In case you were wondering about my drastic reduction in posts in recent weeks, it’s because of the big firm legal humor site Bitter Lawyer. I write a column for Bitter Lawyer every other Thursday and, because of intense quality control there, it takes me a lot of time to get those posts done and approved. How did I get roped into that deal? Well, the swell guys over at Lawyerist Media, the outfit that now owns Bitter Lawyer and half of all of the legal blogs in Nebraska and North Dakota, showed me the analytics: 3.7 million hits per day, all unique, with 2.1 million of those hits from big firm partners. I wanted in on that action and, on top of that, they promised free booze, my own vending machine, and a pair of Allen Edmonds every time someone clicked on an affiliate ad. Not bad. I took them up on the offer. [Read more...]
Every year, mediocre blawgers endure the annual beauty contests that honor a select number of “top blawgs,” disappointing us and hundreds of thousands of other blawgers who continue to post in obscurity. No more. Today, Big Legal Brain is pleased to announce the launch of the MehBlawg 1000, our quest to find and honor the world’s top 1,000 or so mediocre blawgs. Know of a mediocre blawg? Do you write one yourself? Or do you want to nominate a blawg that’s so overrated that it deserves to be knocked down a notch? What’s stopping you? Now’s your chance. [Read more...]
As a resident futurist, I’m paid a paltry sum to predict things. But I typically do better than the schleps over at legal marketing and technology blog Lawyerist, who posed this question recently: Lawyers, Is It Time to Toss Your Business Cards? First of all, the answer is yes. Just yes, and most competent lawyers already knew this. But, unlike the novitiates over at Lawyerist, it’s not because of AOL, MySpace, and other more passe social media like Twitter and Quora. It’s because of a recent shift in focusing on “uber” social media, which combines the sensuality of human skin with a conscious desire for too much information. The future of lawyer business cards? The tattoo. [Read more...]
I usually cry when Brian Tannebaum says I’m not a real lawyer. But, after sobbing for an hour and eating some chocolate ice cream, I feel a bit better. And then I carry on. In fact, after being called a fake lawyer now for the last few months, I’ve come to embrace the phrase. Not only that, I have begun to proselytize being a fake lawyer and all that it takes to be one, doling out advice that hundreds of thousands of attorneys have now implemented into their practices. How did I manage to do this in just a few months? Here’s how. [Read more...]
Those of us in the office this morning were chugging Red Bulls and trading stories of sucky Valentine’s Day celebrations when Amy said, “hey, let’s have a contest.” We all thought it was a stupid idea until Chank said he liked it. Then we all thought it was awesome, even Ninja Dog. That’s how office politics work.