Things people say about Pink Tape

Family Law AwardsSometimes people say good things about this blog. Sometimes they are meanies. This week Pink Tape was praised by the judges of the Jordans Family Law Awards for providing "Accessible and incisive legal comment that is both informative and entertaining. Pink Tape successfully communicates with members of the legal profession, policy makers and lay people, helping to provide increased understanding in a field which is frequently criticised for being secretive." Which is nice. Although they didn't like me quite enough to give me a gong. 😉 (Oddly they didn't mention my booky wook at all, which I like to think is just a little bit innovative).

I contemplated gathering together more plaudits and faint praise in a sort of "Testimonials" "Look aren't I ace" thang. But on reflection I thought it would be much more persuasive fun to sample some of the comments I get day in and day out, not from the great and the good, but from the everyday amongst my readers. After all, it's the real people that matter.

Things people* say about Pink Tape:

*all real people and not spambots at all

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Sample CV keeps it short: "ecstatic adoration to constructive criticism". Is that a haiku?

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Keyon "You Sir/Madam are the enemy of cofnsuion everywhere!" And also of bad splellign.

Melloney "You put the lime in the conocut and drink the article up." Ah. My secret recipe.

And a comment which can only be proof of my true standing as awesomest blogger ever by virtue of the fact that I receive identical praise from at least six differently (and uniquely) named individuals a day is: "Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time". First rule of evidence - repetition makes it true, right? No? Wait...

So you see, I don't need awards. I have my fan base. They keep me real.

 

Other things people say about the person behind Pink Tape

"High maintenance" (my clerks)

"Worst client ever" (@waugaman, my web tech man)

"Stroppy" (my mum)

"Your tummy wobbles" (3 y/o)

 

It's all about perspective, innit.

Legal Blogging Goes Boom!

There is indeed a veritable explosion of legal blogs (blawgs, twegals and other twaddle). Until not so long ago it has been quite an isolating experience combining practice at the bar with a slightly more creative approach to writing, particularly one that involves expressing a personal view (Typing "IMHO" is contrary to a barrister's most basic instincts in so many ways. It requires conscious effort to retrain oneself to function normally in internet society). Trying to imagine the bar 2.0 has been tough, the independent bar operates in a world where we are given a daily platform to play devil's advocate, always safe in the knowledge that we are simply doing a job and not responsible for what we say. But when I am blogging they are my words are my responsibility. And it's not a trivial one. "Your Honour, those are my instructions" just doesn't cut it.

But enough of the navel gazing metaphysics of blogging. John Bolch has noticed the big bang and he ponders whether it's all getting a bit ordinary. One of many. Blah blah. I admit to the occasional resentful feeling recently - it may have been isolating, but it was at least novel. Perhaps it is less of both these days. But ultimately I don't blog for the USP, I blog because I enjoy it. And I think that's an essential ingredient of an interesting blog, a great blog. Blogging is in all honesty a little bit of a vanity project for all of us (deny it if you like but it's true), but it is dull, pointless and blah if that's all it's about. There are some "blogs" which are transparently no more than adverts (blahdverts?), and which offer little of interest. But there are still lots of really excellent writers out there, and more each day. It's just a question of sifting through the dross.

To prove my point, here are a few new blogs I've discovered in the last couple of days alone, they look to have lots of potential and I wish them well:

Carrefax is a blog from a law reporter, according to my friend from Onblastblog.com. I read his recent post on the dining experience with interest, although I have to say I don't really agree with him. I found the whole experience rather dull, pointless and isolating and I don't take particular issue with the Guardian article he critiques in his post. I guess my chip was harder to shrug off than Carrefax's.

Clerkingwell (geddit?) is a blog from a barrister's clerk, Jeremy Hopkins in which he bravely tackles the topic of ABS.

Family Law Confessions is the new blog of a junior family solicitor. I recognize much of the world he describes, and I will be following with interest to see how he deals with the difficulties of blogging about day to day practice given the constraints of confidentiality. As I write this post the site seems to be down, but you can find it here, no doubt it will be unglitchified and back again before long.

Wikio Rankings

For those new to the world of legal blogging Wikio's top 20 is a good place to start. There are a few I had not been aware of, and a few old favourites. A few goodies are notably absent, for example the illustrious Charon QC but this I suspect is because he is allergic to prizes, rankings or anything involving an award (He would have been embraced by the PE teachers at my secondary school in the '80s (when competition in sports was outlawed for fear of damaging delicate and not very athletic flowers like myself)).

Wikio's rankings for May:

1 Jack of Kent
2 UK Human Rights Blog
3 POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG
4 The Open Rights Group Blog
5 XpertHR - Employment Intelligence
6 Head of Legal
7 Lords of the Blog
8 TechnoLlama
9 The 1709 Blog
10 Jailhouselawyer's Blog
11 Employment law from People Management
12 Inforrm's Blog
13 Free Movement
14 The Magistrate's Blog
15 The Landlord Law Blog
16 Law: Afua Hirsch's law blog | guardian.co.uk
17 nearlylegal
18 Law and Lawyers
19 Pink Tape
20 Family Lore

Ranking made by Wikio