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People hate lawyers
Yep, most people hate lawyers. I’ll be one (a lawyer, not a person) in a few months. I can admit that people hate the profession I’m entering.
The reasons for not liking lawyers are probably endless. As are the lawyer jokes. Thus, I’m not going to detail those.
My purpose here is to highlight some features of legal blogs that illustrate some of those reasons. Since legal blogs have really taken off in 2006, this year end review seems appropriate. Maybe it will spur some change in 2007.
If you’re having trouble going to sleep, head on over to Blawg Search and read a couple legal blogs. You’ll be sound asleep in no time. It’s almost like enrolling in an online school and taking the most boring classes you can find.
Some of these blogs have no pictures, no graphics, very few colors, poor design. You get the point. Boring content and no eye candy makes Andrew bored. Nobody likes to read a boring blog OR to be with a boring person.
Have you ever heard the term “blawg”? It’s something that lawyers made up to describe their “law blogs.” Why do we need our own term?! Can’t we just have blogs like everyone else?!
Here’s why: lawyers have to justify their existence. To ensure we continue as a profession, we make up terms, write confusing contracts, and create havoc with the laws. Then people have to pay US to unravel the confusion. It’s a great scam!
They’re made of ivory
Aside from general confusion, legal blogs tend to have a certain tone about them. It goes beyond the stiff collar feeling that some academic blogs have. It’s downright “I’m better than you because I’m a lawyer.”
Since when does the ivory tower of law school belong in the blogosphere? Or, as law bloggers like to call it, the blawgopshere. Most people aren’t going to like you if you take on a “I’m superior” tone. Blogs are all about getting everyone involved, and that doesn’t happen when one person is encased in ivory.
No social interaction
Finally, some legal bloggers have ignored a fundamental premise of blogs: interaction. A regular website is primarily one-way communication. The webmaster publishes content for other people to digest.
But blogs are about conversation, interaction, and community. We all have our little podium, but we share it with other people too. We encourage discourse and debate. We put our heads together to think big thoughts. We blog together.
Many lawyers don’t get this in the blogosphere or in everyday life. They don’t enable comments on their blogs. They don’t use trackbacks. Some legal blogs don’t even have contact email addresses to get in touch with the owner. Heaven forbid they actually comment on someone else’s blog.
Similarly, many lawyers eat in their private dining clubs. They hang out in little groups of fellow lawyers. They don’t network with people outside their profession, and especially not outside their class within society.
Do you hate lawyers?
Those are my observations from this year of blogging. They don’t apply to all legal bloggers, but they apply to many. Hopefully I’ve broken out of the mold.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a disdain or dislike for lawyers? What constructive criticism can you provide? Please leave a comment or drop me a line.
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