Thursday, January 22, 2009
Newer Notes on a Kinder, Gentler Blog
By Norm Kent
Welcome again to the Broward Law Blog.
Here are some news and notes.
First, I have named this blog The Broward Law Blog, and it will be accessible easily at www.browardlawblog.com If you saved the earlier title that I was temporarily using, browardccc.blogspot.com, you can delete it. The url was too complicated.
Second, I am neither in a race with JAABLOG to some artificial destination, nor do I care what they do with their villainous website. My eyes are set upon the stars and I am not going to slow up by looking down at their feet.
Third, the Broward Law Blog is at its inception. It is not a publicity stunt to create a ‘Blog War’, though that was a very creative post from the other team. I loved the picture of me playing baseball ten years ago. I wish I still could. I laughed at the scurrilous homophobic pot shots which followed. That’s fine. I have been in the public eye for a long time, as an attorney, radio host, and publisher. I can handle it. As Howard Finkelstein noted to me, rather incisively, as always, “an anonymous post only has the power you rent it in your head.”
Fourth, I owe the censors at JAABLOG thanks. I have watched too much of the turmoil in this courthouse and county from the sidelines. They took down one of my columns and inspired me to start a legal blog of my own; inspiring me to do something I have otherwise wanted to do for a long time. They say I am a Johnny-come-lately. So was Lou Gehrig when he replaced Wally Pipp.
Fifth, I am looking forward to this new adventure and working cooperatively with lots of good people to spread our message. That means applauding success and admitting failures, being honest though not necessarily hurtful, and being a warrior, not just a witness.
This is the blog’s third day online, and it was not supposed to be our first. As I was planning the design, test formatting the layout and posting initial articles on the blog, the site went ‘hot’ with public notices from other sources. Blogging is not a skill set I learned in law school. I still have lots of design, layout, and content work to do, so give me some time, and enjoy the diversity and breadth of this site, as it emerges. I hope I can create something the legal community will turn to for information and ideas.
Once the blog is up and running, I will enhance it by asking supportive members to join with me in the Broward County Courthouse Coalition, a non profit organization with new officers, including experienced attorneys and youthful law students. Together, as the group grows, we can become an advocacy group serving the public good. Whether our role in the courthouse is as a deputy in charge of security, a clerk commanding files, or a lawyer advocating a case, we are all partners. We are a coalition of professionals trying to make our lives more dignified.
All I can tell you about this new Broward Law Blog is that I am going to try to have fun, make it entertaining, aesthetic, and meaningful. I hope the voices you hear are respectable and have content worthy of your consideration and inviting of your time.