Monday, December 30, 2013
Kim Dayton invited Becky Morgan and me to join her on the Elder Law Prof Blog, with our collaboration first appearing in mid-August. I've been surprised by how much I've enjoyed this opportunity. Behind the scenes, it has been great to get to know Becky and Kim better. For example, Becky and I often "chat" on weekends about upcoming events or topics.
Perhaps more importantly, I have found that the act of writing regular posts requires me to read both more broadly and more carefully. I'm encouraged to pursue those tantalizing leads I hear or read about (and I'm getting comfortable navigating state court websites from Maine to Washington!) The downside, of course, is that blogging is time consuming, particularly as we do write original material.
We're always pleased to hear from readers (and the numbers seem to be growing, with recent daily visits averaging above 1,000 in number). I find that most comments come via email, rather than the comment function on the Blog. That's fine, of course, as long as readers realize it is probably easier for us to miss an email than a posted comment on the Blog itself.
At the end of the year, it would be fun for the three of us to hear what you, as readers find most interesting and/or useful in the Blog these last four months. For example,
- Are there topics we're missing?
- How useful is it for us to summarize news stories from media sources?
- Do you like links to faculty-authored articles?
- Are individual case reports interesting or useful?
- Are we too opinionated -- or not enough?
- Elder law is full of acronyms -- LTC, MA, CCRCs, ALF, and so on. Is it okay to use them (or rather, are we remembering to provide appropriate definitions)?
- What topics do you find most interesting?
Let us know what you think! Our New Years' Resolutions will include efforts to do a better job! And thank you for all of your suggestions, encouragement, corrections and comments these last four months!
Happy 2014, folks! We hope you have a healthy, happy start to the new year.