Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Law Librarians Blog has gone dark . . . .

I'm very sorry to report that the Law Librarians Blog, founded by Joe Hodnicki and Mark Giangrande has gone dark as of January 8, 2020 (I only learned of that myself last week). The final post, a melancholic "Goodbye World," is here

You may not be aware but Joe was one of the early innovators of academic legal blogging and had been at it since 2005 when he called it quits in January. My understanding is that he was co-founder of the Law Prof Blog network along with Professor and Dean Paul Caron (he's still listed as a co-founder here - if you scroll to the bottom of the blog roll) though Dean Caron eventually bought Joe out. Joe then went on to found the Law Librarians Blog on the Wordpress platform (the Law Prof Blog network uses the platform). When Joe was part of the Law Prof Blog network, his blog was called the "Law Librarian [no "s"] Blog."  Presumably someday, someone is going to write the history of academic legal blogging and will need to know this stuff.

On a personal level, I'm very sorry to see Joe go. Though I don't know his reason(s) for shutting down the blog (and we haven't been in touch as much as in the old days), keeping a blog going for 15 years would wear the best of us down and Joe outlasted by far most legal bloggers who tend to give up after a few years. Joe was also the guy who encouraged me to start this blog so I want to publicly thank him for that and for supporting me through the years. 

Happy trails, Joe. I hope life is treating you well. The legal blogosphere bids adieu to one of its pioneers and innovators. 


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Somewhere along the line I've heard many times the expression, "All good things must come to an end." That might not be so universally, but it certainly is, at least for us, true in this instance. Blogs, being personal and not institutional, rarely have succession plans in place, and I can understand the suggestion that after 15 years the energy wanes (as I've been at it since February 2004). The cessation of the Law Librarians blog leaves a big hole in the academic and law practice blog worlds.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Mar 10, 2020 6:13:22 AM

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