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Blawg Review Writes Its Own Obit

Is it the beginning of the end for the legal blog? First, I wrote here last week about legal bloggers throwing in the virtual towel, their blogging labors having left them frustrated and depressed. Then came the news that the esteemed Wall Street Journal Law Blog had cut its lead writer, as I noted in a separate post here today. Finally I arrive at today's Blawg Review #200, expecting a blaze of fireworks to celebrate this blog bicentennial, and instead find myself greeted by a photo of mourners at a funeral and this opening sentence: "Could this be the end of the line?"

Could it? It is not the end, at least not for Blawg Review. Rather, spurred by a post at ProBlogger urging bloggers to write their blogs' obituaries as an exercise in self-motivation, Blawg Review's anonymous editor takes up the challenge. Without repeating his entire eulogy, I offer this sample:

Blawg Review was the blog carnival for everyone interested in law. A peer-reviewed blog carnival, the host of each Blawg Review decided which of the submissions and recommended posts were suitable for inclusion in the presentation. And the host was encouraged to source another dozen or so interesting posts to fit with any special theme of that issue of Blawg Review.

And then from the funeral to the celebration! For, as "Ed" goes on to say, "We've come to praise Blawg Review, not to bury it." No Irish wake for Blawg Review, but a Dixieland jazz funeral, only with an Anglo-American musical theme adapted from The Traveling Wilburys. But if not the end for Blawg Review, could it be for its anonymous editor? He closes this 200th Blawg Review with verses from the song "Heading for the Light":

My shoes are wearing out from walking down this same highway
I don't see nothing new but I feel a lot of change
And I get the strangest feeling, as I'm
Heading for the light

And then these words: "And on that note, my friends, I'll take a bow and leave the stage. Encore? This is ... The End of the Line." Suddenly, a recent conversation I had with Ed seems ominous and foreboding. He told me that he had arranged for others to take over Blawg Review should he one day disappear. Is Ed, too, now throwing in the towel?

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 23, 2009 at 11:39 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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