I just realized that I've been writing this blog for 10 years. While I honestly don't pay all that much attention to these sorts of things, I can't believe where the time has gone.
I have tried to resist the temptation to take a walk down what has proven to be a long memory lane, but I will make a brief comment. When I started this blog on May 1, 2003 (and I vividly remember agonizing about hitting the "Post" button) legal blogging was in its infancy. We viewed blogging as an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. We collaborated, we shared ideas, we gave credit, we made mistakes and we learned from them and from each other. It was, to quote my kids "good times".
None of us really understood it, at least I didn't, nor did we think of all the rewards (personal and professional) that would come from blogging. Those just came in the fullness of time and when they did it provided some encouragement to continue (and all of the "old timers" as Mike Fox has called us, have no doubt thought of "hanging it up" especially as legal blogs proliferated and the space became crowded).
When I started this blog, there were less than a handful of labour and employment blogs (Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer was the inspiration for this blog, and George’s Employment Blawg as well as Ross' Employment Law Blog). Now, everyone seems to write or contribute to a blog. This is the natural evolution of things, I suppose, and we are the beneficiaries of a tremendous amount of information and knowledge that is freely given. I certainly have learned an awful lot from other lawyer blogs, and will continue to do so.
I recall being asked, in those early days, by many, many incredulous people (including journalists and other lawyers) whether I thought blogs were a "fad". I found this question to be odd. I had no idea if blogs were a "fad", but really I didn't care because I was doing it for me and so long as I enjoyed it, I'd continue. If I stopped enjoying it, that would be the end of it, and I'd move onto something else. If others found something interesting or of value in what I wrote, that was great and I was pleased. Clearly, with the benefit of hindsight, legal blogs are not a "fad". To the contrary.
While I don't post as often as I once did, it's not for lack of interest or things to write about, but for lack of time. I really do hope to be able to continue this blog for many years to come and would like to thank all those who wander by for their patronage over the years. It is much appreciated and though I truly do write this for my own benefit, I am grateful when, from time to time, I hear that others have found some of the information here of use to them.