The older I get, the more I appreciate the effort it takes to get the important things done right. Blogging is no exception. Lots of blogs (and their bloggers) start out with a bright burst of energy and enthusiasm, only to falter when they come face to face with the realities of regular blogging. As I have learned, it is very hard to maintain a schedule of regular blogging. So I remain impressed by those who do. Equally impressive are the folks who have been blogging for years, but still find a reason to blog regularly and, more importantly, still find something interesting to say to their readers.
Accordingly, on this occasion of the the nominations for the 2011 ClawBies Awards, I thought I should pay tribute to Canadian bloggers who are relative “old-timers” in terms of their length of service in the blogging field. Their longevity is a testament to their creativity, mastery of the art, and stick-with-itness:
- Connie Crosby. Let me start by nominating “Info Diva” and consultant, Connie Crosby. Blogging since 2004, Connie consistently provides her readers with the latest information and guidance in the areas of information management, social media and legal libraries. In addition to her own blog, Connie is a contributor to the phenomenal slaw.ca blog. Active on Twitter and in several professional groups that meet face-to-face, Connie is a blogging leader.
- Garry J. Wise. The Wise Law Blog casts its net widely, covering legal, political and technology topics. Garry started the blog in 2005 and has been joined over the years by contributors from his firm and by the occasional guest blogger. In addition, he and his colleagues provide legal news updates via Wise Law on Twitter. The “140Law” headlines give readers a quick way to track legal developments in their Twitter feed.
- Allison Wolf. Blogging since 2006, Allison provides timely and thoughtful advice in The Lawyer Coach Blog. If you take a moment to read some of her posts, you’ll soon discover that her coaching advice is not limited to the world of lawyers and law firms. Rather, it has broader application across a variety of workplaces. In addition to her blog, Allison is a columnist on slaw.ca.
There is an old proverb that claims that “old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.” While I know little about the chronological ages of the bloggers nominated here, the quality of their blogging suggests that they have cornered the market on skill. On behalf of their readers past, present and future, I wish them many more years of continued blogging success.
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