The State of the Blog, Two Years On

With age, birthdays become less important, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that on the second anniversary of this blog (give or take a few days) I’m less inclined to wax lyrical than I was after the first anniversary. But a few stray thoughts come to mind:

I pay little attention to my blog’s statistics. All I care about is whether I’ve been gaining readers. So far, I have been—last month I had over 23,000 pageviews, compared with 14,000 pageviews for April 2007. (I’m under no illusions that those numbers would, in absolute terms, get anyone excited.)

I’m amazed that after two years I still have no trouble finding things to write about. Witness today’s post on such as—it deals with a fascinating issue, if I may say so myself. I suspect that over the next couple of years I’ll develop plenty of new material for a third edition of MSCD.

That said, the prospect of having to put together the second edition is what has fueled this blog. It’s no accident that my wrapping up the manuscript for the second edition has coincided with a relative lull in posts.

So what’s next? Well, I’ve been keeping busy roaming the globe giving seminars. That and consulting and teaching will keep me off the streets. But I want to be involved in a document-assembly venture. I’ve made progress in that regard, but obstacles remain. I’ll keep pushing.

And of course I’m looking forward to publication of the second edition of MSCD. It will be exciting. I’m assuming that the production process doesn’t throw up any unpleasant surprises.

You can’t have cyberspace without the occasional glitch. My system for allowing readers to sign up for email updates has been balky over the past couple of weeks. If you can’t get it to work, don’t hesitate to send me an email asking me to sign you up.

Finally, thank you again, readers. It’s late, so I’ll leave it at that for now—the preface to the second edition of MSCD contains a proper thank-you.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

2 thoughts on “The State of the Blog, Two Years On”

  1. Happy belated anniversary.

    I spent SO MUCH of my legal practice litigating the meaning of contractual language that I sometimes long for a time machine that would put your blog back into, say, 1987 at LEAST, when I was still tapping on the LEXIS/NEXIS chiclet keyboard on that cute red Lex-alone terminal perched on the end of the library table.

    But no, Ken, it’s not enough to get me back to practicing law.

    Still, when the odd interpretation question arises, you’re now the first place I go! Hooray!! for the generous world of bloggers.

    Happy birthday!!

    (we should celebrate all of these events; we should make up half and quarter birthdays for that matter; if we had any sense, we’d celebrate the sun rising every morning)



  2. 23,000 pageviews can be pretty influential if the audience is high quality – as the AdamsDrafting one is. it doesn’t take a gigantic number of pageviews to influence key thoughtleaders, just a strong position in the space … congrats!


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