I started doing the round-ups on February 28, 2007. The first one didn’t have a number, since I didn’t know if I would continue it. But I enjoyed the challenge of scouring the personal injury blawgosphere to see what was out there. And I learned two valuable things:
- When you do round-ups, people on the web find you since you are busy throwing about links left and right;
- Doing round-ups makes you a better blogger, since you read the posts of others with a far more critical eye. It’s an excellent way to learn good blogging technique.
But I stopped the round-ups on November 16th on my first year blawgoversary, because the round-ups meant less time for other posts. There are, after all, only so many hours in a day. I wrote at that time,
The Personal Injury Round-Up that I have been doing is now kaput. It was fun while it lasted, but very time consuming to do on a regular basis…I hope to spend more time on individual stories and, hopefully, occasionally write stories that are not yet in the press.
But lo and behold Brooks Schuelke, stepped into the void, picked up the ball and ran with it. Until today. Brooks has also realized that, while these may be fun to do on an occasional basis, it’s tough to do week in and week out. He wrote today:
…the Round-Up has taken on a life of its own. Even with the help of a law clerk, I spent most of my blogging time looking for Round-Up stories at the expense of the more in-depth posts that I previously enjoyed. So after much thought, I’m not going to return to the Round-Up. I have really enjoyed the Round-Up, but I think it’s time to move on.
And so there it is. Unless, of course, someone else sees an opportunity to create value on their blog while at the same time making themselves known in this niche. Maybe, perhaps, the round-up is only on life support? Perhaps someone else will step out of the shadows to embrace the project for a few weeks time, ’til it passes to yet another? Only time will tell…
(And I never did figure out if it should be round-up, roundup or round up. I’ve probably been screwing that up for a year and a half.)
Updated! And just like that, new life is breathed into the almost-still body of the round-up by TortsProf Bill Childs and his merry band of professorial bloggers! Click here for the official audio annoucement.