Earlier this week we received an email from the editors of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Journal announcing that Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s FDA Law Blog was selected to the 2015 (and 9th annual) ABA Blawg 100. The Blawg 100 is a list of the top 100 legal blogs in the blogosphere, as selected by the ABA from a list of more than 4,000 blogs. This is the fifth time we have made the list (we were previously given the honor in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014). Thank you to our loyal readers who nominated us! We’ll promptly add the coveted badge handed out by the ABA to the “Awards & Honors” section of the FDA Law Blog.
In addition to the Blawg 100, the December issue of the ABA Journal includes an interesting piece, titled “What is the state of the legal blogosphere?” It traces the evolving nature of law blogs and discusses some of the effects of law blogs on the broader legal community. The article also notes how difficult legal blogging can be. “Law blogging is not for the faint of heart,” says one legal blogger. Yeah, we know! It’s hard work. We’ve spend more nights at work putting together posts than we care to remember. After all, we have a deadline to meet. “But done correctly it is a very powerful tool in this advanced technological age,” notes the same legal blogger. It is. And as we finish up our ninth year of blogging, we think (and hope) that we’ve mastered the “secret sauce” of legal blogging. It’s a pinch of this and a dash of that. You have to be thoughtful, creative, timely, and, above all, committed (both the dedicated and “strait-jacket” meanings of the word apply). A successful blog also requires teamwork. And that’s a hallmark of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara.
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