I guess when you’ve been blogging as long as I have (four years next month), it’s inevitable that someone will criticize aspects of your blog (such as its name, MyShingle) as so last millenium. Which is fine, because while I sometimes blog about solo trends and the coolness factor of solo practice, truth is, trends and coolness aren’t my focus, never have been. In a couple of days, I celebrate my 13th year as a solo, back in the era when solos were regarded as the untouchables of the legal profession and before dotcom entrepreneurs made working from home cool. For me, solo practice was never a trend, but reality and a lifesaver; the only way that I could find to practice law and accomodate raising my daughters.
I love running MyShingle, but I’ll always be a practicing lawyer, first and foremost. And that’s why I favor the solo and practice blogs that aren’t form over substance or full of jargon but those that teach me, by example, how to practice law and deliver legal services to my clients better, faster and less expensively. Those that help me stay in business just another day so that I can provide an alternative to overpriced, low quality law firms and in so doing, expand access to law. Maybe that makes me awfully stodgy in a third wave world, but that’s My Shingle and I plan on sticking to it.