In October 2005, LexBlog went live with my Bankruptcy Litigation Blog, then the internet’s first bankruptcy-related blog and only the 16th blog that LexBlog had taken live. The blog had a strong 8 year run, earning more than 1 million substantive hits, including from courts in every federal district as well as the United States Supreme Court. Each year, new friendships developed, many of which have stood the test of time.
By 2013, however, with bankruptcy blogs proliferating, my 4 kids in grade school, junior high, and college, respectively, and everyone’s attention span narrowing as time demands multiplied exponentially, I found myself increasingly drawn to Twitter, where I barked over 6,800 tweets, many of which included links to topical cases, articles, or news reports that interested me, and hopefully other restructuring professionals.
Then, early this year, I went looking for my blog, but it was gone! Notices of the pending expiration of my blog’s domain never reached me, so the domain expired, and eight years of content was erased in an instant (proving yet again that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the English lawyer Henry De Bracton said about 750 years ago )!
It’s one thing not to blog for 4 years; it’s another to lose 8 years of content, 1,500 hours of labor, and nearly 400 substantive posts and have nothing to show for it! So I decided to relaunch the blog. What everyone originally thought would be a simple reboot of content from LexBlog’s archives turned out to be a gargantuan task taking LexBlog’s superb and unflappable staff five more months to complete as they painstakingly recreated the blog from scratch, link by link, post by post.
So, the Bankruptcy Litigation Blog is back, and what better time to start than Chanukah (discussed in this prior post)!
Some blogs only aggregate content. Some blogs only create content. This blog has done both, and will continue to do so, though likely in shorter posts that make the point succinctly.
As before, guest posting is always available for professionals looking for a platform to establish their voice on bankruptcy and restructuring issues. Timely ideas always welcome!
Happy Holidays to all!
© Steve Jakubowski 2017