The ABA’s 2012 Blawg 100 is out, and, though Blog Law Blog made the list last year, this year it was not to be.
But plenty of great blogs are on the list. And through tomorrow, you can vote for the readers’ choice favorites by going to the page.
You really, actually, should vote. Why? Extremely low voter turnout is making this one election where you can really make a difference. Did your vote for president last month really matter? But your vote here might literally make the difference. Blogs that are really crushing it might have a couple hundred votes. Meanwhile, there are super-deserving blogs just barely in the double-digits. So vote!
Here’s Blog Law Blog’s suggestions for who deserves your ballot, and who’ve already gotten mine:
- Technology & Marketing Law Blog by Eric Goldman and Venkat Balasubramani. This is the best blog out there closest to the subject matter covered on Blog Law Blog. And maybe the only honor better than Blog Law Blog’s making the Blawg 100 last year was that the description included a quote from Eric G. himself with a complement. So vote for T&M Law Blog.
- The Volokh Conspiracy by Eugene Volokh and others. This is an old-line prestige blog, dating all the way back to January 4, 2004. It’s still one of the best.
- SCOTUSblog. I agree with the fan quoted in the ABA Journal who called SCOTUSblog “extraordinary.” But I’ve got to strongly disagree as that admirer goes on to say SCOTUSblog “sets the gold standard to which all blawgs should aspire.” That’s insane. For most bloggers, aspiring to do what SCOTUSblog does would just make you go crazy. Not even aspiring, but just thinking about aspiring makes me exhausted.
- 43(B)log by Rebecca Tushnet. Rebecca’s prolificness also exhausts me – maybe even more so than SCOTUSblog, since Rebecca’s blog is a solo effort. One of my favorite features is the play-by-play coverage of academic conferences. (And yes, her coverage goes well beyond Section 43(b) of the Lanham Act – banning importation trademark-infringing goods – but she does keep a germanely close eye on trademark law.
- Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. I’m getting the shout out to these folks despite their generic name. “Law Blog” is really uninspired and too close to “Blog Law Blog” for my taste. But this is still a great blog.
Also, vote for these Blawg 100 honorees from colleagues of mine at Texas Tech. They’re not on subjects close to Blog Law Blog’s usual fare, but they are great blogs nonetheless:
- Wills, Trusts, and Estates Prof Blog by Gerry W. Beyer.
- Legal Writing Prof Blog by Nancy Soonpaa and others.