Happy 4th Anniversary Lawdiva!

_DSC4179 - Version 2Happy Anniversary to me…I mean to Lawdiva! On May 10, 2010 I started writing and just haven’t stopped. I’ve since learned that 70% of blogs die within several months of their commencement or just get so sick they fade away.

So, what has the last four years looked like?

1. Thanks to my earliest readers, in October 2010 I won Best Canadian Legal Blog. What a way to start!

2. By early 2011 my blog articles were published in The Huffington Post, Postmedia’s Canada.com, and many of Canada’s daily newspapers including the Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Windsor Star, and Regina Leader Post.

3. I have written 588 articles on 13 broad topics including my favourites: family law, criminal law, bad lawyers…and judges, celebrity divorce, pop culture..

4. My stats indicate I receive on average 40 comments from readers every month, and that many more comments are posted on Facebook and LinkedIn. Which articles got the most comments? “Notables Who Failed Their Bar Exam” and my “Disbarred Series”, followed closely by “The Scourge of Family Law: Child Sexual Abuse”.

5. The editors of Canada’s largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, liked my Lori Douglas bondage judge stories so much they hired me to write one for them.

6. Award winning US website “abovethelaw” didn’t like my opinions on Judge Lori Douglas and berated me in their commentary…I took their attention as a compliment!

7. My story on the Coachella Music Festival appeared in Palm Spring’s Desert Sun newspaper before it hit my blog… I got lots of hate mail for having the nerve to criticize Coachella, an economic necessity for the little town of Indio, California. You know, I still think Snoop Dog is a ghastly role model for the thousands of young teens who subjected themselves to his filth…

8. Most of my followers are Canadian or American, but I also get readers from many other countries including China, India, Australia, Malta (with a big shout-out to my Aunt Petra), Japan, Russia, Guyana, Singapore, Trinidad, Thailand, South America, and Europe.

9. For me, the best part of penning Lawdiva is hearing from you or not hearing from you, but knowing you’re lurking around…

Keep lurking and I’ll keep writing!

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

Happy 2nd Anniversary Lawdiva!

Lawdiva is 2 years-old today! What have I learned since we launched on May 10, 2010? Lots! Firstly, I realized how high a bar I set when I began publishing 15 to 20 stories each month, while practicing law full-time.

Regular readers have probably noticed that my attention has been focused elsewhere this month. That’s because I am scrambling to get everything done before my husband and I head to China and Thailand in a few days. I expect to cover some interesting, quirky legal stories from those two countries while I am away.

I also learned what a crazy, mixed-up world we live in and that despite the rule of law, if the justice system can go awry, it will. I found that foreign legal systems struggle with the same issues we do and that Canadian lawyers and judges have the same concerns as their counterparts worldwide, namely, the delay, cost, confusion and rigidity of our court systems and the perception that “justice for all” is an illusory target.

I discovered that the American justice system is very different from our Canadian experience and have mined the most interesting stories from below the 49th parallel.

What can I say about my readers? Firstly, that I am grateful for their interest and passion in responding to my stories and my opinions. I can also say that most of them are not shy about how they feel and what they think.

I have been applauded, lauded, and encouraged by many. I have also been chided, scolded, criticized, and condemned by others. All in all, the debate is always lively and spirited and I appreciate your views, both salutary and savage.

Since mid-2011 many of my stories have been published by the Huffington Post and Postmedia Canada and all of them are available on my Facebook page, where comments also abound, and on Twitter.

Thanks to everyone and here’s to more happy writing and reading. Cheers!

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang