Well folks, the votes are in, the results are tallied, and the dead voters have been quietly returned to their graves. Thanks to the tireless efforts of you, our faithful readers — as well as our own shameless and relentless self-promotion — we are the winners of the 4th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100, in the “For Fun” category. In fact, we’re proud to report that Law Law Land was the highest vote-getter among all 100 legal blogs nominated across 12 categories, a group which included such luminaries (if you’re into this sort of thing) as Above the Law, SCOTUSblog, and, in our own category, Hollywood Reporter Esq. In other words, by this imposingly scientific measure — obviously more significant than readership, Web traffic, longevity, or general cultural relevance — we are evidently the most popular, important, beloved legal blog in America. If you’re wondering what is the appropriate reaction, as in most matters, just let Corey Haim be your guide:
The battle was long and hard-fought, even if at the beginning, we weren’t exactly sure what we were fighting for. (When we heard “ABA,” we thought that anesthesiologists might be involved. And while we were intrigued by the nitrous oxide prospects, this diagram was so disturbing that we were relieved to learn of our mistake.) But we’re proud and grateful to you, our readers, for sticking with us through our first year. And we must extend our sincerest congratulations to our arch-nemeses at That’s What She Said, a “For Fun” nominee whichalso received more votes than any other blog in the Blawg 100, except for one. TWSS: we don’t mind that you called us “dratted” behind our backs (you should have heard the things we were saying about you). And we dig your work. See you at next year’s polls.
So with all that said, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank someone without whom none of this would have been possible: ourselves. If it wasn’t for our unstinting commitment to using legal analysis as a basis for relentlessly mocking the newsmakers of the entertainment world, you, our wonderful readers, would have had no one to vote for in the Blawg 100. You might have even been forced to go outside. As we assume that many of you are lawyers, this might have proven fatal.
To celebrate our victory, and to mark the end of our first (calendar) year, we’d like to highlight our Top 10 of Twenty 10: the ten most popular Law Law Land posts of 2010, as chosen by you, the readers, with your browser clicks. In reverse order:
10. “You Don’t Mess With the [L]ohan” (Megan Rivetti, November 29, 2010): Since Lindsay Lohan pieces come with a built-in reader base, we have suggested that our sister blog about environmental law analyze whether she might be designated a Superfund site.
9. Leggo My Likeness, Part Deux: Does Starcraft II Violate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Right of Publicity? (Dan Nabel, August 25, 2010): We briefly considered a post about the copyright implications of the numerous unauthorized, unlinked, and sometimes uncredited syndications of this post. But then we just watched the YouTube video again and laughed.
8. The Reality of Court-Themed “Reality” Shows (Rachel Wilkes, August 4, 2010): We were amazed to learn how many spurned court-themed “reality show” participants are out there.
7. Being Biopic-ky: Or, How Do You Make a Biopic and Avoid Getting Sued? (Rachel Wilkes, June 11, 2010): For the first six months, 2010 was looking like the year of the biopic lawsuit, and our correspondent was on the scene.
6. On the Art of the Demand Letter (Aaron Moss, September 15, 2010): Ever since reading this important post, our readers have been governing themselves accordingly.
5. So You Think You Can Steal My Dance? Copyright Protection in Choreography (Julia Haye, September 13, 2010): Somehow, we always knew that our readers secretly just want todance.
4. Everything You Need to Know About “The Social Network” and the Law (Aaron Moss, October 6, 2010): Apparently, if you analyze a “Best Picture” contender that has become a social and cultural lightning rod that will eventually catapult its central figure to a three-years-too-late designation as Time’s Person of the Year, people will read. Go figure.
3. Expecto Legalus (Dan Nabel, November 22, 2010): We were thrilled with the success of a post that spotlighted people with interests and hobbies dorkier than our own.
2. An Early Holiday Present from Law Law Land (Law Law Land, December 22, 2010): Should we be offended that our second most read post is essentially a showcase for brilliant legal composition that we had no hand in writing? Nah…
1. Our Holiday Gift to You: Possibly the Most Comprehensive Array of Legal Humor Ever Assembled (Law Law Land, December 27, 2010): Should we be offended that our first and second most read posts are essentially showcases for brilliant legal compositions that we had no hand in writing? Lucky for you, we remain undeterred.
While we’re at it, we’d also like to shine a spotlight on a few of our personal favorites — especially from our halcyon, naïve, early (read: readerless) days — that you might not have noticed lurking in the archives. It was tough to winnow down the 106 articles we published last year, especially when we kept getting distracted by this awesome Chris Farley sketch, but we persevered. And now, in the category of Honorable Mention:
HM. Copyright Infringement 101: Don’t Try This at Home (Rachel Wilkes, November 10, 2010): Let’s play a game we like to call “How many gross misstatements of the law can you find in one paragraph?”
HM. You Could Have Been a Fragrance Millionaire (Ken Basin, February 5, 2010): Any post that references an iconic Seinfeld episode in its title is alright by us.
HM. When DMCA Take-Down Notices Backfire (Dan Nabel, February 20, 2010): One of the constant themes of our commentary is that litigants need to not only understand their rights, but also need to exercise them intelligently. Dan’s piece sets the standard.
HM. A Brief Introduction to the Law of Defamation, Presented in Verse (Bob Chapman, August 16, 2010): The title speaks for itself.
HM. Five Lessons from Warner Bros.’ Loss, as Taught to You By Your Mother (Ken Basin, June 1, 2010): If you really care about the most important developments in the law of our industry — or if you desperately need to be reminded of your mother’s timeless sage wisdom — this is the post for you.
HM. Covering Your (Jack)Ass: Lessons on the Reality Liability Waiver (Rachel Valadez, June 16, 2010): If only all those spurned participants who later read the other Rachel’s post about court-themed “reality” shows had read this post first!
Thanks again, readers. We hope your 2011 started as splendidly as ours did!