Today, the Miami Daily Business Review ran an article about Royal Caribbean trying to disqualify our firm (a story I wrote about last week - more about that later). The Business Review characterized Cruise Law News (CLN) as a "hard hitting blog."
Launched in September 2009, CLN has become one of the most widely read legal blogs in the U.S. Based on U.S. readership, CLN is now in the list of the top 7 most popular law blogs written by lawyers who actually practice law.
Now I will be the first to admit that winning a popularity contest does not mean being the most insightful or the most influential blog. There are a lot of law blogs competing for the "best" category, based on all types of subjective and non quantifiable criteria. And there are lots of interesting law blogs which are written by professors like The Volokh Conspiracy, Althouse, Legal Insurrection, Jonathan Turley and Slaw which have blogged successfully for years.
But when it comes to lawyers who actually take depositions, attend hearings, go to court and try cases, the list of most popular blogs is quite small. Which legal blawgs involving actual practicing lawyers are the most popular?
According to "Avvo's Top Legal Blogs," which uses the Alexa ranking system, here are the 7 most popular law blogs operated by practicing lawyers, based on U.S. traffic (the lower the number, the higher the ranking):
26,700 - IPWatchdog by Gene Quinn (patent lawyer);
38,100 - Cruise Law News by me;
44,903 - Simple Justice by Scott Greenfield (criminal defense);
59,782 - Mortgage Fraud Blog by Rachel Dollar (bank / transactional litigation);
77,300 - Tax Girl by Kelly Phillips Erb (tax attorney);
110,257 - China Law Blog by Dan Harris (international law); and
136,029 - Legal Juice by Mesirow & Stravitz (personal injury lawyers).
When I launched the blog one year ago, I promised that I would talk straight about issues which make the cruise industry uncomfortable. So Its reaffirming for a local business newspaper to call CLN "hard hitting."
Sounds like bragging? You bet. This is Miami after all. A lack of confidence in a city of over-achieving-caffeine-addicted-ego-maniacs gets you run over.
And I don't intend to end up being road kill.
A "Hard Hitting Blog" was featured today on Best in Law Blogs : LexBlog Network : October 5, 2010 Thanks LexBlog!