After some consideration, today I made the sad decision to retire one of my long time pages: "CT Legal Blogs". One of the big reasons I felt sorry taking it down is because it garnered so many page views and I always like to retain on my blog any feature which is highly popular.
On the other hand, I really have to consider the purpose of my blog. Am I here to promote the blogs of legal professionals? Really? Reluctantly, I must agree that I probably am not, even though the information could be valuable to people depending upon what they are looking for.
I am also concerned that the CT Legal Blog page could give the impression that I am endorsing certain attorneys and attorney firms--which I am not. I do not promote or endorse any particular attorney or firm.
Historically, I began the CT Legal Blogs page very early in my work as a blogger, and I did it out of interest for what kinds of other blogs were out there. I have to say that this was a very important part of my learning process and, in the course of the investigation into other legal blogs, I was very impressed with the high quality of many of the blogs and I think it is really valuable that there are attorneys out there who are blogging and who are sharing very important information with litigants and helping them with their decision making processes and keeping them informed. This is truly a public service for the many thousands of litigants who are trying to navigate their way through the CT Legal system.
On the other hand, I think it is time for me to let go of their digital hands and move forward independent of their influence. The bottom line is that I am the voice of the litigant and I wish to align myself with the voices of other litigants. I don't want to be mistaken for a legal professional in any way. So eliminating this particular page is part of being more clear regarding how I definite myself and where my position is in the marketplace of ideas.
As with many things, change is not always easy. Nonetheless, I think this is a change that has found its time, so I am going to go with it.
As a replacement for the page we are losing here, I am now adding a page which will link viewers directly to the Divorce in Connecticut Youtube page. This is the easiest way I could think of to direct people towards the Youtube page which is now beginning to play a much greater role in the work I am doing.
I am not sure if this will be my final resting place for the Youtube link, but it seems to me to be good enough for now. As with many things, the effectiveness of the blog is limited to my technical abilities which are slow in developing.
When it comes to the blog, my first concern is always to ensure that I post family court news in a timely and efficient manner so that activists are well informed about developments. If that means I have an absence of razzle dazzle in my blog, so be it. Meanwhile, we do have a Youtube channel up and running and I think it will add a rich visual dimension to the distribution of information regarding our corrupt family court system.
I'd be interested in hearing from people regarding their experience of the Divorce in Connecticut Youtube channel as it moves forward. Don't hesitate to add your thoughts in the comment section below!