One of the big challenges about publishing a blog on focused topics is that external events can intrude and make your posts seem like they don’t live in the real world.

Twenty years ago today, I published my first post on this blog. Over the years, I liked to mark each blogiversary (or blawgiversary) with some kind of a clever post. For this one, which is kind of a big deal, I had a few clever ideas.

Then, on Monday, the mass shootings happened at Michigan State University. As most of you know, I’m now the Director of the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation and teach several classes at the MSU College of Law. I taught two classes on Monday and left for home about two hours before the terrible events happened. I want to acknowledge the tragedy that happened and the difficulties and challenges that it has created. MSU has canceled classes for the rest of this week as the community tries to deal with the aftermath.

I’ll save something clever or whatever about a blogiversary for another day.

People occasionally ask me if I would have ever expected to still be posting to this blog twenty years later when I started it. I kind of did. It’s been a great outlet, helped me find my voice, and led to so many things, including friendships with the pioneer lawyer bloggers in the photo. It’s almost impossible for me to imagine ever shutting it down.

Thank you all for reading, whether as a longtime reader or a first-time reader. To happier times.

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