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November 24, 2008

more Wing Beats, less beating the blawg bushes

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Giacalone @ 7:46 am

the sunset geese –
a tailgater honks

-poem (& photo) by dagosan – orig. tinywords – December 12, 2006

The f/k/a Gang started complaining about the trend in lawyer marketing years ago — the constant stress on brand creation, selling strategies and self-promotion. (see, e.g., “Brand Lex” and “lawyers as tin men“)  In “Is legal marketing spoofable?,” we noted that almost all lawyer marketing was turning into a parody of marketing.   Meanwhile, our distate over the advent of advertising on lawyer weblogs now seems hopeless outdated and naive.  And, our praise for weblogs with a strong personal voice and content that is “interesting and well-said” seems downright old-fashioned.

What brought all this to mind is Scott Greenfield’s confession a few days ago at Simple Justice that “constant, obsessive, flagrant effort at marketing” that he sees at most lawyer weblogs “has me in a twist.” See “Networking, Thought Sharing and Enough Already” (Nov. 18, 2008). Scott says:

What I’m seeing is that the “how to” of marketing, the advice on self-promotion and, worst of all, the language that pervades blawgospheric discourse has become increasingly directed to open, notorious marketing.  Many of the most popular blawgs around are solely directed toward marketing.  Many of the best writers in the blawgosphere post only about marketing.   How to snag the last client on earth will be the final post in the blawgosphere.

Is this all we lawyers are?  Is this all we want to be?

Scott also pokes fun at the fog of marketing lingo that has spread across the blawgisphere.  He worries: “One of my gravest fears for the blawgosphere is that it will turn into one giant infomercial, all about self-promotion and marketing, both to other lawyers . . and clients.”

The response (similar to when this weblog passes judgment on lawyer activity that seems a bit too acquisitive) was defensive and angry, and poor Scott ended up spending far too much of his week replying to the carping.  He probably doesn’t really want any more attention, but — if you tend to agree with his analysis and perspective — Prof. Yabut and I urge you nonetheless to head over there a show your support.

Naturally, we think a great antidote to all those lawyers beating the bushes for clients, is a few more idyllic haiku by Matt Morden from “Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku” (Snapshot Press, 2008):

bent back
by april wind
cormorant wings

december dawn
oystercatchers deep in
the cockle truck tracks

strategy planning
crows disappear
into the slates

stadium tour
a pigeon struts
in the manager’s box

… by Matt Morden – Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2008);
orig pub.- Stumbles in Clover (Snapshot Press, 2007)
except: “stadium tour” – A Dark Afternoon (2000)

. . find more Wing Beats and avian haiku here and there.


  1. I’m running a 50% off sale on a murder defense today, so if there’s anyone you want to kill, this would present a great opportunity.

    Comment by shg — November 24, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  2. Oh, sure, Scott, now you tell me, when I’ve already booked up the rest of my day and have no spare time to locate homicide targets. Of course, I can’t tell you about my plans in advance. Do you offer Rain Checks?

    Comment by David Giacalone — November 24, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  3. Sorry, no rain checks, but we do have a layaway plan, and for the holidays, there’s one of our clients’ favs, “Commit a crime now, Pay later!”

    Comment by shg — November 24, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  4. Scott, since I refuse to use IM-acronyms or emoticons, I have to actually tell you: I’m smiling, Dude.

    Comment by David Giacalone — November 24, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

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