Sunday, October 17, 2010

Today Is Practical Paralegalism's Second Birthday

And they said it wouldn't last...or that they hoped it would last...or something like that.

Two years ago today, I published my very first blog post.

I'll be frank. I. Did. Not. Know. What. I. Was. Doing.

I didn't know how to insert a hyperlink or a photo into a post, much less a video. HTML code was something other people knew. I was also pretty darned serious for the first few months; I didn't know it was okay to just let it all hang out every now and then. (Well, maybe it's still not okay, but I do it anyway because it's fun.)

Last year, I celebrated Practical Paralegalism's first birthday with the Los Angeles Paralegal Association. I couldn't believe they let a country hick like me come to the big city and hang out with them. I was completely impressed by LAPA's energy, diversity and fantastic CLE offerings.

This year, I celebrated by yelling at my teens for having the grossest room on the planet and for leaving chocolate on the floor of their room for The Corginator to find, and by publishing rather more posts than usual, because there were simply a lot of amazing paralegal stories to share. (Don't worry, I'm thinking about taking the rest of the week off.)

And then I found The Christmas Corgi Blog, and the perfect picture to celebrate such a momentous birthday.

(In case you think it's all about my dog, I'm happy to post pictures of your dogs, too. I keep a picture of my dogs on my desk, so that on really bad days, I can remind myself that I have to keep my cool and continue to work in order to buy kibble.)

So, to repeat the goals stated in my first entry into the blawgosphere ever, here's to another year of sharing some good paralegal stories, some good paralegal lessons, and some good paralegal practice tips. If we are lucky enough to share a few laughs, too, then that is definitely my idea of a good day.

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  1. Congratulations on two years. I read often but have only commented once (well, now twice). Thanks for all of the great info!

  2. Wow, 2 years!! I can't believe I am just now discovering your little world on the web ;) Hope you can at least have a cup-cake for 'your birthday'--you've earned it!

  3. Happy Birthday Practical Paralegalism! I look forward to reading everyday. Congratulations.

  4. Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

    You are an inspiration to all paralegals. You provide wonderful advice and encouragement to those of us who are "newbies" to the profession. You help us to believe that we too can make it in the big, bad legal world. And you do it all with sincerity, hope and laughter.

    Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  5. Happy Birthday, Practical Paralegalism! May have you many more excellent years!

  6. Tammy, you are on a commenting roll! Thank you so much!

    Amanda, I love your thoughtful blog posts - no telling what I would have posted back in th' day (1986) when I started my first job in the legal field - as a legal secretary/gopher/low man on the totem pole :P Many thanks for your kind remarks.

  7. Happy Birthday!!! Congrats on your two years and hope there are more to come.

    Thank you so much for your support and not being ashamed to know me :)

    Paralegal Hell

  8. Happy Birthday! I recently found your blog and it gave me that "shot in the arm" to press on and finish my paralegal studies program here in N.J. Thank you, thank you.

  9. Nikki - I had a pumpkin sugar cookie, and it rocked. The worst part of day was going back to get another one - and discovering the package was GONE :(

    Nicole - Thank you for being a daily reader; I'm truly honored.

    Carole - Thanks so much for commenting, and for the encouragement.

    PH - Aw, thanks. I liked you on Facebook, too.

    Susan - Thanks for sharing that, and please stay in touch. I wish you the very best in your continuing paralegal studies and future career.

  10. Lynne,

    Congrats on a successful two years!
    You are also an inspiration to veteran paralegals (and newbie bloggers).

  11. Congratulations on sustaining the incredible energy of your blog for two years--and counting. Well done!

    Wendy Kimbel, ACP, NCCP
    Paralegal Assistance, Inc.
    Mebane, NC

  12. MC ~ Coming from a fellow writer, that's high praise. Thank you so much!

    Wendy ~ I'm a tremendous admirer of your accomplishments, and appreciate the feedback. As for the energy, with my OCD tendencies, I'd probably be scrubbing the tile in my kitchen with a toothbrush if my blog didn't provide a creative outlet :P

  13. Mrs ~ Thank you. All of the nice post comments (manna from heaven to blogger) made my week!

    You guys rock; I couldn't (and wouldn't) do this without you.


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