Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Happy Anniversary Prawfs!
I'll have something more to say later today, but I wanted to make available an open-thread to begin the celebrations. Wednesday April 5th marks our one year anniversary from when we posted this welcome and just a day later I posted this first reflection on the problems of expressive politics in the context of urinal fragrance devices. Shortly thereafter, Ethan came aboard, then Hillel and we were off to the races. I'm very grateful to Ethan and the rest of the gang (writers and readers) for having helped make this space such an enjoyable and instructive one for me, and I hope for others. As for those of you who wonder how PrawfsBlawg got its name, it's short for raw law professor blogging. Raw in that most of us aren't tenured and our ideas are usually not yet fully baked...
Some of our former and future guestprawfs will be offering their thoughts today, in posts and comments on this thread. Enjoy!
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You learn something new every day! I had no idea that's where the name came from. I fully expect someone to make some kind of sly, witty Levi-Strauss reference, or at least some Fine Young Cannibals lyrics.
Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Apr 5, 2006 1:19:59 AM
Congratulations! I started blogging at Prawfs on May 4th of last year, I believe. And that frightens me a bit, because in about a month, I'll have been blogging for a year. A year! It's hard to believe. I didn't expect to stick around the blogosphere when I started, but my hosts at Prawfs let me stay on and I foolishly let myself get addicted to blogging. So I thank Prawfs and curse Prawfs too!
Anyway, it was a delight blogging here, and Prawfs continues to be on my "must read" list. Keep up the terrific work here.
And I can't resist getting in one final word about the name PrawfsBlawg, which drove me crazy when I blogged here. I lobbied for it to be changed, since nobody understood what it meant and nobody could spell or pronounce it . . . but it weathered the storm and stuck. The big question I have is on the durability of the name. When the bloggers here are grey-haired tenured professors, will "Prawfs" really still work as a name? But perhaps folks won't be blogging then -- blogging will be seen as so, like, "turn of the 21st century" . . .
Posted by: Daniel J. Solove | Apr 5, 2006 2:45:13 AM
Congrats! Thanks for letting me blog here at various intervals in the last year. It is still, as Dan says, on my daily-read list.
Posted by: Dave Hoffman | Apr 5, 2006 7:48:16 AM
Congrats on a creating a blog that is consistently interesting and provocative ... at least until I do my guest stint beginning next week.
Posted by: Joseph Slater | Apr 5, 2006 10:17:29 AM
Congrats on a wonderful first year, and for letting me be one of the early guest bloggers. This blog is also on my must-read list, and you should be realy proud of what you've put together.
Posted by: Jennifer Collins | Apr 5, 2006 10:42:58 AM
To answer Dan Solove's query: assuming we are still blogging past tenure and the arrival of grey hair or baldness (in some cases?), our opinions will still be raw in the sense of not fully cooked, worked out, thought through -- so I'm bullish on the long-term accuracy of the name. And the controversial neologism by which prawf is a short form for "raw law professor" seems to me to be the most lasting contribution of my entry into scholarship so far :-)
Posted by: Dan Markel | Apr 5, 2006 11:02:53 AM
I always thought that if "blog" becomes "blawg" then "prof" becomes "prawf." I now see the raw part, of course. When everyone's old and gray, the name will obviously change to p-medium-rare-fsblawg.
Congrats to all on an outstanding year!
Posted by: Adam Kolber | Apr 5, 2006 11:11:58 AM
Great job on the first year. I've really enjoyed the site both as an occasional participant and as a daily reader!
Any special plans for the sophomore year?
Posted by: Brooks Holland | Apr 5, 2006 11:21:58 AM
Lose fifteen pounds...
Posted by: Dan Markel | Apr 5, 2006 11:44:38 AM
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! It's hard to keep a blog's momentum going, but this one has gotten better with time, thanks to fresh ideas from newcomers and slightly-less-raw posts from "oldtimers." Well done.
Posted by: Lior Strahilevitz | Apr 5, 2006 12:15:12 PM
I spent six months at a now defunct blog until Dan poached me one year ago tomorrow, Prawfs' day # 2, so I know what a milestone this is. We've watched a lot of blogs come and go throughout the year. And we could not have done it without the participation of so many excellent guests and readers and commenters and new additions...
Posted by: Ethan Leib | Apr 5, 2006 12:20:21 PM
Those were heady days, weren't they? It was exciting to be a part of the growing prawfs family from the very beginning (almost)! I look forward to rejoining again soon. . . .
Posted by: Hillel Levin | Apr 5, 2006 12:25:39 PM
Certainly a milestone, congratulations! Prawfs seems to me a way of maintaining sanity in the often neurotic world of the academy--it connects people--virtually and even physically, for late night drinking at strange settings like AALS; it maintains a sense of humor, not taking each piece of the collective project too seriously, even though the overall contribution is way serious; and it keeps our minds fresh and raw and cooked -- Paul, FYC expectations? ok then, Prawfs, you "drive me crazy, and I can't help myself...", must read indeed!
Posted by: Orly Lobel | Apr 5, 2006 12:38:40 PM
"oh baby I like it raw"
Posted by: agm | Apr 5, 2006 4:08:57 PM
I'll second Orly's point--thank goodness for net-community in what can often be a solitary profession. And for the blawg's capacity to, in C. Wright Mills' terms, help us see what we once regarded as merely private problems, as more public concerns. Or, in Nancy Fraser's, to empower the "critical wing of an educated public and the educated wing of the critical public." Or just to give a platform for those who like to quote all those people they read in grad school!
cheers to all!
Posted by: Frank | Apr 5, 2006 4:38:07 PM
A big congrats to Dan, Ethan, and all of the folks who have helped make this blog such a success. Although blogging will continue to evolve and grow, Prawfsblawg has a unique formula that is perhaps ideally suited to this early age of bloggerdom. As Orly mentioned, the personal connections are what really make this blog work. I am grateful to be a part of it, and I look forward to its continued growth and success.
Posted by: Matt Bodie | Apr 5, 2006 4:41:32 PM
I'm very grateful to the Prawfs crew for inviting me to join the conversation even though -- referring back to Dan's earlier comment, above -- I'm already both tenured (thank God) and bald (ummm . . .). Ad multos annos!
Posted by: Rick Garnett | Apr 5, 2006 5:11:17 PM
I am neither raw nor fully cooked (nor, thankfully, spoilt); I am bald but untenured; but most of all I am honored to have guested in this august establishment. Many congrats to the hosts, and especially to Dan and all his year's milestones.
Posted by: Mark Fenster | Apr 5, 2006 5:58:10 PM
I'll add my regards - this place has been an excellent disseminator of information and opinion ... and isn't that a big chunk of what our jobs are all about?
Posted by: David Zaring | Apr 5, 2006 7:18:05 PM
I'm a day late, but just couldn't let the event pass without adding my congratulations for creating such an inclusive and interesting forum for the exchange of ideas.
Posted by: Kristin Hickman | Apr 6, 2006 2:10:29 PM
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