The end of the year is a wonderful time to make lists, and lots of people have done so. But not me. There are so many lists already that there’s nothing left to make another list about. So instead of making a list (I was only joshing abut the 437), I’m going to offer my most thoughtful comment about a list made by another blawger, Susan Cartier Leibel, of Build A Solo Practice.
I do this not merely because she’s put together one darn good list, but because I want to win her “I want to be a solo because ______” contest (here’s my entry; pretty good, right?), and I’m trying desperately to kiss up after banging her a bit on her anti-Avvo rampage. You know how some people hold a grudge, right? Well, not Susan. Nope. She’s a much bigger person than that. It would be beneath her dignity to hold a grudge against me and not make me the winner of the contest. Is it working yet? Geez, I hope so.
Anyway, Susan has posted her list of 7 Things I hate about Avvo Things I learned in 2007, and I think it is one terrific list. I didn’t learn nearly that much in 2007. In fact, I can’t even remember most of 2007. Or 2004. Years 2005 through 6 are pretty clear, though, but not much happened during that time that really matters, so it’s hardly worth mentioning.
Back to Susan’s list. This is my favorite (for real, no kidding around now) one:
3. If you are afraid to be who you really are, don’t be on the internet. You cannot maintain falsity if you are using the internet. It is exhausting to create a persona and it simply cannot be realistically sustained for any length of time. And once you are outed, your reputation is damaged in perpetuity in digitized form. You don’t need everyone to be a client in order to be successful, just the clients who can relate to the lawyer or business person that you legitimately are.
Wussy. That’s right. Susan is calling you a wussy, a girlie man, a liberal, a pantywaist, is you don’t have the balls to take the weight for whatever you’ve got to say. You go, Girl! And she’s right.
The blawgosphere is filled with tough guys posting their nonsense, and they’re all named “anon”. Yeah, right. You’re tough. Like a bowl of tough, quivering, scaredy-cat jello, you’re tough. We laugh at you. Hah!
But Susan is really aiming this at the blawgomeisters who are so deathly scared of posting something that might scare away a potential client. After all, God forbid that a potential client thinks you actually believe in something, have passion for something, have a set of balls. Nobody would want THAT in a lawyer.
So here’s my 2 cents to add to Susan’s post about “outing”, which I think presents a needlessly confused sexual orientation to her already striking point. If you try to be someone you’re not, then there’s a chance that you will be me. Do you have any idea how confusing that would be? There’s not a chance in the world that I am going to let you take over my house, or even go near the Healey, so there’s no point in even dreaming that you’re going to drive the Healey if you are pretending to be me. It’s not happening.
That’s right. This is the Healey that you will never drive, even if you aren’t you and become me. Never, I say.
Besides, if you are busy trying to be someone other than who you really are, you’ve squandered an opportunity to let other know that there’s some substance to you. People admire substance. Let others in the blawgosphere know who you are, come to admire you for what you contribute, and then find out to your shock and surprise that the real you has something to offer the rest of us and the real clients who need a real lawyer to represent them in their real life. Try it. You never know.