Opus 100

This is my 100th post. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my readers, especially those who, in one way or another, have taken the time to tell me that I was doing something right and/or to keep going.

On the whole, I would rate this blogging adventure as a time-consuming success. Despite some lapses during the last few weeks, I’m averaging close to three posts every four days, most of them of least 500 words. And there is at least some research that goes into most of them too. I don’t know how long I will be able to keep this pace, but I will try. Obviously I have learned a lot doing this. For one thing, I have read a great many cases decided by Canadian courts―from provincial courts to the Supreme Court―since the beginning of the blog in April. For another, blogging has forced me to give shape, coherent shape I hope, to thoughts that would otherwise have remained inchoate and might well have been lost. It is a thinking-out-loud exercise which I would recommend to anyone engaged in an intellectual pursuit, whether you feel like putting the results on the internet for all to see or not.

For myself, I think that doing it publicly was a good thing. Of course, I can only hope I am not making a fool of myself, especially whenever I venture out of my constitutional comfort zone and into internet- and technology-related issues I have only recently begun thinking about. But knowing that some people read what I have to say is great. Knowing that some non-lawyers read when I try to explain legal issues, and perhaps learn something they might find interesting or valuable is even better.

To be sure, some of my own favourite posts, into which I put a lot of thought, turn out not to be popular at all. (By way of shameless self-promotion, my candidate for best-undeservedly-neglected-post is this take on “Judicial Review and Co-Operative Federalism.”) But sometimes I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of other things I’ve written. (For example here, on “An Ancient Parliamentary Right.”) So, no complaints. I’m just glad to be here.

Thanks for reading me!

Author: Leonid Sirota

Law nerd. I teach public law at the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom. I studied law at McGill, clerked at the Federal Court of Canada, and did graduate work at the NYU School of Law. I then taught in New Zealand before taking up my current position at Reading.

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