Toddling On

Double Aspect turns three today. An occasion for deep thoughts, I suppose. So here is one, stolen, as the best deep (and, for that matter, shallow) thoughts are ― specifically, from Douglas Adams’ description of the BBC’s reaction to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy back when it was a radio show. It was, Adams subsequently wrote,

very similar to that which Macbeth had toward murdering people—initial doubts, followed by cautious enthusiasm and then greater and greater alarm at the sheer scale of the undertaking and still no end in sight.

It’s a pretty accurate description of how I feel, sometimes anyway, about this blogging thing. But, alarmed or not, I am still enthusiastic.

I called this blog, on its first anniversary, “a time-consuming success,” and that description has held true. A year ago, I noted that “I didn’t really know what to expect ― whether anyone would read it, or even whether I’d keep going for very long,” when I was starting out. I had no idea whether I’d last three months, never mind three years. I had  certainly had no idea of the number and the diversity of people who would reading it. And I certainly had no idea that, in its third year, my blog would by voted the best law blog in Canada. (Mind you, I’m not saying that Clawbies judges were right to vote this way! Only that they did.) I had no idea of the amount of time that it would take up either, but that, I suppose, is for the better.

There have, then, been a lot of (mostly) pleasant surprises along the way, for which I (mostly) have you, the readers, to thank. I’m grateful to you for giving some of your time to my work here, for letting know sometimes, and for letting your friends and colleagues know, too. I hope you keep coming back ― and for my part, I’ll try to toddle on. It seems to be working pretty well.

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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