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Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot: The Best of the Guests

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Last week, I published (okay: republished; yes, you got me, congratulations; but, you can’t stop history from repeating itself) the best of the best from the LOMAP Blog from the soon-to-be-Old Year of 2010 (just another rejected baby New Year).

But, after I posted that one, I felt like I was forgetting something, forgetting some . . . one, or someones. Selling somebody out, as it were. So, I’m here to set the record straight.

I neglected to mention (and maybe there was no place for it, sure), in my yearly review, the many, impressive contributions of our guest bloggers from this past year. We have been very fortunate to receive, in 2010, a number of fantastic guest blog posts, from a collective of eminent contributors, waxing pragmatic on a variety of topics.

Here are some of the best from our recent guests:

Stephanie Kimbro authored a three-part summer series covering considerations surrounding the virtual law office. Those posts are most readily accessible by linking back through Stephanie’s final installment in that series, accessible here.

-We continue to receive consistent, quality submissions from Stephen Seckler, through his “The Solo and Small Firm Advantage” series. In one of my favorite posts from Steve this year, he talks about serendipity and referrals; that post is accessible here.

-In follow-up to an unsurprisingly mammoth post series of my own, covering social media marketing, I’ve so far received three field reports, from attorneys using social media to market their practices. Check out how Gabriel Cheong, Justin Kelsey and Leanna Hamill do it.

-Marketing and strategy consultant Dorie Clark provided her take on managing the media, in this post.

Jack Cushman offered an in-depth, soup-to-nuts primer for the creation of a law practice website, which post is accessible here.

-Since, when it comes to technology, I’m only just a hack who writes convincingly, I figured that we had to get somebody contributing to this blog who knows what he’s talking about. To that end, we published Daryl Rinaldi, CEO of GizmoFish, earlier this month. Daryl explained the security upgrades in Windows 7; his post is available here.

Chiara LaPlume wrote on a topic of consistent interest to our start-up clients, when she addressed considerations solos should take when choosing an entity, here.

Although these highlighted posts are representative of the quality of effort applied by our guest bloggers, these are not the only guest blog posts we’ve received this year. Review of our postings for 2010, via the drop-down function on the lower right-hand side of this page, will allow you to see our posts aggregated by month. Guest posts are identified as such, with that introductory appellation applied to each such contribution. I hate to leave any of our guest bloggers’ contributions off of the above catalogue; but, if I just provided a listing of all of our guest blog posts from the past year, it would have been too cheap an out . . . even for me. However, I’m not above recommending, even highly, that you take a look at each of our guest blog posts from this year, as each is uniquely qualified, in its way.

And, if you’re an attorney or affiliated professional, and you’d like to produce a guest post for the LOMAP Blog, feel free to reach out to me. (That is, so long as you’re not really selling male enhancement pills, or promoting some pornographic website.) Lord knows, I am more than happy to cede the mouthpiece that is this fantastic little blog that could from time to time. Not that I want to lose our unique “voice”; but, every now and then, I thoroughly enjoy taking a break from writing for the ol’ Practice Advisor. As you may imagine, the drafting of some of these posts is an effort of will, especially when you’re doing some serious digging through historical musical archives . . . I mean, researching and writing about law practice management topics. Fair warning: of course, I do edit all of our guest blog posts and add my own introduction to each such post, because I do expect that each of our guest blog posts will meet the standards of quality applied at this here blogger platform generally. If those terms be agreeable to you, you need only sign our release of liability/injury waiver, and you’re in. Kidding.

If there’s one regret I have in 2010, it has been that I discovered “Man versus Foodtoo early and “Man versus Toddlertoo late.

See y’all in 2011, when I (and perhaps a troupe of guest bloggers along with me) promise to be back with some actually substantive posts.

. . .

Liner Notes

Anybody catch the James Taylor/Mavis Staples/Steven Tyler rendition of “Let It Be/Hey Jude” at the Kennedy Center
earlier this week? If not, check it out here. Now, Steven Tyler’s great, and I like Mavis Staples, too; but, after hearing JT’s intro of the song, I’m left with only great disappointment that he didn’t just do a full version on his own. (Two interesting JT facts: (1) he has already done some Beatles covers, including “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Day Tripper”; (2) he was the first non-British artist to release an album with the Apple Records label, which released his first full-length studio album, “James Taylor”, in 1968.) I’ve covered at this blog, previously, my disturbing man love for James Taylor and his music (he’s sort of like a fingerpicking Abraham Lincoln), and his appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors has caused me to tweak my idea for this week’s Liner Notes. I had intended to do guest appearances by artists on songs (see the connection); but, then I realized that that would take far too much concentration for a short week. However, I could name a bunch of great James Taylor guest spots off the top of my head, including these accessible numbers:

Dream Lover” by The Manhattan Transfer featuring James Taylor

Heart of Gold” by Neil Young featuring James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt (on background vocals)

Perfect Love” by Marc Cohn featuring James Taylor

Mockingbird” by Carly Simon featuring James Taylor

Sailing to Philadelphia” by Mark Knopfler (former lead singer of Dire Straits) featuring James Taylor (as surveyors Mason and Dixon)

False Echoes (Havana 1921)” by Jimmy Buffett featuring James Taylor

Up On the Roof” by Carole King featuring James Taylor

Somedays You Gotta Dance” by the Dixie Chicks featuring James Taylor (from CMT’s excellent “Crossroads” series)

What a way to take 2010 home, dropping some JT knowledge.


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