Today marks the tenth anniversary of this blog. It was born of frustration when years of essays I’d contributed to an American Lawyer Media blog were sold to Lexis, and stashed behind a paywall without so much as a by your leave. “Never again!” I vowed. I knew I’d lose readers going it alone, but I would be master of my destiny.
I christened the site with a quote from David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show, adding, “I want the heroes of this site to be its readers: the lawyers, judges, support personnel and others with the wisdom to know they must master electronic evidence and the temerity to try. Blogging is an indulgence and a responsibility. If I want you to visit, I’ve got to give you something worth your time. Here, I’ll share things I’ve picked up about electronic discovery and computer forensics, striving to make those topics as interesting, exciting and engaging for you as they are for me.”
So it began, and ten years on, I’ve written 228 posts, acquired 1,715 subscribers and been privileged to have 260,000 heroes stop by. I hope that I have shaped your thinking as you have shaped mine. Thank you.
Writing these pages has been a decade of joy. Ball in Your Court has been my place to float ideas, debate issues, fete friends, share discoveries, celebrate triumphs and mourn the passing of the dearly beloved. It would count for nothing at all without you, Dear Reader. I’m so grateful to know you’re there. Be well.
Michael Quartararo said:
If it’s any consolation, my friend, I never read you anywhere but here! Congrats on 10 solid years of education.
Andrew Peck said:
Happy anniversary, my friend. And a little early, but happy birthday
Here’s to another ten years!
Bill Hamilton said:
Well done, Craig!
Matthew Golab said:
Thanks, Craig. This is a very interesting and thought provoking blog, and I eagerly await each new posting. Stay safe. Matthew
Jeff Kerr said:
Cheers, Craig! I’ll be looking forward to the next 10 years of posts. Your blog got me started me on the path to eDiscovery and legal tech, and in that sense literally changed my life.
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You changed your life, much to your credit. I’m glad I to be part of it. Thanks for the kind message.
Robert B. Fitzpatrick said:
Congrats on 10 years!
On Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 5:07 PM Ball in your Court wrote:
> craigball posted: ” Today marks the tenth anniversary of this blog. It was > born of frustration when years of essays I’d contributed to an American > Lawyer Media blog were sold to Lexis, lost behind a paywall without so much > as a by your leave. “Never again!” I vowed. ” >
“So, when this loose behaviour I throw off
And pay the debt I never promisèd,
By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes;
And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glitt’ring o’er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I’ll so offend to make offence a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will.” Henry IV, PT 1
Philippe DOYLE-GRAY said:
One of my must-read blogs. Congratulations.
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