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This blog produces an unending stream of posts.  Periodically I harvest those on a topic.  Metaposts, as I call these collections, include most recently the following.

Arbitration II (See my post of May 30, 2012: arbitrations with 9 references.).

Brazil (See my post of July 9, 2012: Brazil and 11 references.).

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I hope you like my blog make-over.  Through the excellent work of my friends at Justia and the steady encouragement of Geoff Gussis, this blog heads into the second half of 2012 and beyond as a WordPress blog.

As of July 4, 2012, a day after my new WordPress blog had its coming out party, these were the 14 categories for my posts and the numbers of posts in them.

Outside Counsel (1,574)

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I tried something for the first time. I prepared a decent draft of an article to be published and circulated it for comments to about a half dozen people whose thoughts I would value. Academics do that all the time with works-in-process, but not only do I regrettably finish my articles just before the clock strikes midnight but also I did not know how people would react to my invitation.

In the event, several did, including Blane Erwin of Bridgeway, Jeff Hodge the consultant, Mark Poag of Datacert, and Rob Thomas of Serengeti. We exchanged ideas that improved my article. Since I can’t thank you in the article, I will thank you here.

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Looking in on my Twitter account, I was surprised to learn how many people are following me (@reesmorrison): 650. Back in late January of 2011, I wrote that 344 were doing so at that time, so something like one a day have seen fit to connect. The group has lots of vendors and legal publishers and people interested in law and technology – plus others that leave me at a loss as to why they follow.

What is going on, I believe, is that all my posts here flow through in abbreviated style to Twitter. Those who follow me can then click on the ones that pique their interest. Reflective of that pattern, Twitter shows up on SiteMeter as the source of 50 visits to my blog recently. The trend is steadily upwards, which does not bode well for RSS sites such as FeedBurner and the many others.

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Who would have thought it? Started on a whim, encouraged by Aric Press for ALM’s fledgling network of blogs, survivor of bitter opposition within Hildebrandt, unsure of its focus or style or reception or longevity, awkward in its use of technology for blogging, somehow this blog has kept calm and carried on.

Seven years and today thousands of readers every week, few known to me but everywhere I go. “Oh, Rees, I read your blog!”

Seven years of averaging more than five posts every two days, rain or shine.

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  1. Collective action (See my post of Dec. 19, 2011: collective actions by law departments with 6 references and 1 meta.).

  2. Compliance reports to legal (See my post of Dec. 31, 2011: compliance reporting to GC with 5 references and 2.).

  3. Contract complexity (See my post of Dec. 22, 2011: complexity of contracts with 6 references.).

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Mitratech, a leading matter management system provider, acquired by private equity firm (Nov. 1, 2011)

Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with some $6 billion in investments, acquired Mitratech.

A reporting line to the board to assure the general counsel of more independence (Nov. 3, 2011)

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Last year around this time, Dec. 14th to be exact, I published post number 6,000. This post is the one-thousandth post after that one.

After 7,000 of these little critters, as always I fret the well will run dry; so far, however, the aquifer of law department management topics remains high. The blogable ideas just keep on flowing, like the Biblical widow’s cruse. Nor has the pace of metaposts slowed. It does seem, however, that I am not getting more blogs or websites referring readers here. Twitter accounts for an increasing number of my visitors.

I did a few new things during the last thousand posts. My series on Cottage Industrialists began and has had six segments. My first QR (Quick Response) code appeared and for the first time I offered readers a chance to download a file after they had registered through ShareFile. Also new was not the annual summary of the ten best posts per month but a comparison of them to those of the year before.

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Don’t worry if you don’t understand the header, I’ll translate. When I notice a potential accumulation, I collect six or more posts on a topic into what I call “metaposts,” of which there are now more than 500. Every now and then at least six metaposts cluster around a topic and when assembled I call them hyper-posts.

Reflexively, as loyal readers would appreciate, I decided to see how many hyper-posts this blog has generated since the first one in the fall of 2008. Astonishingly, there have been at least 19 hyperposts.

Billing (See my post of Jan. 2, 2009: 8 metaposts.).

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These are the eight metaposts I have compiled since my last hyper-post on intellectual property (See my post of Aug. 19, 2009 #3: six metaposts on intellectual property.). The latest topics include:

Patent trolls (See my post of March 22, 2010: non-practicing entities with 6 references.).

Patent license agreements (See my post of April 29, 2011: licensing patents with 9 references.).