More than most blogs, Brevity is very much an evolving entity, shaped by what I find most relevant (or hilarious) at the time. Dedicated readers may have noticed the subtle changes, primarily in the content and the blogroll.
Right now, for example, I review books weekly, as well as movies I see in advanced screenings. The sidebar links are high on literary types, low on sports types. Watch that change come November, when the college basketball season starts.
Can a Brevity reader count on me for anything? That's hard to answer, and I wish I hadn't asked that. At best I can guarantee new content regularly, to the tune of 3-5 entries a week, and a 55-word story every Friday, because that well can never dry up.
Looking back at the archives, I notice that this blog used to be a lot different. Where are the Urban Myths? I started, and stopped, on number 143. And why haven't I kept up on my Unreal Estate? Maybe I should read more Dickens. I'm not consciously giving up the kind of things I used to talk about. If anything, I'd like to bring them back. Here are three things I want to start doing again:
1. Write about the law regularly. I am a lawyer, after all, or so says my pair of State Bar of Nevada boxer briefs ($26.95 for a 3-pack, plus court filing fees). The law still interests me -- at least parts of it -- but I haven't really forced myself to take it off the blogging backburner. Well, no more. Look for more posts touching upon obscure areas of the law, like the intellectual property issues presented by tribute bands. And I'm thinking of discontinuing the wildly unpopular Fictional Speaker Series after one full year. (No one else appreciates it, but trust me, it's genius. In a few years it will render Dr. Phil irrelevant.) Maybe I'll move on to Fictional Lawyers, and compose their resumes or something. Haven't figured it out; I'm open to suggestions.
2. Post my own pictures. Last done in February, I think. Truly pathetic. What's the point of having a digital camera, then? Sightseeing? Precious family memories? I don't think so. I see no reason why I can't include my own pictures to go with the copyrighted material of others that I so shamelessly steal. The camera will be on vacation most of this month, but I vow to use it more once it returns.
3. Where the hell are the recipes? There's been exactly one installment of The Legal Gourmet. Just because I spend almost no time in a kitchen doesn't mean I can't contribute. Somewhere in England, Nigella Lawson has been reading Brevity, looking for a great reason to leave her dorky rich husband. Poor girl. She's been cooking the same cornbread waffles, hoping I'll slip her more ideas. So look for a few beverages in the near future -- maybe some lawsuit-proof coffee, or a chocolate milk with some kick -- and more culinary discussion.
Huh. Maybe I should have warned you that an address on the State of Brevity might be long.