A New Writing Blog

The new writing blog Write to Done isn’t tailored to legal writing, but I find it interesting and helpful and have added it to my blogroll. It is as much (or more) about the process of writing as it is about the end product, and even has a category dedicated to blog writing. Whether you are considering a blog or are already blogging, or perhaps aspire to be another Scott Turow or Vincent Bugliosi, you may find it helpful.

“. . . up with which I will not put.”

That’s the end of a sentence allegedly uttered by Winston Churchill to demonstrate the absurdity of a grammar “rule” we’ve all heard.  There are several variations attributed to Churchill, but the one I like best is at Thinkexist.com: “The rule which forbids ending a sentence with a preposition is the kind of nonsense up with which I will not put.”

Professor Wayne Scheiss refers to this as a “mythical rule” and has a good post about it at legalwriting.net, which demonstrates how you can improve your writing by ignoring the rule.

I confess I did not know this rule was mythical (I had it drilled into me by my high school English teacher), and most of the time I think the “with which” construction can sound OK.  But knowing that others find it annoying, I will probably avoid it in the future.  Plus, as some of the commenters at the post point out, one can follow the rule and still avoid stilted sentences by exercising a little creativity.

It’s worth looking into.  (See, that sounds a lot better than “It’s a post into which it is worthy to look,” doesn’t it?)

Bloggers Beware

Kevin O’Keefe at Lexblog posts a link to an article on twelve laws every blogger should know.  According to the bullet points, the article covers such issues as a blogger’s duty to monitor comments, the applicability of journalism shield laws, ownership of user-developed content, and more.  The article itself begins:

Internet activity, and particular [sic] blogging, is being shaped and governed by state and federal laws. For US bloggers in particular, blogging has become a veritable land mine of potential legal issues, and the situation isn’t helped by the fact that the law in this area is constantly in flux. In this article we highlight twelve of the most important US laws when it comes to blogging and provide some simple and straightforward tips for safely navigating them.

If you’re blogging, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  And it probably wouldn’t hurt to keep Tuesday’s Roommates.com decision in mind, too.

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