I just received this e-mail from the ABA Journal. It reads this way:
Congratulations are in order.
Your blawg has earned a spot in the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100, our 7th annual list of the best in blogs about lawyers and the law.
The full list appears in the December issue of the magazine, which was posted online today.
As we have in the past, we’re inviting our readers to select their favorites from each of the 13 categories represented in our Blawg 100.
Voting begins today and ends at close of business Dec. 20. Winners will be announced in January.
We invite you to:
• Urge your readers to vote for your blog here.
• Add a Blawg 100 badge to your site. You can find them here.
• Announce your selection with a press release. You can find a sample release here.
• Follow a list of fellow Blawg 100 bloggers on Twitter. (If you can’t find your handle on the list, contact us.)
So thanks for your hard work this year. We appreciate the high quality of news and analysis your blog provides to our legal community.
Editor and Publisher
At first, I thought the correspondence was fake because the idea of running an actual contest to determine the popularity of legal blogs is positively moronic–a little like running a contest to pick the top 100 places to live in Nebraska. But, I ultimately determined that the e-mail was real ’cause the e-mail said I could add “a Blawg 100 badge” to my site. No honorable person would lie about such a thing. And that brings me to the point of this post.
With loins tingling, I clicked on the “Blawg 100 badge” link to survey my prize. To my utter disappointment, the badge is beyond cheesy. See below:
I much prefer the Order of the Lenin. It has been awarded 431,418 times in the past. That, my comrades, is a seriously stunning badge. See below:
So rather than pimp the inauthentic blawgger badge from the ABA, I am, today, announcing, without the slightest trace of irony, that the ABA has bestowed upon me the Order of the Lenin. After all, it does a far better job of depicting what the ABA is all about and, more importantly, I richly deserve that badge. Incidentally, and from now on, you must refer to me as “Your Most Honorable Commissar.”