It just shows how easy it is to forget things as you get older. I had forgotten all about how I started writing blogs back in 2011, which is now 12 years ago. Blogs had been going for a while but social media was nowhere near as developed as it is today. I chose Google’s Blogger as my medium, and set up a blog called abuselaw. Since then, “abuselaw” has become a title used for the law of abuse, believe it or not, and several other lawyers have chosen it as the title to their social media handles.
Same old songs?
I started reading some of my old blogs and realised that the subject still have relevance today, and demonstrate the history of some of the issues that I and others have to wrestle with, and debate mostly with an understanding media. Sometimes we hear comments that demonstrate ignorance, or lack of empathy. Occasionally we encounter the “abuser lobby”, which, albeit hard to sympathise with, has its place.
I had cause to look at the abuselaw.blogspot blog when writing an article about separation of powers, which is an age old philosophy. and one which I learned at college during my law degree. Year 2 Term 1 if I remember correctly. It is a good foundation for any analysis of government policy, which is not always adhered to.
History of My Blog
The history of the blog started with the need to express my opinion on all sorts of subjects. I have always felt strongly about certain issues, and written articles, usually, about legal topics of interest really only to lawyers, but had never vented my spleen at, typically, governmental policies with which I didn’t agree. I found the process enormously cathartic, and satisfying.
Soon, I decided to incorporate the blog into our new microsite which I no longer own. So the later articles from 2014 onwards are incomplete because the links to content no longer work. The articles before 2014, however, are complete, and include some commentary on the early days of what became the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
I just hope that you enjoy some of the articles as much as I have. I had forgotten this one which I wrote on holiday in Tenerife after having to endure a day of time share selling entitled “How lucky I am to be a Child Abuse Lawyer.”