If a supplier asked me what to do if it received unsolicited praise from a respected source, I would tell them to stick it up on their web site. What is the proper reaction when someone says nice things about me?
My own shy and retiring nature is at odds with my role as cheer-leader for the e-Disclosure / eDiscovery industry and its players. This very English reserve extends to my own articles: Google alerts for, say “eDiscovery”, pick them up, sometimes within minutes, but I have usually by then moved on to something else. I see the heading and think “that looks interesting”, only to realise that it is my own. It is, of course, unsurprising that I should be interested in the topic about which I write several thousand words a week, but I ought to be able to recognise my own articles.
An alert turned up a few days ago about a blog: “… incisive and trenchant showing a penetration to the heart of a subject with clear, sharp, and vigorous expression”. Wow, I thought. I wouldn’t mind that as my epitaph – only to discover that the extract was in fact about me.
The source is the much expanded Electronic Discovery Reading Room, a companion site to the Posse List. The reading room is just that (well, virtually just that, of course) – a place where a mass of useful, topical and practical advice is kept about every aspect of electronic discovery. The Blog Roll contains more than a mere list of sites – they are reviewed as well.
The modest angel on one shoulder has bickered with the marketing devil on the other for some days now as to whether it is seemly to quote things about oneself. Everyone else quotes what I say about them (except government ministers perhaps), so perhaps I should do the same. The Posse List puts it so much better than I could. This is what they say:
The e-Disclosure Information Project is run by Chris Dale, a former UK commercial litigation partner turned e-Disclosure consultant. The Project aims to bring together lawyers, suppliers, courts and corporations with an interest in electronic disclosure, and to disseminate information about the court rules, the problems and the software and services available to handle them.
It is the one of the best blogs out there for understanding UK e-disclosure and the nuances of cross-border ESI management. But Chris also does a fine job of covering e-discovery on this side of the Atlantic due to his heavy participation at a number of e-discovery conferences on which we have reported. His writing is incisive and trenchant showing a penetration to the heart of a subject with clear, sharp, and vigorous expression. You can see this in his recent post on outsourcing which he describes as “part of the disclosure/discovery process [that] has suddenly attracted attention in the UK. Some think that this is due to the instincts in common between lawyers and the poor old lemmings, who are invoked as role models whenever more than two people or organisations move in the same direction simultaneously”. Check out his site. It is a great read.
One can side-step the apparent immodesty of passing on this praise by accepting it, Oscar-style, on behalf of others. In my case, the others are the companies from both sides of the Atlantic who sponsor the e-Disclosure Information Project as a UK/EU source and voice. They allow me more than just the time to write and the resources to travel to the conferences to which the Posse List refers – they are the source also of much of the technical information and market feed-back on which I depend, and I am as grateful to them for that as I am to the Posse List for its kind words.