Our Top Blog Stats in 2008

Drum Roll Please . . .



South Carolina Access to Justice Blog’s Top Posts in 2008:


  1. 391 views          About. Most blog readers are interested in learning more about an organization or the author, hence the most views. 
  2. 319 views          SCATJ brings Rick Springfield into TSA holding cell at Boston Logan. Star power sells. Thank goodness for serendipity and Rick Springfield and the Boston Logan TSA.
  3. 254 views          VOTE HERE – on Access to Justice. Elections matter in a presidential election year, especially when the presidential outcome will be historical no matter which candidate is elected – special thanks to Barack Obama & Joe Biden and John McCain & Sarah Palin.
  4. 230 views          Photos from the South Carolina Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission Public Hearing on November 5, 2008. People like photos. What’s that again – a picture is worth a 1,000 what? Oh yeah. Makes sense.
  5. 200 views           Shameless Plug 2.0. A little honesty never hurt anyone, right? And if there’s humor in the title, even better, right? Oh yeah, don’t forget the photos – see #4.
  6. 188 views            Resources. There is always a need for information and a RESOURCES page is chock full of info. Plus there may be a few readers checking to see if they’re on the list. Hey, I’m all about accuracy.
  7. 174 views            Photos. (see #4)
  8. 161 views             Contact Us. This one seems extremely logical. Who do I need to reach to complain? To exclaim? To congratulate? And for all of you who have contacted Stephanie Nye or me via phone or email, thanks.

And thank you for reading the blog. I was somewhat dubious when someone suggested a blog in order to help create interest in the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission and its upcoming website (thanks Jay Wingard of 18th Street Design who has wonderful PATIENCE while waiting for me to complete the web pages).


And if you ever have a topic you think will be of interest, please forward to me at rwheeler@scbar.org.


I look forward to bringing you more news in 2009 about access to justice in South Carolina and around the nation and world.



#153 of “Must-Read Blog Posts” in 2008


Thanks to 3 Geeks and a Law Blog for their Must Read Blog Posts of 2008 and it’s not simply because we made the list with our entry The Name’s Bono, Pro Bono. Disclaimer: I did nominate it.

If you haven’t read the list or their blog, this is definitely worth a read. Although many of the articles are devoted to law and the practice of law, there are other treats as well. And because the compilation was initiated on Twitter, many of the articles relate to Twitter and other social media.



Shameless Plug

Tune in “LIVE” or set your TiVo


Next Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission will be featured on The Big Picture. Although the program will introduce access to justice in general, the main focus of the program is on self-represented litigants (SRLs) or pro se litigants.

TV repeats of Thursdays broadcast will air each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The following morning at 9:00 a.m., the Big Picture radio show will continue the topic.


If you’re unfamiliar with SRLs, please check out my previous posts at https://scaccesstojustice.wordpress.com/?s=self-represented

Hey Bloggers – It’s National Freedom of Speech Week

Welcome to National Freedom of Speech Week, October 20-26, 2008!

First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

While the First Amendment offers quite a few freedoms – religion, speech, press, right to assemble, etc. – it’s only proper to examine the right of free speech.

You, dear reader, are currently taking part in this amazing information database – the internet. There are billions of websites available and so much more information and disinformation available via this incredible resource. The freedom of speech allows you, me, and us to access things, legal things, unavailable to previous generations. Court documents, court orders, case histories, etc.

Education also allows us to take advantage of this freedom. Sure YouTube has a LOT of visitors looking at the pictures, but so do blogs. Just this week I saw the increase in the number of “hits” to this blog simply due to a celebrity boost (Hey Stephen Colbert – should I say “the Springfield bump?” You know, like the Colbert Bump?) You may think that this is due to the photos of Rick Springfield, but how did people find out about these photos – they read about it – through an RSS feed, an email, etc. BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THESE UNITED STATES.

So, next time you are about to gripe about someone’s opinion piece, the news or even a blog (hopefully not this one), consider how lucky you are to have that choice! You can choose to read, listen or change websites.

And I can choose to write.

How lucky are we!


Calling All Bloggers: Let’s talk POVERTY (October 15, 2008)

In 2008, the Blog Action Day theme is Poverty. Blog Action Day is about changing the conversation for one day to an issue of global importance. On October 15th the bloggers post on the issue and/or donate their day’s ad revenue to a charity involved in that area. 

To register your blog or learn more about Blog Action Day, visit http://blogactionday.org/.

After all, action takes ideas!