Closing Time for Compelling Discovery

This blog’s first post was June 7, 2012.  August 31, 2020 will be its last.[1]

Everything has a beginning and an end.  After much thought, Compelling Discovery has reached its end, at least as far as I’m concerned, for a variety of reasons.  First, life constantly changes and evolves.  I am not the person, personally or professionally, I was when the idea for this blog was formed in 2011, or in 2012 when it went live.  That should be no surprise because I would be quite shocked if anyone reading this is exactly the same person you were 2012.  Change is the only constant, so people must constantly reassess their priorities and commitments to accommodate change, whether the change was wanted, desired, planned, or otherwise.  Those are merely facts of life, for better or worse.

Second, whether it was writing, promotion, coding, or responding to emails, I’ve done it all.  I never tracked how much time I spent on this blog because the number would only have driven me to stop many, many years ago.  My blissful ignorance slowly faded as the time commitment became more than I am willing to give.

Finally, I vividly remember the day and moment the blog went live.  It was a mixture of excitement and nervousness.  I also have mixed feelings about stopping.  But on whole, it’s time for me to move on.

Below are my responses to the questions and comments I suspect this announcement might generate.

  1. Do you promise?  My dearest trolls and haters, yes, as far as I’m concerned.
  2. What happens to all the old content?  Fear not, you will be able to plagiarize portions for your discovery motions a little while longer.  I’m told Compelling Discovery will continue to exist until sometime in November, 2021.  At that point it should disappear and I suspect more than a few people will celebrate. 
  3. But didn’t you make millions from this blog?  No cat videos = no money.
  4. Can I talk you out of it?  You’re welcome to try but it seems like a Sisyphean task.
  5. I have nothing better to do on weekends, what if I want to take over the blog?  Send me an email.
  6. Was it fun?  On the whole, yes.  Research and writing is the part of practice that I enjoy most, but it became less and less a part of my practice over time.  The blog sometimes gave me an outlet to do the thing I liked most.  Meeting and talking with people due to the blog was also fun.  Getting recognized at the courthouse by people I’d never met before was surreal.
  7. Are you going to start doing something else?  Like what, a Compelling Discovery Tik-Tok channel so I can reach exceptionally bored law students and young lawyers?  Nope.  Before doing anything else I would first consider if I have exceeded the Murtaugh Threshold for whatever it is.  This is a pseudo-scientific theory on gerontology I have invented and named after Sergeant Roger Murtaugh, who summarized its scientific and theoretical application in a simple, easily understandable sentence.[2]
  8. What are you going to do with your spare time now that you aren’t blogging?  This “spare time” concept is intriguing, but I am unfamiliar with it.
  9. Is this due to COVID-19?  No, the timing is only a coincidence.  I’ve been thinking about this for more than a year.
  10. Is there a Compelling Discovery party to mark the occasion?  I’m not planning one.  If you have one, pour a little out for me…  preferably something marginally better than the Natty Light that you’d serve to cousin Eddie.[3]

[1] “One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer.” Closing Time, Semisonic.

[2] His most famous quote, available here.

[3] I mean, at least make it Natty Ice.  Same $, slightly more ABV.