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Willie Peacock Looks Back on FindLaw's Blogs, McDonald's Ice Cream

I remember my first job fondly. As a 15-year-old, I was hired at the nearby McDonald's, the fifth of five Peacock children to join the fast food ranks (and the fourth McCrew member).

Nobody likes working in fast food, especially not for $6 an hour. But I took pride in that job, and to date, there are a few accomplishments that stand out: being able to make the tallest soft-serve ice cream cone anyone has ever seen, being so fast at taking drive-through orders that I'd crash the entire store's computer system, and reciting every word of Ciara's "Goodies" while mopping up the lobby.

I expect I'll look back at FindLaw with a similar sense of pride. My editor asked me to toss out my 10 favorite posts of all time in classic listicle format, but after more than 3,400 posts, that would take all day -- and the Guinness is getting warm.

Instead, as always, I'm going to do it a little differently.

Most Absurd Posts: Elmo, Paula Cole

My early days at FindLaw were spent writing for the local blogs, such as the Chicago Family Law Blog. And while many of those posts can be described as no-longer-relevant news-based rants (here's to you, Anti-Semitic Elmo!), my post on alimony, set to the lyrics of Paula Cole's "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?," is an all-time favorite that is eternally relevant to the plight of Colesian housewives who believed their John Waynes' lies.

Legal Professional Blogs: Thanks for the Memories

After paying my dues on the local beat, I switched over to FindLaw's Legal Professional blogs. Some of my favorite topics to cover included:

So, where am I going? I'm hanging a shingle using everything I've learned from reading and writing for FindLaw's small-firm Strategist and gadgets-for-lawyers Technologist blogs. You may see me on the Internet from time to time, but it's long since been time to do what I went to law school to do: practice law.

The FindLaw Record Books

Just as I still look back at those 3-foot-tall McDonald's ice cream cones, I'll carry the M.O.A.T. (Most of All Time) title with pride. With 3,400+ posts under my belt, I'm the Pete Rose of FindLaw's blogs, minus the degenerate gambling. For the record books:

  • That's about 1,000 more than my friend and favorite legal blogger Robyn Hagan Cain.
  • At an average of 500 words per post (I'm long-winded), that's approximately 1.7 million words.
  • I included more rap and pop music references into my posts than any legal blogger in history (FindLaw or otherwise) -- unverified, but strongly suspected.

Good luck to Corey, Andrew, Tanya, Kevin, the blogs team, and everyone else at FindLaw. I'm out folks.

One love,
Willie Peacock

Editor's Note: Best of luck to you too, Willie. We'll miss you!