Back when China Law Blog was a young pup, the Wall Street Journal Blog referenced one of our posts and we went all Sally Fields about that. We ran a post, entitled, The Wall Street Journal — They Like Us. They Really Like Us, the sole purpose of which (near as I can tell nearly six years later) was to let everyone know that the Wall Street Journal had noticed us. We are, of course, far too cool/wise/jaded/experienced/old to act that way now.

Or so I thought until I read a post on theContractsGuy Blog, entitled, The Reading List: China Law Blog.

The author of that post, St. Louis business lawyer, Brian Rogers, so totally understands this blog that his post felt like confirmation of what we are seeking to achieve here. In addition to that (or better yet, because of that), Rogers’ post does a phenomenal job listing out what are probably our best (or at least most practical/helpful) posts for 2011.

I am not going to list all the posts Rogers lists because i want to make sure you read his entire post, but I am going to state how delighted I was to learn that his favorite post “by far” was China Manufacturing Agreements. Watching The Sausage Get Made, which he describes as follows:

The post consists simply of a pair of sanitized client emails. One explains the typical contents of a Chinese manufacturing agreement, along with a discussion of important issues to consider. The other email accompanied the initial draft of a manufacturing contract. They’re pieces of commercial transaction art, clearly explaining the significant issues the client should consider and providing salient commercial and legal advice.

I too loved that post because it consisted pretty much entirely of emails co-blogger Steve Dickinson had sent to a client and all I had to do was remove any client identifiers and then post it. In other words, the post was the essence of what we as China lawyers do pretty much every day. Then to have a fellow lawyer appreciate that is — to me — one of the highest compliments we could ever get.

Whenever someone thanks me for highlighting on our blog something they have written elsewhere, I demur by saying that I should be thanking them instead. I say this because we mention and link to other writings not as a favor to their authors, but because we think the writings are interesting and worth reading and we want to bring them to the attention of our readers. So for this reason, I am not going to thank theContractsGuy for highlighting our blog on his blog.

Instead I am going to thank him for making my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Loyal Reader

    That is quite the post. You sure you didn’t pay for that? Actually, you should be proud. Not just of that post, but of all the great writing the two of you have done over the years. It is no accident that you have thrived over the last seven years.

  • Interesting that you linked to the dictionary definition of “demur” while misspelling it in the post.
    Engaging in a bit of lexicographic irony?
    Demurely yours,
    A Faithful Reader

  • Congratulations! I´ve been visiting this blog for a while now and I have always found excellent content.
    -Armando T

  • VivianChang

    Congratulations on a job (consistently) well done.

  • Dan: Thank you for your kind words! You certainly capture the spirit of my post when you say that we share others’ writing not as a favor to its authors but as a service to our readers. It’s darn hard to find great content, and I expend a lot of energy looking for it. Sharing the good stuff I come across with the folks who take the time to check into my blog on occasion is one way to make it worth their while for including me in their world.
    I do think it’s a little funny, though, that I was introduced to your blog the old school way: a paralegal of a client told me about it while we were on the phone. She certainly did a service for me.

  • sandy

    It’s “demur” — no “e”.

  • Parma

    Posts that have quality are always shared and talked about. And that’s one great thing about blogging.

  • CNA

    I like it too. Keep up the great work.