As 2008 draws to a close, this is a natural time to look back at the last year of iPhone J.D. Natural, but impossible, because the site has only been around for about six weeks. Even so, I'd like to thank everyone who has helped to make this the #1 site for lawyers using iPhones ... a claim that I make with some authority because I believe this is the only such site.
Thanks to my wife (an iPhone-using lawyer) for her support, and to my son for showing me that even a three year old can figure out how to use an iPhone.
Thanks to my blogger friends such as Ernie Svenson (Ernie the Attorney), Robert Peyton (Appetites), Ray Ward (Minor Wisdom) and Ben Stevens (The Mac Attorney) for educating me, inspiring me to start a blog, and linking to this site when it first started.
Thanks to my law firm and the increasing number of iPhone-using attorneys there who are frequently giving me ideas for this blog
Thanks to iFUN.de/iPhone, also known as iPhone-ticker.de, for sending thousands of visitors from Germany due to a link several weeks ago that is still sending traffic today. If there are any German lawyers reading this site -- Willkommen! The Internet really does make the world feel like a small place. For example, using Google Translate, you can easily read that site in English and readers in other countries can easily read this site and others in their native language. Amazing technology.
Thanks to Steve Matthews for his interesting thoughts on how blogs like this can be marketing tools. The truth is that this site is just a hobby, not some elaborate marketing plan, but Steve's blog offers tons of useful advice that can help all lawyers market ourselves better.
Obviously, thanks to Apple for all that it has done with the iPhone in 2008. It is hard to believe that when this year started, the iPhone had no third party apps, no 3G, didn't work with Microsoft Exchange e-mail (and lacked MobileMe as another push e-mail alternative beyond Yahoo! Mail), and maxed out at 8 Gigs. When the 16 Gig iPhone was introduced in February of 2008, it cost $499. Dan Moren of Macworld has an excellent article on how the iPhone has evolved in 2008. Check it out. Considering all of the hardware and software features added to the iPhone in 2008, I am very excited to see what Apple has in store for 2009.
But most of all, thanks to all of you for reading and contributing to iPhone J.D. I know it is a little cliché for a blog to thank its readers, but your comments and e-mails have given me so many ideas for getting more out of my own iPhone and have resulted in dozens of posts to this website. Thanks!
Happy New Year, and please keep your comments and e-mails coming in 2009. Let's all plan to meet up this time next year to look back on all of the improvements to the iPhone that we saw in 2009. I predict that it is going to be an awesome year.