Steno101’s Spotify Ad Has Taken Off

An amazing court reporter has started Steno101, a resource for people that want to learn about the field. In many ways it comes across to me as a newer version of Steno Search or my Resource Page, and it’s a welcome addition to the internet.

Steno101, luckily for us, has the resources to run Spotify ads. And this weekend, that’s what it set out to do.

Then the ad went live. And lots of people got to hear about steno this weekend, and will continue to throughout the week.

More clicks have occurred since I was sent this image. A lot of young people are now thinking “stenographer.”

This is what I have been fighting so hard for. A world where each person does just a little bit and we all come out better for it. We are on our way to a far more robust industry. It’s thanks to people like the Steno101 creator and all the other professionals in this field fighting to educate within and without the field. It’s thanks to the people doing the work all day, every day. We have seen the future of legal records if we don’t beat back the shortage, educate reporters on basic economics, and call out the companies making our industry an undesirable one to work in. As these things fall into place, we will see a dramatic expansion of the workforce, and pretty much everybody’s going to benefit. So if you can direct one person to Steno101 or a similar resource like Steno101, NCRA A to Z, Project Steno, or Open Steno, please do so, it’ll make a real difference for all of us.

Does Stenonymous Spend More On Steno Ads Than US Legal?

When you care about something, how difficult is it to do? I can only go by my own experiences here. I hate calling lawyers. A family member got fired and there was potentially an attached legal issue. I was on the phone chain calling lawyers for them until I found one that could speak to the family member that same day. I don’t have any desire to be a public speaker, but I figured it out when I thought our profession might need it. US Legal, by all appearances, cares a lot about attracting digital reporters and strengthening AAERT.

I would love to talk to you too, senior recruiter.

In fairness, US Legal does have a reporter corner and a few spots on their site where they specifically mention stenography. But we have to look at the totality of the circumstances to decide whether this is out of genuine care or whether it’s a facade to point at and say “look, we care!” It’s been known for a while that US Legal is backing digital reporting. They bought out Stenotrain, made some announcements to look good, and killed it. Now reporters are getting offers to join USL as long as reporters drop the stenotype and fall in line with whatever junk USL wants to peddle to consumers. Again, I have to look at my own experiences, and when I don’t advertise very much, my site can get as little as 500 views a year.

What a year that was. Am I right?

Meanwhile, when I spend a few hundred bucks on an ad, I get the word steno in front of thousands of people.

A seven-nation army couldn’t hold me back.

Hopefully the point is pretty clear. If and when they cry shortage and say they just can’t fill the seats, it’s a lie. According to Owler, they have a revenue of over $100 million. They’re taking that money and betting it against stenographic court reporters. There are national, state, and nonprofit databases of reporters. This is a game to take our relatively high-paying jobs and organized, educated workforce, and replace them with low-paying jobs and people who won’t have the same ethics culture we do.

It’s a game I need some help winning. All corporations are made up of people. Educate those people on the truth, and just maybe they’ll realize they’re risking everything by backing the losing horse. If you happen to get a message from one of the recruiters working on this, please don’t blast them, but let them know what’s happening. Chances are good they have no idea.

I do wish him luck and success. But I also hope he finds a better employer.

Stenonymous Goes (Mostly) Ad Free!

We are happy to say we’ve upgraded the WordPress plan and you should see a lot less advertisement from random sources going forward. We were particularly annoyed by the ones that advertised stuff, namely all of them. Going forward, you should only see ads at the top or bottom of blog posts, instead of being inserted every five seconds at the whims of some magic algorithm.

The main page now has an e-mail subscription button. And now is a great time to subscribe, because the rate of postings will reduce while we work on site organization and article quality.

That said, if you’d like to support the free flow of information and site improvements, feel free to head over to the fundraising page and donate directly or buy a Sad Iron Stenographer mug!

On a more somber note, we’ve gotten an uptick of anonymous emails. We appreciate anything sent in, just know that on average we try to spin things into a positive message about moving forward. We appreciate all forms of humor, but won’t devolve into using this site to bully people or make accusations without evidence.

Last note: We promise every submission is read. Though we cannot create content for every single e-mail, we encourage the expression. One reader humorously challenged us to give instructions on how to like things on Facebook. We’re going to do it just to show some appreciation for the reader and celebrate fewer ads on the blog.

  1. First thing is first, you must watch this rendition of the Bear That Wasn’t.
  2. Take special note that it’s almost as good as the cartoon rerun that aired on Cartoon Network during the 90s.
  3. Then you get a cellphone or some other device with internet. Note that if you use a desktop computer, a mouse will make the whole ordeal way easier.
  4. Head over to Facebook and find a post you want to like, but probably something from Marc Greenberg or the Scire brothers.
  5. And then just click and/or tap like.

*EDIT 2/21/19

Notably the mobile view still seems to display ads smack in the middle of the page so serious consideration is going into turning them off entirely. You hate ads, I hate ads, we’re going to get them to behave or get the heck out.