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December 20, 2006

Search Headlines – Departures, 2006 Search Blog Awards and Drama

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Jake Baillie Leaves TrueLocal

Search Engine Journal’s Loren Baker reports on something we too were made aware of today: Jake Baillie announcement that he will be leaving TrueLocal as of Jan. 1 in order to act as Managing Director of a company that will fund new media and technology start-ups.

Jake wrote:

"As managing director, my role will be to evaluate, fund, and help these small and inventive companies become self-sufficient. We’re starting out with a stable of existing investments which will be announced shortly, and beginning in April, we will evaluate new opportunities. We’re looking to take on several entrepreneurs in residence in the short-term, as well as providing investments to companies in the 50K-500K range."

Jake, from everyone here at Bruce Clay, Inc., we wish you all the best in your new endeavor.

Vote for the 2006 Search Blogs Awards

Voting is open for Search Engine Journal’s 2006 Search Blog Awards, so get to it. We’re proud, shocked and mystified that the Bruce Clay, Inc. blog is in the running for Best SEO Blog of 2006, and that somehow my lowly name wound up on the Best Search Engine Blogger list. That’s mighty humbling.

So, stop what you’re doing right now (no, now!) and run over there to go vote for all your blogging favorites. And if it happens to be us, well that’s okay too. ;) In all seriousness, we’re just happy to be among all of our favorite blogs and bloggers. It’s quite an honor.

More Blog Drama

Over at Daggle, Danny Sullivan contemplates the growing lack of blog civility. We feel ya, Danny.

I was among the bummed that TechCrunch UK was put on hold, but even I don’t want to read about all the drama going on behind the scenes. Some internal affairs are meant to be kept private. Danny offers some good questions to ask yourself before you go airing your dirty laundry in public.

"Is it fair? Will I be comfortable to say to them, sorry — but this was justified, this particular tone. And in particular, I think about what if I have to meet someone in person. Would I behave in a particular way in a face-to-face manner? I try to exercise those face-to-face manners online, especially when leaving comments or in forum discussions."

Fun Finds

Gaping Void’s The Career Manifesto. Here’s my favorite:

"6. Your technical skills may impress the other geeks, but if you can’t get along with your co-workers, you’re a litigation breeder. Don’t be surprised if management regards you as an expensive risk."

Did you read that, Susan? Heh. [Don't worry, Lisa. You're adorable. We're not getting rid of you. --Susan] – Oh, don’t even. You were the one voted Most Likely To Stab Someone in the Jugular with a Pencil in high school.

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