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January 8, 2010

Friday Recap – Geek Love Edition

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Happy Friday, everyone! Virginia is on vacation today so yours truly will be doing the Friday recap instead. This means a vastly geekier recap and at least one reminder that the best show on television returns next Wednesday on TNT. (That was the reference. I’ll behave from now on.)

Instead of making this whole thing a love letter to Leverage, I’ll start with some SEO Love Letters.

I can understand where the fine folks over at Prospect MX are coming from. It’s really comments like these that make having a blog worthwhile. Here at BC HQ, we like to print them out and put them on a special board we have reserved for just this kind of deeply heartfelt commenting.

Also giving us warm fuzzies (real ones this time, not tongue-in-cheek ones) is being included among the SEO Geek’s Top Posts of 2009. I’ve been really impressed with the work that Virginia has done over the last year and it’s good to see that other people recognize her awesome.

Being as it’s the start of a new year, there are a lot of Best of 2009 posts flying around, like the Facebook Top Trends of 2009 from Brian Solis and a look back at A Decade of 21st Century SEO with Jill Whalen.

Also a must-read, Tamar Weinberg’s Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2009. Tamar’s post was a present to all of us on her birthday, a tradition well worth upholding.

[11:09:17 AM] BCI-Paula Allen: Top-selling artists for 2009

Everything is going virtual in 2010. Whether it’s digital downloads propelling artists to the top of the charts, e-books selling like hotcakes or entire movies being fabricated out of nothing more than pixels (no, not that movie. This one.), it’s clear that actually producing something you can hold in your hand is totally last decade.

Not that virtual reality can replace actual reality in every case. There’s no substitute for the networking and knowledge transfer you get from conferences for example. Happily, we’re heading into conference season with SES London in February. Here in the states, March will see Virginia going to SMX West and I’ll be heading out to see Avinash Kaushik keynote SES New York. You can get a taste of New York thanks to a webcast with Avinash to be moderated by Mike Grehan. That’s taking place Tuesday, January 12 at 1 pm Eastern.

Next week is going to be a busy week for us. Not only is Leverage premiering (I totally lied about being good) but we’ve got an SEO Newsletter coming up on January 15. We’ll be continuing our SEO Hierarchy series with an article on Linking. And of course, the first newsletter of the year means that we’ll have Bruce Clay’s 2010 Year in Preview. You can sign up for the newsletter over in the sidebar.

The most exciting thing that’s going to happen next week though is that my brother and sister-in-law will be having a baby! I’ll be sure to get good pictures for the blog and Twitter.

SEO babies are the cutest babies of all. It’s a proven fact.

I don’t have a good segue for this so, quick, look over there, the Universe!

[1/6/2010 2:57:53 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: Crazy awesome

I can’t look at pictures of the universe without thinking of this song from the Animaniacs. Let’s go back to last century for a minute, okay, when there were still 9 planets.

Sigh. The good old days. You know, it’s pilot season in Hollywood, so in honor of all those series that won’t make it past their first sweeps week, let’s take a look at some failed pilots from days gone by. You have to wonder what those pitches sounded like when they were greenlit. Apparently, people have been screwing up the pitching process for a heck of a long time. [Hat tip to @bergopolis (who also writes for Leverage!)]

Finally, I want to wrap up with my favorite Lisa post of the week. I think every industry can relate to this post a little bit. Lisa draws a very clear line about what you should and should not ask a when trying to hire a copywriter. I love this post to bits and not just because Lisa was thinking of me when she posted it.


That’s all, folks! Have a great weekend.

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7 responses to “Friday Recap – Geek Love Edition”

  1. SEO Reseller writes:

    I’m glad I dug into you archives from way back. The video was priceless. I needed the laugh after a hectic day at the office. Thanks for this, and thanks for the free smile.

  2. Gil Reich writes:

    Still laughing from the video. Nicely done.

  3. Susan Esparza writes:

    Virginia is all for this idea. Maybe once a month. They’re fun to write but I think I’d get boring pretty quickly. Can you deal with a Best Lisa of the Month feature?

  4. Lisa Barone writes:

    You guys should alternate weeks because you write them totally differently. And I’m not just saying that because I want a mention. I mean, that’s not the *only* reason.

  5. Susan Esparza writes:

    That might very well be my Friday Recap tradition. Unfortunately, I don’t do them very often.

  6. Lisa Barone writes:

    I think ending the Friday Recap with your favorite Lisa post of the week is also a tradition worth upholding.

  7. Karen writes:

    Regarding Pluto, and geekiness:

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