November 21, 2006
From Search Engine Watch to Search Engine Land
So all of you know by now that Danny is starting a new site named Search Engine Land, the logo to the right, is one of the logos people are voting on, claim your vote. In any event, the community reaction was both surprising and very touching for me, and I suspect also for Danny and Chris.
What was surprising? Well, Danny clearly informed the public that both Chris and I are going along with Danny to Search Engine Land from Search Engine Watch - this was not held back. But for some reason people did not learn about this until I commented at Threadwatch saying and then Lisa posted Will SEW survive without Danny, Chris and Barry?
Lisa's comments are very touching. As I explained, I never signed a contract with Incisive to write at Search Engine Watch. I was a month to month type of writer. Honestly, a long term contract was never offered, but I never requested it. Chris's contract ends the end of this year, and Danny's ends the end of this month - really soon.
It’s unbelievable to me that Barry Schwartz wasn’t contracted for his work at Search Engine Watch. How can a company survive without at least thinking of the long term, especially for someone with as much authority and industry respect as Barry? Though I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised, they did let Danny walk away uncompensated.
Wow - thank you Lisa, that means a ton!
But get this, Incisive has not once called me or emailed me about my future plans after Danny made his announcement. I have yet to hear from them, even up to the time of writing this post. I guess they assumed that Chris and I would stay on at SEW. You know what they say about assuming things...
But the reaction in the community is that Search Engine Watch will not survive without us. I don't know about that - it is not for me to say. More comments on that from Nathan Weinberg and other comments via Google Blog Search and Google News Search.
Ok, so what if Incisive made me an offer to stay on, what if???
I think it would be suicide for me.
(1) Who am I to fill the shoes of Danny Sullivan?
(2) I have a full time job already, I don't have the time to run SEW.
(3) I feel that anyone, outside of Chris Sherman, who takes on this role, will be hated by the SEM community for attempting.
So Search Engine Land, I suspect Danny and I continue as we have been doing at SEW. Chris is going to be blogging more often, which is going to be a lot of fun. And I believe Danny has some more news that may shock some of you. So make sure to subscribe to the Search Engine Land feed.
This is going to be a ton of fun!