What an SEO weekend looks like

by Ruud Hein February 8th, 2008 

Here it's Friday, the weekend is at the door and you know what I'm thinking?


Now I can get some stuff done without all the stress...

That's the weekend I'm looking forward to.

497202663_eb4cd8db28_t I want to read up, and search about, AIRWeb 2008 because honestly an "International Workshop on Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web" sounds just like my thing.

I want to revisit Word Order in phrase important? to parse some things Orion said there.

I want to spend some more time with Niall Kennedy's proof-of-concept post sniff browser history for improved user experience.

I want to finally check out that link Who Owns What 2.1?

2157731459_21c367100b_t Besides that I want to play around with some JavaScript-written CSS to try something and see how search engines react to it. I have a bunch of stats I would like to look at especially as I have the feeling that two of them go together, one explaining a spike in the other. There's a client blog I would like to tweak some stuff on just to make it a bit nicer and... and...

You are insane! No you are... No...

If you think I'm the odd one out, think again.

Last Friday at 8PM Miriam Ellis-Loraditch wrote at her SEO Igloo Blog about the honorable SEMMY mention the blog had received.

On a perfect Saturday Jeffrey from SEO Design Solutions thought, hey, this is just the right time to write about Web Analytics & Website User Interaction!

Early Sunday, or late at night, Kim "SpostareDuro" Bock blogs about SEO/M in StumbleUpon while her beau Bill "SEO by the Sea" Slawski prefers a light afternoon snack of Yahoo on Collecting User Data for Web Site Profiling.

Instead of having supper, Aaron Wall writes about how Selling Ads Without a Precise Brand = Bad Business Model.

And mind you, none of these people, you and I included, are miserable: this is what we actually want to do with our weekend and anything else is just a distraction.

You're a Nerd


A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff. All the time. Those lulls in the conversation over dinner? That's the nerd working on his project in his head.
-- The Nerd Handbook

Now let me go back to work and stop bugging me ....

Ruud Hein

My paid passion at Search Engine People sees me applying my passions and knowledge to a wide array of problems, ones I usually experience as challenges. People who know me know I love coffee.

Ruud Hein

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23 Responses to “What an SEO weekend looks like”

  1. Shana Albert says:

    Now THAT is the kind of weekends I long for!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I can totally relate to your post, Ruud. My family can too and they are quite sick of it. Once the weather warms and Spring is in the air again…. I'm taking the family and getting the heck out of the house. :)

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Ruud Hein says:

    "Once the weather warms and Spring is in the air againโ€ฆ. Iโ€™m taking the family and getting the heck out of the house."

    Yeah! Me too!

    With the laptop.

  3. Great post Rudd. All week long I look forward to Friday night so I can finally get to the work I want to do.

  4. Still it is nice to just check what's happening as you pass that computer that is watching the universe ..

  5. MiriamEllis says:

    Ruud, this is a great post. It's true…we've lost all distinction between weekdays and weekends around here. I can only say in my defense, when we shut off the computers, we really get far away from work. We go to the most silent, people-free corner of the woods and bask in the unplugged life. It's a good balance.

    I really liked the way you wrote this. Clever!

  6. Ruud Hein says:

    Steven, I hear you. Probably you and I have mornings and evenings like that too!

    Barry — isn't that why they call it a *portable* computer?

    Miriam, you almost had me convinced … but then I remember; you're a writer… Writers don't do breaks… We write about them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. spostareduro says:



    How bizarre.

    I do not know this word you speak of.

    Btw, Bill and I want to spend the summer hitting the sunshine and doing some fishing and swimming and I was wondering…

    Do they make waterproof laptops?

  8. Ruud Hein says:

    Uhuh… but worse.. Once there you'll realize that "liquid tranqiluity acutally gets 3 searches a day… And you'll be one of the only people knowing why…

  9. spostareduro says:

    Bill and I are responsible for the 3 searches.

  10. Ruud Hein says:

    "That day my father bowed out of the comment game, never to be the same again", she said

  11. Utah SEO says:

    SEO is a lifestyle.

  12. spostareduro says:

    Why am I feeling so blond right now? :-)~

  13. Sebastian says:

    I don't get it. I'd never work, read work related stuff, check stats or whatnot on a weekend, or after 5:00pm.

    Ok, since your blog's timestamp says Saturday to this comment, here's the trick: get your kids to paint you a static clock and a calendar that has Mon-Fri only. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Simon Slade says:

    I tend to work all the time too, so I can relate.

  15. Just getting my fix before heading into Manhattan for the day. You better believe I'll be back online before going to bed though :-)

  16. My face is in the shape of a question mark. Am I about to giggle with glee? Or sigh because I, too, have no life and like it that way? Escape to take a walk in the gray outdoors where it's not raining at the moment?

    Just a minute, gotta click refresh and get another look at live stats…

    …now, where were we?

  17. Great post! The weekend is the only time I have to do all of that "fun" stuff. During the week I spend 60 hours working on client initiatives and building the business. The wife is never amused.

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  19. I spent almost all my waking hours in front of the computer. I don't even get to go out often and meet some of my friends because I'm too busy with my sites..^^

  20. Sometimes on the weekends, I like to write posts for the coming week in a batch. Then make a new notebook for a friend. Or work on filling in the dates for my Book of Days.
    My wife thinks that I am nuts because I read "Bit Literacy" and "How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci" in one weekend.

    I thought that they went together nicely.

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  22. Ruud:

    Just saw this post now, thanks for the mention. Great post as usual.

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