I'm done. I've had all I can take of the vicious, nasty, cr@p that has been going on in our little industry. Sure, SEOs have disagreed with one another from day one, usually on forums. That's nothing new. Sometimes it got nasty. That's nothing new. But I've never, ever seen things get this bad before, and you know what I blame it on? Blogging. That's right. Blogging.
Don't get me wrong. I love blogging. I love blogs. I love the interaction, the conversations, the ability to get to know people, and the ability to read different viewpoints. Blogging can bring the best of those we never knew before to light.
Unfortunately, blogging also brings out the worst of the worst, who now have easy access to "speaking their minds". And the nasty remarks made in blog posts simply feed more nasty remarks made on more blogs, and those remarks feed conversations in forums and social networks, and more blogging occurs, feeding more nasty remarks, and those remarks...well, you get the picture.
You want to know what else I blame all this nastiness on? Boredom. Our industry has stagnated. We "know it all" already. The mystery is gone. There's nothing left to talk about that hasn't already been said a thousand different times, and a hundred different ways (with the other 900 times being rehashes of the same things others already said - dup content, as it were).
If you are blissfully unaware of the latest goings-on, I'll let you stay blissfully unaware. I won't link to any of the BS. I won't summarize it all for you. You either have been slapped in the face by it, or you're tip-toe'ing through the tulips without a clue. (And that's a state I wish I could return to).
Those that are being the most vicious...I wash my hands of you forever. I refuse to even think your name in my mind. Poof! You're gone.
Those that are feeding into the nastiness, but aren't actually being vicious yourselves, I humbly ask you to stop for a moment and consider stepping out of the entire situation as I am doing right now. I understand how easy it is to get involved, and how hard it is to reject the situation completely, but all I can do is ask you to at least consider doing so. If you choose to stay and participate in the feeding frenzy, I won't judge you or feel any differently about you. But I hope ... maybe ... some of you will walk away from it as I am doing.
Only by completely rejecting this ENTIRE type of viciousness can we hope to defuse it. Well, that's my opinion, anyway. I might be wrong, but it doesn't look like participating has defused it any, right? So how about we try something different?
For those reasons, I'll be scarce at our industry's biggest social network(s), where much of this is bubbling up. In addition, I'll be much quieter ... everywhere, including here.
For the next few months, I'll be spotlighting the people in the Search Bloggers list, as I've already begun to do. I can assure you that I will NOT be spotlighting any kind of nasty, negative blog posts such as I've seen lately around our industry. Instead I'll be focusing on showing you blog posts from the wonderful people in our industry that you may or may not have heard of. And during this time of focusing on our industry's best posts, I may not be doing much blogging here myself, simply because I need to refocus on the positive aspects of our world. And the best way for me to do that is to concentrate on shining some light on the positive people and their positive thoughts. That's mostly what you'll see here for the next couple of months. If that's not what you want to see, let me apologize in advance. But I need to step back and simply highlight the people and ideas that I think are worthy "out there", rather than risk feeding into this negativity by being unable to hold my tongue. I hope that's ok with at least some of you.
Hopefully, in time, there will be new SEO mysteries to write about, and new attitudes in our industry. At that point, I'll likely have lots more to say. 🙂