Towards the end of 2010 I am shining a light on the bloggers of State of Search, the ones who are providing us with great content. I take a look at what they wrote, asked them how their year was and what their expectations for 2011 are. A digital thank you for their work.
Today Barry Adams takes the stand. Barry is the only State of Search blogger I have never met in person. Yet it feels as if we are friends, since we’ve been communicating over the web for a few years now. And Barry is the kind of person who doesn’t let you down. He might have some rough edges sometimes when it comes to opinions, he is a guy who stands for his opinions, even if that means he’ll have to eat is hat when he is wrong. I’ve seen Barry grow from someone eager to become a name in the industry to someone who is a solid and well respected SEO. And I’m proud of that!
I asked Barry the same questions about 2010 and 2011 as I did the other bloggers:
What was your highlight of 2010?
What was the thing you least liked of 2010?
I think overall I had a pretty decent 2010. Sure there were some things that I’d rather not have happened, but such is life. Looking back I’d say 2010 was a pretty good year.
What was your best post on State of Search in 2010?
Regarding my own blog posts, there’s a couple I’m pretty happy with: “Google, The Internet, and Artificial Intelligence” is a geeky ramble that I enjoyed writing. “The Definitive Guide to Image Optimisation” was also good fun and very educational for me when I did the research for it. But my personal favourite has to the “The State of Search for News“.
What are your expectations for 2011?
I expect (hope!) to get married to my lovely fiancée in a flawless ceremony surrounded by family and close friends. Other than that I expect Google to continue pulling surprises out of its hat, Bing to continue to work hard to close the gap, and governments and entrenched institutions around the world to continue to fight a doomed struggle against the relentless progress of internet technology and the freedom that it brings.
Barry is smart not to point out just one post as his favorite post, since there were so many good ones. I agree that “The State of Search for News” is the best one but you know me, there is always more. “SEO: Back to Basics” was a popular one amongst the readers, as was “Understanding Search Engines” and I personally really liked “The Problem with Testing in SEO“.
Barry, thank you very much for your work, and for sticking with us. I hope 2011 will be wonderful for you and the future mrs Adams. Congratulations on that and let’s finally meet up next year!