New Ownership: Joy Hawkins' Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Wow! Talk about "Bittersweet". First, Linda, thank you SO much for your dedication, support and friendship to all over the past 6+ years. Your steadying influence and keen insights have been a blessing to all Local SEOs everywhere. Thank you!

But so happy for you at the same time. Now you can be the Full Time Grandma that you've wanted to be. They are very lucky kids. Cheers to the First Lady of Local SEO!

And as a "parting gift" you leave us in the most capable hands of Joy Hawkins (and Colan too :p) Isn't that just like you, Linda? Leaving "your kids" with THE best sitter imaginable. Joy was definitely cut from the same cloth as you. Always giving and insightful.

For any relatively new SEOs here that may be concerned about this transition, don't be. Volume One of the Local SEO story is closing. Volume Two begins now. And with a very talented author.
 

Linda Buquet

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Moderator
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

I don't post much but I've been lurking for a few years and this has always been a go-to place for great resources. It's always so positive and welcoming in here, and none more so than Linda - thanks and good luck! With Joy and Colan around, I'm sure you've left this place in good hands :)
This has always stood out to me as well. Many times, especially in tech related forums, the conversations can get a bit condescending at times (to put it nicely). I have never, EVER seen that here from any member. It's difficult to cultivate a "safe for all members" environment like that - but it has been done very well here.
Glad you guys mentioned how different the attitude is here compared to other forums. In the past I went to lots of forums that had too many spammers, trolls, flamers. Oh and debaters, all trying to one up each other and of course their answer is always the only right one.

One reason this forum is so calm is that David (DJ) has put so many spam filters in place that spammers seldom get through. He's done this for so long he can smell a spammer a mile away and knows all their tricks, so he can block them before they ever get in!

The 2nd reason this forum is so positive and helpful is YOU GUYs! I swear people in the Local Search industry and our members in particular, have to be the nicest people on earth!

Where can you see this kind of camaraderie? Most of the active members here are consultants, SEOs or agency peeps - so you are all competing with each other, essentially. Yet so many of you take time every day to come by and help someone out, or warn us about a new problem, or share a hack that helps not just the active people in the discussion but EVERYONE who reads the thread.

David (DJ) and I have owned and moderated many other forums between us (him a lot more than me) and we've never seen anything like this one!

As I've always said, it's the people here, the members that make this place so great! You guys are lucky to have Joy & Colan now, but they are also really lucky to have you!

Sincere thanks to every single one of you for the kind words and kudos! I'm so sorry I can't keep replying to people individually, but my hands are totally fried. I worked harder the past 2 months on acquisition stuff and tying up loose ends to make a smooth transition, than I think I did the rest of the year, trying to run the place. Haha!

Ok so I only have enough "handwidth" left for 1 more thought, then I need a long break.

WIN/WIN/WIN! This change is really a win for all: Sterling Sky, myself and especially the members. I'm so happy that even though I'm retiring, you guys will continue to have this place - and it will only get better from here with Joy & Colan in charge!
 

MeganR

Forum Member
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Linda, thank you, so much for creating this forum. It has been a constant in my pursuit of cutting-edge local SEO & strategy. As said many times above, Joy and Colan are excellent choices to continue the forum. Thank you, for all of your countless hours moderating/contributing to this wonderful forum.
 
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Oh My! Big congratulations and best of luck Linda.

Hope our paths will cross but enjoy your new phase of life.

Sterling Sky crew, it should be an amazing new adventure!
 

Linda Buquet

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Staff member
Moderator
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Once again, thanks to all for the kind words and well wishes.

Your thoughtful replies mean more to me right now, than you could ever know!
 
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Linda, you have been incredibly helpful and beyond generous with your time, assistance, and support for myself and other members on and outside this forum. It is a tremendous resource for those in this industry and with Joy and Colan taking over, I'm positive it will continue to grow in value over the years.

Joy and Colan - the two of you have been so helpful and supportive over the years as well! SO happy for you two and I'm excited to see what the future brings for this forum.

Kristen
 
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Thank you Linda for taking such good care of us. This is my go-to source for everything Local. I know we are in good hands and I'm happy for you. But selfishly I teared up. Oh life, oh time. :eek:
 

Linda Buquet

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Staff member
Moderator
Re: New Ownership: Joy Hawkins’ Company Sterling Sky, Inc. Has Acquired the Forum

Thank you Kristen and Jennifer. I really enjoyed my time here and appreciate your comments above - a ton!
 
Just heard the news and wanted to pop in and say congrats Linda! Thanks for starting and growing this community over the years. It's been an invaluable resource and I'm looking forward to seeing what Joy brings to this place next!
 

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