My two weeks notice: I'm leaving Searchcowboys

Mon 1 February 2010 14:50, Editors

My two weeks notice: I'm leaving Searchcowboys

I have some news to share with you. And it might surprise some of you. As said many times before, all good things come to an end. And now, my period as a Chief Editor of Searchcowboys also comes to an end. In two weeks time, in the same week SES London opens its doors, after almost 1500 posts, I will be writing my last post as Chief Editor of Searchcowboys.

This might come as a surprise to some of you and might raise questions because after all I am part-owner of the website, how can you resign from something you own? And no, you are not getting rid of me that easy, I will be around doing a lot of other stuff. Let me explain.

Almost two years ago I started working on the concept of Searchcowboys. You know that Searchcowboys is part of a network of sites with Dutchcowboys as the 'mother site'. As a regular blogger on Dutchcowboys I was asked to be 'a part of the family' and run my own sister-site in the network of sites which were already there. I said yes if it could be a blog in English about search. And there the idea of was born.

Now, two years after we first talked about Searchcowboys the site can be called a success. Branding wise a lot of Europeans, and also US-people, now know Searchcowboys (and me ;) ). And we really have established a lot.
So why "quit"?
Maybe "quitting" isn't the right word here. I'm not quitting blogging, I'm not quitting search. I'm just not going to be the one running Searchcowboys anymore.

There are several reasons why I'm leaving the site. I won't be addressing them all here, but one of the main reasons is time. Searchcowboys' format lies in a couple of things, one of which is the European focus. Another part of the format is that there are many news-related stories. I want to spent less time writing news-posts and more time writing in depth articles. And I cannot do that while running Searchcowboys.

So what will I be doing?
That I'm not going to be on Searchcowboys anymore doesn't mean you won't be hearing from me anymore. Far from it. As said I want to write more in depth articles. I will still be blogging on sites like Searchengineland, Searchenginewatch and others (if they let me ;). And I will probably have my own spot where I will be posting my articles.

Next to that I have plans on writing some books on a couple of different subjects. And I will continue to do and expand the things I was already doing: workshops, training sessions and speaking.

The (radio)show must go on
As you may know (if you don't be sure to check it out!) I host a weekly radioshow on Webmasterradio together with Roy Huiskes. That show is also called Searchcowboys. The show will continue to go on just as it does now. Same place, same time, same name. I agreed with the co-owners the show wouldn't have to change its name.

What will happen to Searchcowboys?
To be honest, that's a question I cannot answer. Though I am (was) part-owner and we discussed some options, the choice of what will happen lies with those who now get full ownership, the owners of Dutchcowboys. Without a doubt they will inform you on what will happen with the site when I'm gone.

So that's it, the news I wanted to share with you. I've had a lot of fun working on Searchcowboys and I want to thank everybody involved in the website, the owners of Dutchcowboys (Thanks Henk!), all the bloggers, the guestposters who all made great articles, and especially all the readers of Searchcowboys. It will be hard to 'let my baby go' but some steps have to be made ;).

Maybe you have some questions, I will be happy to answer them in person. If you are at SES London, please come up to me for a chat and I'm happy to answer any questions. You can always continue to follow me on my Twitter account (@basvandenbeld). There and on my personal blog I will keep you posted on what I'll be doing.

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  • I'm sad to see you go Bas, you are truly the heart & soul of SC and I'm not sure what will remain of Searchcowboys without your hard work and dedication.

    It's been a true honour to have been part of your blogging team here at SC. Unfortunately I can't be at SES London this year but I'm sure I'll get the opportunity to buy you a few beers soon enough. :)

    Best of luck in all your future endeavours!

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 14:54

  • Shame to see you leave Bas, but I'm sure you'll go on to great things!

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 15:06

  • Really a shame to see you leave, which you made into what it is now.

    But I'm also sure you'll be doing great Search related things in the near feature, in which I whish you all the best!

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 15:13

  • Like you say Bas, you are not quitting you are merely moving on. I look forward to hearing from you writing more in depth articles in the future and of course seeing you at SES :0)

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 15:18

  • You have been fabulous Bas, Searchcowboys wouldn't have been the same without you.

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 16:22

  • I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll say you've become the face of Search Cowboys! You've done great things with the site and we'll miss you on here for sure! Looking forward to reading your posts elsewhere though and following your next successes :) All the best!

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 17:03

  • Sad news indeed! That said, I wish you all the best and am looking forward to hear more about your future endeavors. Be sure to keep us updated! :)

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 18:17

  • Congrats on the promise of new opportunities, Bas! Searchcowboys was my stop for international search marketing news, and today's incarnation of the site and your work in it will surely be missed. I can't wait to see what's in store for you next!

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 20:26

  • Sorry to see you go - pleased to see you'll still be around!

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 20:41

  • Really surprised to hear the news, but looking forward to reading your indepth articles that you'll now have time for. Best of luck and hope to see you soon.

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 23:52

  • Hi Bas, sad news for the cowboys, but I wish you all the best! We will hear from you again and will all see you soon :)

    Di 2 feb 2010, 09:19

  • Thank you all for the really nice responses to my decision. I know that for some it was a surprise but I believe for me its the best step to take. Lots of new and exciting steps lie ahead of me!

    Di 2 feb 2010, 15:56

  • Hi Bas,
    Although I'm not surprised like the others, I'm still feeling sad you're leaving SC.
    It has been a pleasure blogging with you and we had a really great time at the conferences (especially our trip to New York). I'm sure we'll also working together in the future and I'm looking forward to that!

    Thanks for your great work!


    Di 2 feb 2010, 20:32

  • Jammer dat je ons team gaat verlaten. Succes in de toekomst en stay connected :)

    Wo 3 feb 2010, 11:35

  • Every door that closes, another one opens. Love your posts and will keep on following you.

    Success, Bas!

    Do 11 feb 2010, 13:36


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