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[added]With his knowledge, if he spent half the time he has on WebmasterWorld, for himself, he would have added a million to his bank account. We owe a million to Ted.
[edited by: McMohan at 5:47 am (utc) on Feb. 16, 2008]
I met Brett through participating on another forum in the '90s. Brett mentioned starting a forum of his own, to try out some of his own ideas about what makes a forum good - ideas he'd formed through running various BBS systems and so on since the early '80s.
I was happy to become a member, since Brett clearly knew lots about getting traffic, setting up a server, etc. His new forum was housed on searchengineworld.com at that time - and I can still remember the excitement when he landed the matching name webmasterworld.com to dedicate to the new forum.
My becoming a moderator was a slower process. Brett asked me over and over, and I kept saying "no" because I was concerned about the time commitment - especially knowing the way I throw myself into everything I do in life.
I don't say "yes" lightly. I know that when I commit to anything in life, I always get intense - you might even say obsessive! Time management has therefore been a necessary and life-long focus for me, in order to make sure I handle all the necessities. In fact, my pattern of hesitating on any commitment may be one reason I've never been married, to answer an earlier question in this thread.
And then the original moderator for the Google Search forum here needed to move on - that was ciml, to whom we all owe a lot for his pioneering work. The Google Search forum was extremely active and clearly needed more moderator help, so I decided to volunteer. And I'm glad I did - it's a real pleasure.
Almost every site I consult for has some foundation issue or other that can make a significant improvement in ranking when fixed
Thanks again for all the help Ted !
[edited by: walrus at 9:18 pm (utc) on Feb. 18, 2008]
I always look forward to getting those basics nailed down so we can move on to more creative work.