The Bruce Clay blog has had one of its most shocking blog posts in awhile -- The Lisa is moving on. Lisa has decided to move back to the east coast (she's from Long Island and she went to school in Boston!)
Since Lisa is like my favorite SEM blogger ever, I know I'm going to miss her Bruce Clay contributions to the SEM community. As Rhea Drysdale says on Sphinn, "Bruce Clay blog without The Lisa? That's like peanut butter without the jelly!" Similar sentiment is echoed on the blog post's comments, where Melanie Nathan says "This blog will *not* be the same without you."
Eric Lander describes the type of blogger Lisa has been on the Bruce Clay blog:
For as long as I can remember, Lisa, you've defined search industry blogging.
While other exceptional writers are in our space you have always written with a flow and style that no one else could touch. Your writing was the perfect way to infuse life to what I'd say is a pretty plain site design. That's not a knock either... Bruce Clay's blog remains one of the few that I refuse to read via RSS.
I'll miss your honesty and values the most. Search writers often try too hard to please the masses, kiss up to the personalities or just write what's safe for others to regurgitate. You've never seemed to be afraid to take an unfavorable stance and back it up with legitimate points
Matt Cutts also bodes his farewell:
Hey Lisa, you've been an honest, authentic voice in the search world and I have an enormous amount of respect for you. Trust and credibility can be hard to come by on the net; it has to be earned over time. I'm not sure you realize just how much cred you have with so many people in the search community. All that and a great/entertaining writer to boot--that can be even harder to pull off, but you do it with style.
Well, at least the East Coast gets her now. In fact, I think Search Engine Roundtable would love to steal Lisa for some conference liveblogging. Are you up for that, Lisa?! :)
Best of luck, Lisa!
Forum discussion continues at Sphinn.