#SEOChat Opens Up On Depression Within The Search Industry

Jul 27, 2018 • 7:17 am | comments (8) by | Filed Under SEO & SEM Forum News


This article was written by industry friend Jenny Halasz @jennyhalasz who we have cited here numerous times. She wanted to publish something on an important topic and here it is.

#SEOChat is a fixture in the search community on Twitter, tackling lots of tactical SEO questions. But there's never been a discussion going on quite like the one taking place now. The overall theme of this discussion is around depression and anxiety within our industry.

This was the lead-in:

The industry suffered a significant blow this week, as Jordan Kasteler succumbed to a long battle with depression and it prompted many conversations about how we deal (or don’t deal) with depression in our industry.

While the participants of SEOChat were mixed on whether they think SEOs are more likely to be depressed or not, everyone agreed that working from home (which many of us do) has a lot of benefits but also a lot of risks.

Some of the suggestions the participants made are worth sharing again:

The general thread agreed - exercise, routine, and making time for outside interests and social interactions is very important if you work from home.

SEOChat this week was pretty deep and will likely return to regularly scheduled tactical discussions next week. But as Bill Slawski said, "we never quite know what others are going through."

Be aware of your fellow industry professional. Talk to each other. Share the good and the bad, and let's keep talking about how we can make life in the search industry even better.

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