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Congrats to Rand on winning the most giving search blogger. Sharing the way you do is unprecedented in our industry. Thank you for all of us.
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from Sebastian 2538 Days ago #
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Congrats to Barry, Danny & Rand - the outcome was darn close ...

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from dannysullivan 2538 Days ago #
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Congrats, Rand!

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from LarsBachmann 2538 Days ago #
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Thats the way to go... Congrats.

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from pratt 2538 Days ago #
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I mean this with no disrespect for Rand or Danny (I think they are both extremely giving bloggers, and the industry is better because of them). However, I really thought Barry would win this award. No one is on top of things the way he is, and no one provides us with more coverage.This award to me is like the MVP on your favorite sports team. Which person couldn’t the team win without? If we didn’t have Barry, how would we know what the hell was going on?

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from 0thelisa 2538 Days ago #
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@pratt Totally agreed. I was somewhat surprised this morning when Loren revealed the results. No disrespect to Rand or anyone else, there are plenty of people who give a lot to this industry, but Barry is our light. Without him we’d be lost. I think a lot of bloggers could go away for a week and no one would really notice, however, a day without Barry you’d feel immediately.Thanks for everything you do, Barry! It hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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from tamar 2538 Days ago #
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I’d have to agree with Taylor here.  I read Rand and I read Danny.  A lot.  And Rand and Danny post every so often and give a tremendous amount of value to the community when they do.  But let’s take a step back for a minute.  Who posts numerous blog posts on two main industry blogs every day without fail about anything and everything in the industry?  Even the minor details that mean nothing to 75% of the world is still posted -- because there’s a percentage of people who benefit from that kind of information.  I certainly can’t take the credit for that.  Barry tells me what to write 99% of the time.  And remember, Barry does this every day on two blogs (or three, if you consider that he posts his daily finds on Cartoon Barry).Rand and Danny are excellent and insightful search bloggers.  In my opinion, Barry is the most giving.  Perhaps, for next year, we can see different categories: most insightful search blogger and most giving search blogger.  My votes have already been cast. :)

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from DJLitten 2538 Days ago #
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I agree with pratt and Lisa.  Barry should have won.

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from storyspinner 2538 Days ago #
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Barry or Bill Slawski Bill Slawski is always giving - take a look at his participation on Cre8asite forums.  If you have a question about something, Bill ALWAYS takes time out to answer, or call and never expects anything in return.Bill has given so much in the way of knowledge to this community that its very hard to phathom what this industry would be without him.  Where would techcrunch get it’s content to steal about pattens without Bill?  Where would startups be with out a little advice from Bill.The man just has a heart of gold.  Yes, I’m a little biased, he’s my coworker, but I thought this long before he and I ever worked together.  If one day Bill decided to start charging for his information - we’d all be in the poor house.

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from adamap 2538 Days ago #
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/agrees with the ’Barry’ contigent.

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from Sebastian 2538 Days ago #
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I think the "most giving" category was badly described. Most probably most of the folks weren’t aware what Loren meant with "most giving", and AFAIK he provided the full blown explanation not before todays post announcing the winner. Perhaps this year he adds "hardest working to update the community on all details of search 24/7 SEO blogger who never sleeps" (Barry), "most savvy SEO blogger who shares all his research" (Bill) ... categories? With that different angles, how could a contest be fair?

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from seofactor 2538 Days ago #
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Wow. I don’t mean to be a jerk, but the guy won fair and square. I don’t know how many of you voted, but there seems to be a lot of "should have" talk. What should have happened, did happen.Part of the game we play as SEO bloggers is perception. Though you, personally, may feel that someone should have won, simply doesn’t make it true. It was a vote-tallied contest, and the winner was the one that provided the highest perception as the Most Giving Search Blogger. I agree, I love Barry and Danny both, but Rand won. This is coming from a guy in Florida, so I don’t wanna hear any talk about re-counts.I congratulate you, Rand. Good job.

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from Burgo 2538 Days ago #
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Not to forget Aaron... pretty high up there as well in the percentages. Congrats to all involved.

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from seofactor 2538 Days ago #
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@Sebastian,Perhaps this year he adds "hardest working to update the community on all details of search 24/7 SEO blogger who never sleeps" (Barry), "most savvy SEO blogger who shares all his research" (Bill)Awesome.

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from HawaiiSEO 2538 Days ago #
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I guess it somewhat depends on how you define "Giving". Everyone mentioned is very giving but they all give us something different. I assume that people voted differently based on personal need.

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from cre8pc 2538 Days ago #
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Many people who "give" weren’t even nominated.  The problem isn’t with the winner, who is one of the "giving" ones, of himself, his company stats, his time, etc.  Is the category about who makes the most sacrifices?  How do we answer that?  Some people never talk about what they sacrifce for their blogs.  Is the category about how many years of "giving", or the quality, quantify of their giving?  Is the criteria "Who would we miss the most?"  We’d miss everyone on that list and many whose names never got there.  It was impossible to pick just one name from a long list like that without even understanding the criteria for the "Giving".

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from handsomerob 2538 Days ago #
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I think a lot of this is in poor taste, especially some remarks above from one notably biased commenter. Just my $0.02. Congrats to Rand, and a big thank you to Barry, Danny, Aaron and all the other bloggers (nominated or not) who fill up the first 2 hours of my day with industry goodness!

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from seowoman 2538 Days ago #
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Regardless of how awesome Barry is -- and yes, he is awesome -- I have to agree with handsomerob and seofactor. The votes were tallied, and Barry did not win. Tearing down Rand’s victory after the fact is in poor taste.Also, it’s a bit insulting to theorize that voters didn’t understand the question. The results didn’t turn out the way you expected, but that doesn’t mean Rand’s voters were a bunch of clueless sheep.

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from randfish 2538 Days ago #
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Thanks Barry, and thanks to everyone. I share the opinion that I probably don’t deserve this award as much as some others and I’d agree that the question’s structure makes it a bit tough to interpret.Besides that - with any reasonable margin of error (say +/- 5%), it should have been a dead heat with Danny & Barry. Personally, however, I think Aaron Wall should have taken it - he had my vote.

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from rustybrick 2538 Days ago #
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Rand, you do deserve it.  The information and detail in that information you have given the community has never been given by any other SEO ever.<div></div><div>Although I may have given more in quantity and time - you have given what no one has ever given before.</div><div></div><div>So you deserve and should take the award with pride.</div><div></div><div>Barry</div>

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from johnandrews 2538 Days ago #
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Rusty, Rand, please... get a room. As for the rest, get off these guys cases and get onto Loren baker’s case for the award criteria, judging process, etc. If the award is meaningful i.e. "for the industry" then you the people should be sending your comments over there so they can make it better/the best for next time.

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from tamar 2537 Days ago #
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Chill, guys. My point wasn’t to say that Barry should have definitely gotten the award and Rand should not have. My point was to say that next time, there should be different kinds of awards to address the misconceptions that this specific award created. As Kim and Dave said, "giving" can be construed as many different things, and I was of the opinion that giving was on a regular time basis versus sacrificial informational basis. Then again, other people interpreted it differently. Obviously, there are blurry lines here. It’s all a matter of opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own. Truthfully, I was also addressing the shock I got in receiving a percentage of the votes too. It’s nice, but I can’t say I’d deserve it.

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from billslawski 2537 Days ago #
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I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me in this category, but I’m not really looking for any kudos for reaching out to help others, rather instead paying off a debt to so many others whom I learned from, or received opportunities from.I do think that the folks who were nominated have worked hard to reach out to others, and help search become a stronger industry.  There are many others unnominated, who run or moderate forums, who spend time blogging that could be spent doing many other things, who speak at conferences without pay or recompense for airfare or hotel costs, who share ideas and opportunites and news often without pay, who often act selflessly rather than selfishly.  Those folks deserve our thanks.  

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from squishee 2537 Days ago #
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Kim, I’d have to argue that the voters had to choose who to vote for based on the nominations that were given. Sure, I bet that there are loads of marketers out there who sacrifice much more than any of the nominees, but the point of SEJ’s awards was to try and give kudos to the people who are visible in our industry via blogging, conferences, etc. I do agree that the category wasn’t ideally explained, so the people who voted had to cast their votes based upon their definition, and they awarded their vote to the person who best fit their definition of "giving."

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from MattMcGee 2537 Days ago #
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Rand - congrats! Very well deserved, as it would’ve been had Barry, Danny, etc., won. But I’m always happy to see Seattle representin’! :)

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from annie7 2537 Days ago #
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The best thing that Rand gives is the atmosphere of the community he has built. That is more than a network, that’s a family, therefore I believe he deserves the victory. I love Barry’s and Danny’s blogs and the precious info I read daily due to them. But I come to SEOMoz and feel at home. And that’s Rand’s great achievement - you can’t find the community like this anywhere else.

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from AbleReach 2537 Days ago #
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Maybe next year the "most giving" category can be split into a few sub categories.Most supportive of beginnersBest brainstormerMost sharing of researchBest resource person

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from cre8pc 2535 Days ago #
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To be brutally honest, I cringed when I saw that category. It was unanswerable for me because everyone on the list is a "giver" and those who "give" in ways not considered to be valuable, such as forums owners, moderators, organization and events organizers, live bloggers (unpaid volunteer ones), weren’t even nominated.The term was too broad and hurtful to those who really do give in huge ways, day in and day out, year after year.  So many folks came to my mind that didn’t make that list and I felt really bad.  In case someone yells at me for commenting here, I did leave my comments at SEJ for Loren.

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from tamar 2535 Days ago #
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Kim, you’re totally right.  I felt the same way.  I said to myself, "How in the world can I answer this?"  Trust me, it wasn’t easy.  It still isn’t an easy one to answer.  I think that all the candidates have something unique to bring to the table and they all deserve awards (myself excluded). ;)

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