Thank You 2011. Let’s Get It On 2012!

by Jason Acidre on January 1, 2012 · 38 comments · Offbeat


There are so many reasons for me to be thankful about the year that has just ended, may it be in terms of my career as an SEO and as an individual that’s part of a struggling society.

This is just a short post that I’ve planned to write a few weeks back, to thank everyone who I’ve met and to everyone who has been a part of my adventure this past year.

God and the Universe

For making me this way, with the way I think, the way I see things, and the way I act on things.

I’m also grateful for giving me the opportunity (as well as the ability), not just to help people that surround me, but also those that are unreachable to me (thank you for giving us the Internet).

Image Credit: Ibeto

Family

I feel very fortunate to have a very supportive family that inspires me all the time. To my dad, my mom, my sisters (Jane and Angel), my 3 older brothers (Jade, Jeno and John), my gorgeous girlfriend (Jah), and to my son, Seth, thank you for making me stronger and for giving meaning to every second of my life.

My Mentor

Simon Slade, for teaching me a lot of things indirectly and for making me discover a new world that’s really worth exploring. The opportunity of working with you and Doubledot Media was gold and I will be forever thankful for choosing to be a part of that team.

My Other Mentors

Not because you’ve paid me, but for allowing me to learn more things that are beyond my capacity, and for teaching me things that I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to learn in any school. Thank you Sean Si, Rav Sandhu, Miguel Salcido, Russ, Tony, Fergus Clawson, James, and Andrew.

Influencers

To the people that I really look up to in this industry – Rand, Garrett, Wil and Ross – thank you for encouraging me to be a better whitehat.

Industry Friends

For making my Twitter and email interaction more spectacular this 2011 and for taking the time to share things I didn’t know. Thank you Zarko Zivkovic, Kristi Hines, Ana Hoffman, John Doherty, Ryan Clark, Don Rhoades, Sujan PatelWayne Barker, Moosa Hemani, Oli Gardner, Tad Chef, Dan Cristo, Himanshu Sharma, Hugo Guzman, Sean, Gary Lawood, Udegbunam Chukwudi, Ani Lopez, Chris Warren, Kris RoadruckBenoit Arsenault, Jon Cooper, Justin Briggs, Bill Slawski, Cyrus Shepard, Julie Joyce and Michael King.

Xight Interactive

I’m definitely grateful to be surrounded by highly talented people this 2012. Engaging in a new and more challenging battle with these guys is extremely exciting – JP Prieto, Bev Lopez, Jahn Abrena, Allan Oguis, Nikko Marasigan, AJ Aviado, Vincent Sevilla, Henessy Luna, Adie Sotelo, Benjie Ortiz, Kyle Kam, Johann, Elston Marcelo, Peter De Jesus, Rayjand, John Paul, JR and our remote copywriters.

My Awesome Readers

To my subscribers who patiently wait for my blog’s slow updates, thank you! I’m receiving a lot of spam comments/trackbacks these past few months, and I sincerely apologize if I don’t get to approve and respond to your comments immediately. But I do hope that you’ll still be here, reading and making use of what I will be sharing this year.

Mat Bennett of Brit-net.com

Hyderali Shaikh

 

Ben Jackson of SEODiscovery.org

Neil Corman

5 minutes for mom

Armon Gatus

Nikko Marasigan

Ashwin Satyanarayana

Unfortunately, I lost the older tweets with the hashtag #Kaiserthesage (the stream died a few days ago, and I wasn’t able to take screenshots of them because of the holidays) :( I apologize to the others who have tweeted, please contact me with your Twitter username so I can include you on this post.

Special Mentions: Ferdous Haider, Radomir Basta, Robert Antwi, Alessio Madeyski, Mark of TheBitBot, Brendan Cournoyer, Joshua Dorkin, Eugene Farber, Jamesthejust, Tho Huynh, Ivan Dimitrijevic, Mike Pedersen, Inayet Hadi and Grantly Lynch.

SEO Organization Philippines

For allowing me to share my perceptions about the industry as well as for sharing yours, thank you – Benj Arriola, Zaldy Dalisay, Mark Acsay, Juanito Jacela, Jayson Bagio, Kim Tyronne Agapito, Kristel Cuenta, Neil Maranan, Ed Pudol, Brian Cinco, Jan Alvin Dimla, Lloyd Herrera, and Carlo Carolino (the one who invited me to the org).

Also to all the awesome ORG members and SEO practitioners who’re really kind to me on Facebook: Armon Gatus, Sheena Tan, Tristan Sinkala, Mark Solano, Vic Limbo, Paul Tibayan, Gary Lacanilao, Eli Tapiador, Renan Reora, Whin Clores, Jan Daryll Quinto, Ronnie Avelino, Eduardo Joven, Arwin Adriano, AJ Viloria, Jhie Fargo, Joel Baluyot, Jomi Dasmarinas, Victorino Abrugar, Louie Sison, Cauis Yaj Aseb (not sure if that’s his real name though), John Philip Mamaril, Ronald Amoranto, Joseph Emmanuel, Mocks Wun, Victor Ocampo and Manuel Cadaing.

Drinking/Business Buddies

For giving me out of the box ideas! Luigi Domingo, Aspen Sanez, Jack Rivera, Rod Tolentino, Luch Zanirato, Joey Herrera, Kenneth Sytian, Static & Kat, Decept boys, Julius Castillo (my tattoo artist), Jah’s friends, and to everyone who have shared table and drinks with me (you know who you are) thank you!

Lecter and Godric

To my two weapon of mass destruction, I wouldn’t make it this far without you two babies. Thank you for keeping me entertained and for making me more agile (both are designed for gaming, but I mostly use them for SEO, cool eh?).

Myself

For being brave enough to take on almost every challenge that you have come to face with and for trying harder to prevail over them, thank you.

Goals for 2012

I only have a few on my bucket list, but I’m absolutely serious about fulfilling them this year.

  • Launch an Ecommerce site (already started with its initial stages).
  • Form a project band.
  • Do a slam dunk (I’m 5’10 and this guy is a bit smaller than me, damn).
  • More experiments and explosive posts this year.
  • F*cking improve in public speaking.
  • Grow our company 3x bigger in the next 6 months.
  • Help more people by sharing more knowledge, creating more job opportunities and by helping out local businesses here.
  • Change how the world sees the Philippines, especially in this industry.
  • Be a better man for my family.

Want to be a part of my adventure this year? Subscribe to my feed and follow me on Twitter @jasonacidre.

Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive, marketing consultant for Affilorama and Traffic Travis, and also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre and on Google+.

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