A New Beginning

Over the past year, I’ve been keeping a close eye on some of the activities of nonprofits and environmental groups on the Web as they explore ways to share their message with people online. I’ve had a chance to work with a couple of nonprofits over the past few years, and enjoyed the experience.

I’ve also had an opportunity to talk with a few people involved in working with sharing the mission and message that their nonprofit organizations stand for, and their passion is contagious.

I’ve also really enjoyed working with small businesses, as they learn how to bring their offerings to the Web. It’s very fulfilling to help people realize their dreams, and bring helpful and useful products and services to the public.

I have been working as the Director of Search Marketing for KeyRelevance, and decided a few weeks back that I wanted to explore working more with environmental groups and nonprofits and small businesses, either on my own or within a nonprofit organization, and gave my notice.

I’ll likely continue to write about search patents and papers here, but you may start noticing more posts involving nonprofits, environmental efforts, and small business.

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29 thoughts on “A New Beginning”

  1. …and Alternative Search Engines still?

    We have lots of Green and Non-profit ones (and the Alts are mostly small businesses).

    Take luck,

    Charles Knight, editor
    AltSearchEngines.com

  2. I will be watching your moves with admiration. Life is definitely too short to let real passions slip by. We could all stand to meditate on that idea a bit more than we do. I hope this shift is everything you are hoping.

  3. Hi Charles,

    You’re doing a wonderful job of writing about alternative search engines, but hopefully I’ll have some more time to write about those, too.

    Thank you.

  4. Bill,

    Congratulations! I applaud your efforts to take the path less traveled. I am sure that you will carry your passion to these efforts and provide quality as you have proven in other pursuits. I am sure that KeyRelevance will miss you.

    Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anyway I can help!

    Cheers!

  5. Congrats Bill! It sounds like you’re going to be pursuing what you love and that sounds exciting. All the best wishes and successes with your new ventures!

  6. Good luck, Bill and congratulations! It sounds exciting and I’m sure with your passion and know-how you’ll make a great and much-needed impression. I admire – and in some ways envy – you for making a choice like this!

    Let me know if I can help in any way!

    John

  7. Hi Stephen,

    Hoping that path less followed makes all the difference. :) Thanks for the offer of help.

    Thanks.

    Hi Eric,

    It’s been a long path back to where I started. I think my happiest times as a child were when my family and I were fishing together amongst the wilderness at the Jersey Shore. I’d like future generations to have the chance to experience something like that. Thanks for your well wishes.

    Hi John,

    It is exciting. I’m looking towards seeing where this path will end up taking me. Appreciate your support very much.

  8. Congratulations! Glad to see you’re moving in a direction that is important to you. I take a great deal of satisfaction from the nonprofit organizations that we are able to help.

    NTEN.org has a yearly conference (next year will be in April) – You might already be aware, but if not I bet it would be a good place for you to meet some .orgs that need your help!

    Thanks for all you do – and keep writing!

    Eric

  9. Hi Garrett,

    Thanks. I’m looking forward to them.

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you. I’m really excited by moving in this direction. I joined NTEN.org at the beginning of this year, and think they’re a great organization. I’m not sure if I’ll be attending the conference, but the proposed sessions cover a lot of ground.

  10. Good luck Bill. If you need any help – other than moving house – let me know. And keep in touch with Newark too, eh?

  11. Congratulations on such a bold move Bill.

    It’s exciting down here at the small end of town and it’s down here that you can really achieve a lot with far fewer resources and that’s really satisfying.

    Stuart

  12. Hi Alan,

    Thanks. I’ll be in touch.

    Hi Stuart,

    Thank you. I’m fond of the small end of town, myself. Your encouragement is appreciated very much.

  13. Congratulations Bill. Have followed your writings, over here in Sydney for a while now and have throroughly enjoyed them.

    We do a ton of work in the Fair Trade arena, esp in educating and growing the consumer movement so that, people wake up to the changes that are possible with Fair Trade.

    Its great to have some one of your calibre, joining the sector. We need more good people, to facilitate change.

  14. Hi Don,

    Thank you for sharing your site, and your efforts.

    I’m really encouraged by the pro bono work that you do for fair trade sites. There’s a shop a short distance from where I live which I enjoy shopping at that sells fair trade goods, and I’d love to see that movement expand.

  15. Sounds like the right move – maybe we can help each other out. I’m looking to hook bands up with non profits to promote good causes. We’ll have to brainstorm sometime soon!

  16. Hi Eric,

    That sounds like a good idea. Let’s do that sometime soon. It would be great to match up some musicians with causes that they believe in, and have them work together to make a difference.

    Hi Roger,

    Thank you very much.

  17. Sorry for the late comment, Bill, but congratulations! So exciting to hear that you’re focusing on the environment and nonprofit work. You’re right: passion is contagious! :)

  18. Hi Jonathon,

    Thank you. Your approach to draw attention to the efforts of the Nature Conservancy was one of the motivations behind my move. I owe you thanks for your leadership and inspiration.

  19. That is a really scary move, not only to make the jump but to give up what seems like a very well paid position….. One day I hope to do something similar but I have a lot to do to shift the student debt before I can even consider such a move….

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