Having been on the fortunate receiving end of Danny Sullivan’s good will, good humor, and generosity, the reaction to Danny’s announcement that he is leaving Search Engine Watch and the Search Engine Strategies conference for failure to reach a deal with Incisive Media is not the least bit suprising — the booming search industry is unswervingly loyal to Danny. What’s striking to me is not only how well earned that loyalty is, but also how rare people like Danny are. It’s rare that talent and grace are paired so well, i.e. the smartest guys aren’t always the nicest guys.
Like everyone else, I wish Danny the very best, and I look forward to seeing what he does, knowing there will be, as always, much to learn from him.