To Everything There Is a Season


And a time to every purpose. Whether you prefer the verse from Ecclesiastes, or the song by the Byrds, the message is the same – everything must come to an end. And sadly, my time with Outspoken Media has come to an end.

When I joined Outspoken Media 15 months ago, I was hoping for a new adventure and a challenge, and that’s exactly what I got. Every day has been exciting and different, and an opportunity to learn something new. I’m not even sure I could summarize everything I’ve learned from these ladies – from SEO and social media, to link building and content creation, to public speaking – my skills and my experience have been expanded in every way imaginable.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great clients, who have covered every facet of the web from the small, local business to national content providers. Every site and campaign I’ve had the pleasure of working on has brought me new perspectives on the art of internet marketing.

I’ve put more time and more energy into my work at Outspoken Media than I have for anything else previous, and I’m extremely proud of my role in helping them becoming the company they are today. However, I feel it is time for me to move on. Lisa and Rhea are two strong, determined women, and I look forward to seeing where they take Outspoken Media in the future. I wish them all the best.

You’ll still find me around teh internets, particularly Twitter, and I hope to start blogging a bit more on my personal site (we’ll see if that actually happens). And I may stop by to argue with Lisa in the comments of the blog from time to time, just cuz I know how much she likes that. :) So for now, farewell.

Your Comments

  • Lisa Barone


    I’ve put more time and more energy into my work at Outspoken Media than I have for anything else previous, and I’m extremely proud of my role in helping them becoming the company they are today

    A huge understatement. Dawn, thank you so much for everything you put into Outspoken. You were often the woman behind the scenes and our go-to girl whenever we needed another pair of hands on deck. We love you, the clients love you, and part of me wants to tie you down and keep you forever. But, if anyone knows that pang you get when you know it’s time to move on, it’s me and Rhea. We wish you nothing but the best in your next move. You’re a rock star and you’ll always be an important part of Outspoken’s family and history. Thank you for everything you put in and I look forward to fighting with you on the blog soon. Don’t be a stranger. :)

  • Rhea Drysdale

    It’s been a pleasure working with you and I’m sad to see you go. It was a busy year and we could not have grown the way we did without your hard work and willingness to get the job done no matter what it took. We’re parting as friends and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings you, but look forward to seeing each other again soon. Like Lisa, love you and will miss having someone to laugh with about my horribly misguided perception of Canada. :)

  • Rob Woods

    Good Luck Dawn. Stay in touch! I made a similar decision recently after being with BuildDirect for 10 years. It’s always both exciting and a little sad to leave one company and move to another.

  • TrafficColeman

    Dawn..outspoken is one of those great sites out there that you must follow…this past year has been an joy reading the content here..I know 2011 will be even better.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Dr. Pete

    Best of luck in your next venture, Dawn. Keep us all posted.

  • Monica Wright

    Dawn, you are going to rock it. I am lucky to have gotten to know you during your tenure here, and am excited to hear about your next adventures. Good luck and keep us all posted!
    (Wait a sec, does that mean my honorary photo on Outspoken gets taken down? Damn it!)

  • Kevin Doory

    Congrats Dawn. No doubt it’s bittersweet to leave something you have worked hard to grow. 2011 will be full of bright new challenges, can’t wait to see what you will achieve. Keep us all posted.

  • Maranda Gibson

    Good luck Dawn! You’ll (obviously) be missed by many.

  • Alan Bleiweiss

    Dawn, whatever you do, wherever you go, you’ll be an asset to the people you work with. Glad we got to connect online and look forward to following your ongoing life adventure!

  • Jim Rudnick

    ummm….okay, more changes at OSM….but I still wonder exactly “what” happened to end this major alliance of SEO minds….first Sugar and now Dawn….

    but Dawn….as you’re just up #6 from me like 25 kms away, if you’ve ever down Waterdown way, tweet me and we can meet for coffee….always nice to get to know local SEO practitioners, eh!



    • Lisa Barone

      Yep, definitely some changes afoot, both in company direction and some personnel. I imagine it’s, in a lot of ways, inevitable for a small, quickly-growing company. Dawn and Rae will always be part of Outspoken’s legacy, and because of that, you’re not going to find any gossip here. Rhea has a post coming out later today that may answer some questions for you.

    • Dawn Wentzell

      Waterdown… I still can’t figure out where that is other than near-ish Ikea ;)

      We should definitely meet up sometime. Are you planning to attend SMX or SES Toronto?

  • Joe Hall

    Dawn, are you open for freelance now????

  • Jim Rudnick

    @Lisa…thanks. ain’t looking for ‘gossip’ tho…just wondering what kind of issues – specifically if they were client-based ones – might have made this split occur…

    @dawn….will most likely go to both….you speaking at either? and Ikea is like in Burlington or “down” the mountain…while Waterdown is “up” the mountain above same….



  • Bill

    Good luck in your new venture. Anyone who keeps on learning and growing eventually gets where they want to go.

  • Jenn@t1 service

    Dawn, we’ll miss you! I always enjoyed your blog posts!