Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Getting to Know Our RocketSquids

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 09:28 AM PDT

RocketSquids is our “boot camp” university for new lensmasters who want to be on the fast track to becoming great lensmasters. Each week this great group is given a lensmaking challenge – and we like to show off some of the best lenses from those challenges here on SquidooHQ.

Last week’s assignment was to make an “about me” lens. As usual, our amazing students didn’t disappoint. (You might notice that one of these lenses just happens to be Lens of the Day today!) Below is a short list of some of our successful squids’ lenses. You can see the rest and get to know even more of our students on this page.

Benefits of Disc Golf

1. Benefits of Disc Golf

Disc Golf is a fun and healthy way to spend some time outdoors enjoying nature while playing a cool game. It’s just plain fun to throw things and watch them fly. This sport can be enjoyed by people of almost any age and is very inexpensive to play. I like…

What color is your tooth brush ?

2. What color is your tooth brush ?

I am new to Squidoo as I joined in February of 2013. I also have joined a challenge group here. This weeks challenge is to write all about me. So I choose the 20 questions format. I found a lot of websites that have different questions. I am choosing quest…

Elvis, Sinatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Austen in Mystery Novels? Oh Yeah, Baby!

3. Elvis, Sinatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Austen in Mystery Novels? Oh Yeah, Baby!

I don’t know what it is about famous people like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or Jane Austen being used as fictional characters in good mystery books, but authors like Daniel Klein, Stephani Barron, J. R. Rain and Robert Randisi have drawn me into their de…

Needlework and Family

4. Needlework and Family

Women have always incorporated needlework into their daily lives. In the past it was a matter of survival: knitting warm woolen socks for the entire family or mending a dress to last through another summer. Now we have the luxury of sewing, knitting, and c…

Home is where my books are

5. Home is where my books are

I am one of those people. I am sure you have seen them at cafes, in parks, on trains and other public transportation systems. You know, those people who have their noses permanently glued to the pages of a book, and will read anywhere. I have seen people l…

Are you a new-ish lensmaster with fewer than 25 lenses? If you’d like to join our RocketSquids on that fast track to lensmaking greatness, apply for RocketSquids University here. We’d love to have you!

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Opportunity Is Knocking: Answer The Door

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 06:46 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 9.10.38 AMNow is the time to build. I know that a lot of people are fearful about the changes on the Internet and with the search engines but the best way to overcome that fear is to dive in and forge your way down a new path.

Nothing stays the same forever. Cars get remodeled, we no long use cassette tapes, phones get a makeover every few months…innovation is everywhere.

Squidoo is no different. This past year we’ve done an enormous amount of work to improve your experience. We’ve made the site responsive, updated modules, created new themes, started Squidoo Clubs, introduced a new home page, launched IMMINENT! for the Giant Squids and have a team of committed people working behind the scenes to make your Squidoo journey even better. We’re committed to bringing you a top notch user experience and (as always) it’s for free.

The exciting part for lensmasters is that they can create their own opportunity by getting creative.

Here’s some ideas to get you started.

-Be a Summer movie reviewer. Share the best (and the worst) films in a series of lenses.
-Document a home remodel project. Show (step-by-step) how you created a new patio or kitchen remodel.
-Upcycle something!
-Share your experience with the new phone you just bought.
-Get adventurous by taking your readers on a tour of a local attraction.
-Share your homemade smoothie recipes.
-Invent a new style of recommendation lens.
-Make something that people will want to share.

There is endless opportunity on Squidoo, you just have to listen for the knock and answer the door!

Got a positive story or innovative lens that you want to share with us today? Post it in the comments section below.

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Editor for the Day: Tvyps – David Bowie in Space

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 05:26 AM PDT

tvypsToday’s Editor for the Day, Tvyps, has chosen one of my all-time favorite topics on Squidoo, David Bowie in Space.

Here’s why:

On May 12, 2013, Commander Chris Hadfield commemorated his last day on the International Space Station by performing his version of Space Oddity, by David Bowie. The video is on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

To commemorate this video and his turning over of command, I have chosen David Bowie and Space Oddities as the topic of this highlight of the day.

Some of the lenses are specifically about David Bowie and some are about odd space things.

Don’t get spaced out but enjoy your look into the sky! ~Tvyps

 

David Bowie: The Glam Rock Years

1. David Bowie: The Glam Rock Years

When David Bowie dyed his hair orange and donned a revealing bodystocking, many commentators accused him of compromising rock music with showbiz, while manipulating the process of image and stardom. No doubt. This was Bowie the actor, starring as Ziggy Sta…

2013 Outer Space Themed Bedrooms Glow in the Dark

2. 2013 Outer Space Themed Bedrooms Glow in the Dark

Design your own Outer Space Themed Bedroom for boys, girls or family theater room. Create a educational and scientific atmosphere for the space- age kids fun room to play in a galactic. explosion of lights that create the moon, stars, planets, and rainbows…

Play With the Mars Curiosity Rover on Your iPad/iPhone

3. Play With the Mars Curiosity Rover on Your iPad/iPhone

Last night, while liveblogging the ENTIRE Mars Curiosity Rover Landing, I bookmarked NASA’s free Spacecraft 3D app mentioned during the JPL broadcast. I’ve now tested the app out, and it’s a magic trick that every teacher and student in the country with ac…

Outer Space Themed Bedroom Decor Ideas

4. Outer Space Themed Bedroom Decor Ideas

Looking for some cool outer space themed bedroom decor ideas for yourself or the sci- fi fan in your life? Whether you’re looking for glow in the dark decor, starry lights or planetary art work, look no further. I’ve collected all the best outer space them…

Aliens & UFO's? The TRUTH on Area 51- Roswell And UFO Sightings

5. Aliens & UFO’s? The TRUTH on Area 51- Roswell And UFO Sightings

Are Aliens real? A Closer Look at Area 51 and the stories of Roswell! Do you believe in UFO’s and aliens from deep space? Are aliens real? Read on learn the answers and voice your opinion. There is till buzz over area 51. Area 51 is an isolated zone of lan…

The Next Day by David Bowie

6. The Next Day by David Bowie

Yesterday (Jan 8 2013), on his 66th birthday, David Bowie came back after a break of 10 years with a fascinating melancholic song – no matter that it brought tears to my eyes, i was also very happy to hear something new from my all- time- favorite musician…

Hubble Images: Posters and Wallpapers from the Hubble Telescope

7. Hubble Images: Posters and Wallpapers from the Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope has been in operation for over 20 years. It has circled the globe over 100,000 times. It has made over 1 million observations and taken over 600,000 Hubble images. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sort through 600,000 images or t…

The Original War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast

8. The Original War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast

The War of the Worlds was an episode of a public radio series called Mercury Theatre. The book from which the story was taken was written by H. G. Wells and adapted for radio by Howard Koch and Anne Froelich, with input from Orson Welles. The radio show wa…

Astrophotography - choosing a camera

9. Astrophotography – choosing a camera

‘Which type of camera is the best camera for Astrophotography? ‘ This will doubtless be one of your first questions. Which camera you should buy for moving from astronomy to astrophotography is as important as the purchase of your telescope. The right came…

Block Buster! British Glam Rock of the 70s

10. Block Buster! British Glam Rock of the 70s

At the beginning of the 1970s, my husband was in his early teens, an excellent age to appreciate a new phenomenon about to hit the British airwaves: Glam Rock. At the time Glam Rock was a joke. Those with Sweet records were laughed at by friends who were f…

Thank you for collecting and sharing these awesome far-out lenses Tvyps!  I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did.
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Lens of the Day: Living the Gluten Free Good Life

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 05:07 AM PDT

Q & A: The Depth of Personal

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 01:47 PM PDT

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Yesterday Susan created a post called: The Perfect Product Recommendation Lens? We'll Show You One, Then You Decide and I just spent the morning reading over every single comment on that article and all I’ve got to say is WOW! The comments are personal and passionate and show that you care immensely about Squidoo so I wanted to elaborate more on the depth of personal.

What does personal mean?

When you create a personal review or recommendation lens you should evoke a range good emotions…joy, curiosity, wonder, excitement, amusement and interest are just a few emotions that I can think of, there are many more. A personal lens leaves a reader feeling connected. It’s kind of like the feeling you get after reading a great book or seeing an outstanding movie. You want to share your experience, tell a friend and talk about it.

Personal also means that that you’ve made a human connection with your reader. This doesn’t mean that your lens will connect with everyone, it’s not supposed to. Don’t write for the entire web. Write for the people who will appreciate, share and be delighted by your personal reviews or recommendations.

If  you can’t achieve this level of connection writing about mail box covers or garbage bags leave it to someone who can. There’s bound to be a few people out there who can pull off a completely creative and personal lens about garbage bags. We never say never! But the general rule of thumb should be to stick to the products you know and own (more on this in a minute).

Do I have to mention my Aunt Bertha?

No. Although if you’ve got an Aunt Bertha that adds to your storytelling have at it. What we don’t want people doing is creating product lenses and arbitrarily mentioning that Aunt Bertha loves the the spatula from your kitchen. Most readers are smart enough to see beyond this tactic. Being genuine counts too.

Do I have own the product that I’m writing about?

This is a tough one to answer but we’re leaning towards yes…let me explain. Take a look around your house. Most people probably own a minimum of 100 products that can be found on Amazon. So why NOT write about the things you own and love? For example, I’ve got this black desk phone sitting right next to me and I created a lens about it in under 1 hour. I didn’t reveal too much information or give personal details about my life. This is a simple fun review of a phone I love. You can also write about products that you want or share related products on your lens. For example if the phone I wrote about came in pink I would certainly have added that to my lens.

What is a shopping cart lens and why is it so impersonal?

A shopping cart lens is when you take products like can openers  or towels or iPhone cases and create a mile of affilate links. There are usually pretty sterile. Now the argument has been that these are useful lenses because the products are hand picked and niche. The problem is that there’s a very fine, fine line between quality and over-promotion when it comes to these types of lenses. So the guideline is: If you create a lens about can openers make sure that it’s got an element of storytelling or personal recommendation or a completely creative spin. We’re holding these lenses up to a pretty high standard. If you’re going to create a lens about an ordinary product make sure it’s extraordinary.

What’s a cookie cutter lens?

I literally cringe when I see an account with 25 lenses with the same format, same style and same affilate ads because I know they can be so much more. Cookie cutter lenses follow the exact same format and are pretty easy to spot when you look at an entire account. Cookie cutter lenses are also a TOS violation and could get your account locked. But you know what? It’s easy NOT to make this type of lens.

What can I do?

There’s an easy answer here. We’re simply asking lensmasters to be a creative, tell stories, have a personal element, use a unique spin and be human on every single lens that’s created.

You’re not alone in this.

Robin, Susan, Tom and I are here every day writing tips, showcasing and rewarding lenses that make use smile. We’ve also got a great forum. Support each other there, give constructive criticism and help each other create better lenses. SquidLike and share lenses that YOU love.

Make it personal!

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