Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Lens of the Day: The Soda Jerk wasn’t a Jerk!

Posted: 03 Jul 2013 05:39 AM PDT

Introducing paige-pixel

Posted: 03 Jul 2013 04:44 AM PDT

Say hello to paige-pixel, Squidoo newbie and RocketSquid but no stranger to writing, research, and photography. These skills have already come in handy as she’s been building her lens portfolio, which you’ll enjoy checking out – after you’ve read our interview.

How did you find Squidoo? After committing to making writing my focus I spent time splashing around in various pools, investigating online platforms. Squidoo has a structure I really like- offering so many different modules opens up new ways to tell your story, and gets the creative juices flowing!

You have a great bio – I’m sure most of us can relate to “never finished.” Any hot-button topics or projects you’re working on for upcoming lenses? "About me" sections are always painful to write, aren't they? I wasn't sure if that was too confessional, so it's great to get some feedback- thank you!

As for topics, I live in New Orleans where there's always something strange and interesting happening! I also do volunteer genealogical research, which means spending a lot of time prowling research stacks and cemeteries, uncovering fascinating (previously!) hidden history.

On more personal subjects, I'm a big crafter- particularly an obscure form of papercraft called 3d-origami, and will be posting patterns and instructions. I keep parrots, over which I'm obsessive, and a garden, with which I'm a bit more lackadaisical.

What can Squidoo do for you? I've been surprised by some things that I might've considered silly before starting here- that box popping with more points makes me grin every time! The site's sense of community is huge- and hugely motivating. The contests and challenges make me focus on topics I might never have considered.

Ultimately, I don't really see it as being what Squidoo can do for me, but what I can do with it- and that responsibility's on me.

Share Your Concert Stories!

Posted: 02 Jul 2013 06:09 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 8.58.04 PMI found this on Facebook: 1970's Outdoor Rock Concerts/Festivals How Did I Survive? and thought it would make a really cool lens. This guy basically documented all the concerts he attended.

How fun would it be to create a lens about your rock concert experiences?

Well I decided to go first. Here it is fresh off the presses, my own concert story, complete with photos: Duran Duran at the Richfield Coliseum 1984.

Did you have an unforgettable concert experience? Share it in a lens and post right here.

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand…Now I’m going to be singing that all night!

RocketSquids on the Fast Track to Halloween

Posted: 02 Jul 2013 02:45 PM PDT

Recently we put our RocketSquids on the fast track to all the Halloween goodness that goes on around Squidoo every year by asking them to make a lens on the topic.

As usual, we weren’t disappointed. In fact, we were quite impressed with the range of topics and quality of lenses they produced. Who knew that including a personal touch works for Halloween lenses, too? (Hint: We did!)

Here’s a short list of our RocketSquids’ “Getting Ready for Halloween” lenses, but if you’re a real Halloween fan you’ll certainly want to visit this lens for more.

How to Create a Bewitching Halloween BOOfet

1. How to Create a Bewitching Halloween BOOfet

A great Halloween party is all about delicious and eye- catching food. This is a chance for the host or hostess to get creepily creative and wow the guests. I love to read magazines like Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens in October to coll…

Halloween walking tours: like trick-or-treating for adults

2. Halloween walking tours: like trick-or-treating for adults

From ghosts to gravestones to costumes, there is a walking tour where I live that will get you in the Halloween spirit. And when the tour is on Halloween itself, it feels like trick- or- treating with a group of curious- minded cohorts. I’m in Portland, Or…

Fun Ways To Scare Trick or Treaters

3. Fun Ways To Scare Trick or Treaters

What do you do when you and your friends are too old to go out have fun trick or treating? You get to have fun in a new way, by handing out candy and scaring the trick or treaters. When I was growing up there were four of us who were all the same age who l…

Halloween for Families with Food Allergies

4. Halloween for Families with Food Allergies

Halloween is a time often associated with darkness and scaring people, but Halloween becomes a new kind of nightmare for parents of children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Can you imagine even thinking about turning your child loose to…

Crochet a Halloween Pumpkin

5. Crochet a Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is quickly approaching. Soon the leaves in the trees will have turned the color of fire (if you live in that part of the country) and a chill will be in the air. Time to pull out the orange yarn and make some holiday decorations. In this lens, I…

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We’re Opening Up Lens Transferring For One Week

Posted: 02 Jul 2013 11:54 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 12.12.57 PMWe’ve gotten several requests from lensmasters who would like to consolidate accounts so we’ve decided to open up lens transferring for one week only.

You can use this link, or go to your dashboard to transfer a lens.

Transferred lenses will still be reviewed by our filters and by hand so please be sure that all lenses of your transfered lenses meet the new Squidoo quality standards.

We’re also taking this a step further with transfers. If you attempt to transfer a thin or spammy lens it will get locked upon transferring. 95% of lenses transferred with be fine, however we want to make sure that lensmasters are not attempting to transfer niche accounts that contain thinner lenses into a Greenlighted Giant Squid account. That wouldn’t be fair to anyone.

So do take this opportunity to consoliate accounts, but remember it’s only for a week.

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