Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Lens of the Day: Maximize Your Swimming Pool Fun

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 05:20 AM PDT

Hello August!

Posted: 01 Aug 2013 05:18 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 8.20.30 AMWelcome August! August is the month of transitions. We start with the final, hot, dog days of summer and end the month with the sun setting noticeably sooner and just a hint of fall in the air.

While store shelves are full of brightly-colored backpacks and binders today, a month from now those items will be history, replaced with everything Halloween orange and black, from candy to costumes. If any month of the year reminds us to think ahead when it comes to planning and creating lenses, it’s August. Are you ready?

When you’re finished shopping for (and writing about) back to school, there still should be plenty of fun days left to enjoy (or to inspire a lens) in August. Let’s start with birthdays.
Herman Melville and Francis Scott Key were born on the 1st.
Alex Haley and Hulk Hogan share the 11th.
Celebrate Davy Crockett’s on the 17th or Gandhi’s on the 20th. How about a biography or tribute lens?

Pick a day in August to celebrate then make a lens about Family Fun Month, Peach Month, or Romance Awareness Month. The possibilities are limitless!

Plan a party (don’t forget the camera) to celebrate one of August’s unique, even wacky holidays:
The 6th is Wiggle Your Toes Day.
Share a favorite craft project on Sewing Machine Day, the 12th.
Get ‘em laughing with National Tell a Joke Day on the 16th.
The 18th is Bad Poetry Day. Get creative with this one!
Make a volcano with the kids on the 24th to commemorate the Mount Vesuvius eruption that buried Pompei.
National Dog Day is the 26th. Do something special for Fido!
Here’s a good one. More Herbs, Less Salt Day on the 29th. Can’t wait to read the lenses that come from that suggestion!

Feeling inspired? Set aside an hour or so to think about, write down, and make a plan to reach your Squidoo goals for the month. Remember to include lens maintenance – are all of yours, especially seasonal lenses, up to date? A monthly road map is an important part of planning and well worth the time to create. Remember, if you don’t know where you’re headed, you probably won’t get there!

Want to share a goal or tell us what’s on your August lensmaking list? Inspire us in a comment below.


Amazon Link Limit Details

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 04:23 PM PDT

Last Friday we announced a new Amazon link limit. You can read about it here.

Today the change is being rolled out, and we’d like to address a few questions that you might have.

Q: How many Amazon links will my lenses be allowed to have?

A: 20 Amazon links.

Q: Does this include custom tracking codes and/or sidebar widgets?

A: Both custom tracking codes and sidebar widgets are included in the limit.

Q: What about existing lenses that have more than 20 links?

A: Links that exceed the 20 Amazon link limit will be hidden. In some cases, due to the conservative way our filtering system works, there could be slightly more than 20 links visible. The Score Card, however, will always encourage a strict limit of 20 Amazon links in order to meet the “Good Amazon link usage” goal.

Q: What do you mean by “hide” modules.

A: Once the limit has been reached, any additional official Squidoo Amazon modules will be entirely removed from the published version of the lens. Any additional links in other modules (e.g. the Text module) will be modified so that the “href” part of the <a> tag is removed. The content inside of the link will remain visible.

Q: What about new lenses?

A: New lenses with more than 20 links to Amazon will not be allowed to publish.

Q: How will I know if my lens has too many Amazon links?

A: A yellow Dashboard icon will indicate which lenses have too many Amazon links. In the Workshop, all Amazon links will be visible, however they will be highlighted in yellow so that they are easily distinguished. The Score Card, visible in both the published and workshop versions of the lens, indicates whether the lens has “Good Amazon link usage.”

UPDATE – We just released one bug fix. It was possible in some cases (though not the majority) for a lens with exactly 20 Amazon links to receive the dashboard warning. In those cases, publishing the lens would remove the warning. We’ve fixed the problem so that no future warnings at exactly 20 amazon links will be given.

Look who won the Squidoo Adventure Club Quest!

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 01:49 PM PDT

adventureclublogoCongratulations to RenaissanceWoman2010 whose lens, Climbing Mount Bierstadt was voted the winner in our most recent Squidoo Adventure Club Quest.  Her lens is now being featured as today’s Lens of the Day and she’ll also be receiving a $25.00 gift card.

This was a super fun quest.  Stop by Squidoo Adventure Club Quest: Local Adventure to read up on all of our club member’s adventures.  All are excellent!

Here’s a few of the lenses that were runner’s up in the quest challenge to get you started.



Chain walking above the sea

1. Chain walking above the sea

Let me introduce you to Scotland’s Via Ferrata. The Elie chain walk is an intimidating climb over a rocky shoreline whilst hanging on to chains embedded into the rock. It is the only one of its kind in Scotland and this linear walk/climb negotiates a sea c…

I'm Scared To Go Camping With The Kids

2. I’m Scared To Go Camping With The Kids

I’m terrified. I suggested going camping with kids. I am not a parent. I’ve spent the last 50 years being a kid myself and now I’ve volunteered my long weekend to go camping with my wife, her sister and the kids. What have I done. I grew up camping. By the…

Snow in Hawaii - My Family's Favorite Adventure

3. Snow in Hawaii – My Family’s Favorite Adventure

Since we live in Hawaii, people often ask me what our family does for fun besides going to the beach, fishing, and diving. Well, our favorite winter adventure is to go play in the snow on Mauna Kea (Hawaiian for white mountain), which is about two hours fr…

Creek Hiking: A New Twist On An Old Activity

4. Creek Hiking: A New Twist On An Old Activity

One of my favorite activities is hiking, and I have the best hiking in the county right in my backyard. But I’ve been hiking there for decades, and recently I found myself wishing those old familiar woods could offer something new to look at. After all, I…

A huge thank you to all of the club members who participated either by creating a new lens or by taking the time to vote. We really appreciate you!

Are you the adventurous type? Why not join the club? You can learn all about it, and all of our other clubs by visiting All About Squidoo Clubs.

The 2013 Squidoo Halloween Cupcake Baking Contest

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 12:46 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 1.49.50 PMWelcome to the 2013 Squidoo Halloween Cupcake Contest

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