Thursday, August 29, 2013

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RocketSquids: Exposed!

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 09:14 AM PDT

Last week’s RocketSquid assignment was to make a Squidoo magazine lens. The advantage of that? More exposure!

Not only does a magazine topic lens get cataloged along with every other lens on Squidoo, it’s also included on one of Squidoo’s five fabulous magazine sites, offering more exposure for the lens and the lensmaster as well.

Here’s a short list, one RocketSquid lens per magazine. You’ll find the long list of their challenge lenses right here

Vegan Roots Medley with Polenta

1. Vegan Roots Medley with Polenta

If you looked at some of my other recipes, you can easily see that I like cooking with veggies in general and roots in particular. Beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, ginger, onions, garlic are wonderful ingredients full of flavors, vitamins and nutrients. The…

Pandemic Board Game Review - Can You Save The World?

2. Pandemic Board Game Review – Can You Save The World?

Pandemic is a cooperative board game for 2- 4 players, made by Z- Man games. In this unusual game, players work together to try to save the world from 4 virulent diseases. Each player takes on the role of a Specialist with different abilities that can help…

My Cheap Standing Desk Solution for Work at Home

3. My Cheap Standing Desk Solution for Work at Home

For the past five years, I have been working 100 percent from home. While I love the freedom that comes with working from home, I am not a fan of the changes that I have noticed in my body. You see, I seem to spend more time sitting in front of a computer…

Halloween Party Ideas: Games, Snacks, Movies and More

4. Halloween Party Ideas: Games, Snacks, Movies and More

Don’t know what to do on Halloween? Try hosting your very own Halloween party! All you need is a wicked theme, spooky games, other- worldly snacks, and movies that will scare your pants off. Transform your place into a Halloween house and your guests wil…

Crochet a Granny Square

5. Crochet a Granny Square

Granny Squares are one of the first things I learned to crochet after the chain stitch. They will always be near and dear to my heart. Here I will be passing on the tradition of the granny square in a step by step tutorial. I also have videos on my favorit…

Want to learn more about Squidoo magazines? Want to join RocketSquids? Click the links for details.

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Imagine That! A Community Lensmaking Quest – Ends September 10th

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 07:31 AM PDT

imaginationThis quest is open to all Squidoo lensmasters.

We aren't offering squidpoints for this but we will be looking at all of the lenses we receive and any and all that are worthy will get a Purple Star.

At the end of the quest we'll also take the very best and show them off in a list post right here at Squidoo HQ.

Here’s the Quest:

Create a NEW lens that answers this:

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like…

Lens Ideas we'd love to see include but are not limited to:

  • A Topical Current Event
  • A Historical Event
  • A Debate lens (use the duel/debate module to get folks talking)
  • A Personal Account of something

Use your imagination  to create a lens that shares an alternate universe type solution (or idea) to an interesting event or problem such as “Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if John Lennon were still alive? or “What would it be like (good or bad) if there really were world peace, even for just one day?

Get creative and have fun with this one!

Here’s the Guidelines:

To enter this quest simply share the link to your new lens right here in the comments section of this post before the end of the day on Tuesday September 10th 2013.

We'll review the lenses as they come in and create a list post to show them off at the end of the quest.

And yes, you can post as many NEW lenses here as you like.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Introducing Ciderman

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 07:02 AM PDT

Meet Piotr, known on Squidoo as Ciderman. He loves cooking, travel, and more and we’re thrilled that he decided to sign up on Squidoo to share those interests with us. Please make him feel welcome!

How did you find Squidoo? My fiancee (Cataire) found Squidoo when looking for interesting ideas on the web, enabling to share some views, earn a few bucks if possible and have fun doing it… Having found Squidoo she gave me a hint that it could be interesting… and that’s how it started.  Now that I also thought of a place where I could write about this and that, mainly cooking and travel but not limited to the above and not being really convinced to starting a blog of my own, I gave Squidoo a try – and got hooked :)

Most of your lenses are from the food and cooking category, including some delicious recipe lenses. You mention travel and cultures as other interests. Are there any surprises on your lensmaking list that we should look forward to? What’s coming up next? Definitely, there is going to be more. I’m thinking about my Japan trip memories to make into a story or a few soon… Actually I already started writing it so the first lens or two in the series should appear later this week. Then there’s more travel, gardening, social observations coming up… and an insider’s guide to Poland, perhaps… :)

What can Squidoo do for you? Just be there :) It gives us a lot of fun and feels like a role-playing game in a way while at the same time providing space (and readers) for pretty much everything I can think of writing about. From technical point of view, I think I’m only missing an advanced search tool for browsing lenses by category, topic, etc etc..

The Interesting Things Some Squids Did On Their Summer Vacations

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 06:43 AM PDT

A recent Community Lens Quest asked our lensmasters to share a new lens about something they did during the summer of 2013.  As it turns out, some of our lensmasters did some pretty interesting things.

In case you weren’t aware, community lens quests are quests that every lensmaster can do. You won’t find them at your “Quests” tab. We post them right here at SquidooHQ.

Visit Lens Quests often to see our latest community quests.

Here are the results from our What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation? community wide quest:

A Camping Trip to Algonquin Park

1. A Camping Trip to Algonquin Park

I love anything to do with the outdoors, especially camping. Looking at stars in the enormous open sky, roasting marshmallows on a mesmerizing campfire, and curling up in my sleeping bag at night are all my favorite parts of the experience. It’s kind of…

Go Rock Climbing with a Radio Controlled Rock Crawler

2. Go Rock Climbing with a Radio Controlled Rock Crawler

Radio- controlled rock crawlers are gaining popularity with kids of all ages. This combination hobby and sport mixes entertainment with exercise to create a four- wheeling experience without the risk of breaking an expensive pickup truck or causing whip la…

Crafting for a Wedding

3. Crafting for a Wedding

A wedding is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, and a wedding may be the only big party a person ever throws. Everyone knows weddings include endless planning. In today’s pinterest/etsy world, many brides (and grooms! ) are choosing to desi…

Ome - The perfect side trip from Tokyo

4. Ome – The perfect side trip from Tokyo

Tokyo is a huge city with a limitless amount of things to see and do. I’ve lived here for over 20 years and I still haven’t really done everything the city has to offer. However because of it’s huge size, it’s hard to truly relax and unwind. In fact I find…

Summer YA Reading Must

5. Summer YA Reading Must

I love reading books. My all- time favorite books are… wait for it…. young adult novels. Sure, they are written for teenagers, but I find them to be perfect. They aren’t dumbed down in the least. They usually have lots of action, adventure, and even…

Top Five Things To Do In Anchorage Alaska

6. Top Five Things To Do In Anchorage Alaska

Anchorage is an amazing city, I am delighted to share its highlights. We have been traveling as a family for a long time now and people often ask me, ‘What are the highlights? ‘ For those who are trying to see Anchorage in a day, I have presented what I be…

What are some Good Trails and Waterfalls near The Great Smoky Mountains?

7. What are some Good Trails and Waterfalls near The Great Smoky Mountains?

My husband and I enjoy visiting the mountains. We try to head up to ‘The Great Smoky Mountains’ a couple of times a year. We enjoy stopping in Cherokee and trying our hand at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. We usually will head on up into the mountains the next…

On the trail of James Bond - hot summer impressions from Lake Garda (Italy)

8. On the trail of James Bond – hot summer impressions from Lake Garda (Italy)

In a hot red speedboat I let my ears be blown by the airstream. Behind me you have a view to a lot of small windows in the rocks. There leads a street, hidden by the stone wall, from Limone to Tremosine and further to the South along the shore of Lake Gard…

Summer in the Philippines

9. Summer in the Philippines

The Philippines is a tropical country and consist of more than 7,000 islands, and for me each island is unique and a paradise in every way. We only have two kinds of weather, rainy season and summer, Philippine summer starts from the last week of March unt…

Visit these lenses today to thank all who participated for sharing their summer fun!

Lens of the Day: Organic Red Fife Sourdough

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 05:49 AM PDT

Getting Noticed On Squidoo

Posted: 28 Aug 2013 12:14 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 2.17.16 PMI’ve had a bunch of people asking me a very good question…How do I get noticed on Squidoo?

It’s easy! Here are some tips…

Getting a nod from SquidooHQ – We’ve got a team of 6 dedicated people scanning the site for good content. We look for lenses that are unique or fun or useful or topical or just appeal to our editorial sense. We’re out there everyday awarding Purple Stars, finding Lens of the Day, creating spotlight showcases and adding lenses to the Squidoo home page rotation.

But…in order to celebrate lenses we need to see them. Squidoo is a pretty big place and we’ve got good methods in place to find lenses but we need your help.

Get on our radar by creating a new lens, joining a Squidoo Club, trying a quest or adding a lens to one of our Squidoo Magazines. Stephanie is the editor of the magazines and she is always on the look out for new quality magazine lenses.

You can also nominate a lens for a Purple Star if you get one or join RocketSquids.

Getting noticed outside of Squidoo - SHARE! The best advice I can give you is to share your lenses with people who YOU think will care about the content. Did you just create a lens about traveling to NY? Share it with your friends who love to hit the road. Share your recipe lenses on Facebook, you’d be surprised how many people are looking for a new dish. Got a cool new “How to” lens? Share it on Pinterest.

The possibilites for getting noticed are endless!

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