Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Introducing maxsuccess59

Posted: 08 Aug 2013 07:05 AM PDT

Say hello to maxsuccess59 who recently signed up with Squidoo and got busy right away creating lenses. We know you’ll be seeing lots more from him, so we wanted to take this opportunity to let you get to know him better.

What brought you to Squidoo? What actually brought me to Squidoo started out as a conversation a co-worker and I were having about freelance writing. We talked about how it would be great to write articles online and build a portfolio. A few days later he sent me an email with a link to Yahoo Voices and I went to their site. It seemed like a good platform. As I started to do a little research online about to see what other people thought about it, I came across a few people who mentioned that they preferred Squidoo to Yahoo Voices. I had heard the name before but didn’t really know much about it. As I started seeking more information and read some reviews which happened to be Squidoo lenses. I was intrigued with the web page look and feel. Squidoo also seemed to be more community oriented, so I decided to give it a try. I can tell you that I’m glad I did.

Your lenses so far are product reviews with a great personal touch. Do you have any other topic ideas on your lensmaking list that you’d like to share with us? Yes I have a lot of ideas that I plan on sharing, I’m just kind of feeling my way right now. But love to write about personal growth and health issues, as well as what makes us happy. But it’s also nice to know that Squidoo allows me to write an express my ideas about a variety of topics and get feedback from other members which is great.

What can Squidoo do for you? Squidoo seems like a great community of lens masters and those seeking to become lens masters…lol..all writing and sharing ideas and experiences with each other. I have already learned so much from the short time that I have been here. I just signed up for Rocket Squids and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can. So if Squidoo can continue to provide this wonderful platform where we can all learn and grow that would be fantastic!

A Halloween Tip (and treat) from lensmaster DebW07

Posted: 08 Aug 2013 06:08 AM PDT


Here’s the tip:

Write about a topic that you enjoy and add some great eye-catching photos.

Try to make your lens fun and interesting by adding some polls or videos.

Don’t give your audience a sales pitch but tell a story instead.

Most of all have fun. ~DebW07

Here’s the treat:

You’ve Been BOOed – The Neighborhood Halloween Game

Lens of the Day: “Accepting Death, Living Life” ~ Mike Oliveri

Posted: 08 Aug 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Back to School With the RocketSquids

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 04:45 PM PDT

Last week’s RocketSquid University assignment was to make a lens about Back to School Supplies. The resulting A+ lenses are as varied as our students themselves, from themed items to lunchbox essentials to helping teachers find creative ways to pay for classroom supplies.

Here’s a sample of our students’ awesome challenge lenses. The complete supply lens list is here.

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Upcycled and Recycled Back To School Essentials

1. Upcycled and Recycled Back To School Essentials

In my family, back to school shopping consisted of a rushed trip to the store the night before the first day of school and watching my busy mother carve out a place on my pencils where I could write my name. Something was nearly always forgotten and missin…

Why You Should Buy Your Student A Graphing Calculator

2. Why You Should Buy Your Student A Graphing Calculator

If you haven’t been in a math classroom in a while, you may be surprised at the high level concepts that students are being asked to learn and apply. Algebra students have to do far more than solve equations and find x. They must analyze statistics and d…

Go Back to School with a Healthy Lunchbox

3. Go Back to School with a Healthy Lunchbox

There’s one school supply every student needs every day. A nutritious lunch. Eating between classes helps students concentrate and stay alert. Use these tips to pack a healthy school lunch at home that will keep your student shining all afternoon. This pic…

That fresh smell of school days

4. That fresh smell of school days

I am 35 years old and I still remember that smell. A new suitcase, new stationery, my lunch packed. The feeling of a brand new uniform, my hair freshly cut and in place. Brand new books with shiny covers, colouring pencils, pens and rulers – everything jus…

Why Teachers and Students Love Donors Choose

5. Why Teachers and Students Love Donors Choose

‘Back to school’ is a phrase filled with hope. It evokes those opportunities to learn, to make friends, and to take one step closer to a bright future. Since my first day of kindergarten, I have loved organizing (and reorganizing) my new school supplies, h…

We’ve updated the Photo Gallery module!

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 03:14 PM PDT

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We’ve updated the Photo Gallery module!

You can now choose between the current Carousel or Polaroid styles and a brand new Lightbox style. You’ll also have the option of changing the background on the Carousel and Lightbox to black, white or gray.

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An added bonus is the addition of those same background choices to the Video module. If you choose the Lightbox or Polaroid styles and upload multiple photos, all of your pictures will show up in a grid of thumbnails on your lens. Clicking on a thumbnail will open the full size version in a modal with captions and the ability to cycle through all of the rest.

Your existing Carousel and Polaroid modules will remain unchanged. All of the gallery styles allow you to add up to 25 photos with or without captions.

Previous to this update we didn’t place typical character limits on captions. We’ve fixed that in this update with a 75 character limit. But not to worry! Any existing captions, no matter the length, will remain in tact as long as you don’t edit them. In order to make any types of changes to those modules that have long captions you’ll have to cut down the wording. If you have a lot to say about a particular photo, you can always add a Text module with a photo and write to your heart’s content!

Editor for the Day: Katiecolette Presents European Travel Destination Lenses

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 02:23 PM PDT

katiecolletteTravel lenses are among my favorite topics to explore on Squidoo.

One day I would love to visit Europe and travel to all these amazing destinations. ~katiecolette



My Journey to Piedmont, Italy: Bra, Pollenzo and Alba

1. My Journey to Piedmont, Italy: Bra, Pollenzo and Alba

Join me for a Journey to Piedmont, Italy, and read about the best things to do in three of it most wonderful cities: Alba, Pollenzo and Bra. On this page you will find traveling tips, facts, history and a little about the International Food and Wine Festiv…

Discover Toledo, Spain

2. Discover Toledo, Spain

Prior to traveling to Spain, I can remember reading that if you only have one day to spend in Spain you should spend it in Toledo, a historical medieval city and former capital of Spain. Toledo is still considered to be Spain’s spiritual capital and is con…

Trier: A Guide to Germany’s Oldest City

3. Trier: A Guide to Germany’s Oldest City

Trier, Germany is sometimes called ‘Second Rome’ or the ‘Rome of the North. ‘ It’s Germany’s oldest city and, as such, is truly fascinating and overflowing with historical significance. This tiny town has eight UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites – and th…

Paris France - The City Of Lights

4. Paris France – The City Of Lights

Bonjour! This lens is about Paris France, also known as the city of lights and romance. Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. This fabulous city with its world famous iconic land…

Top Holiday Destinations in Europe - The Soca River

5. Top Holiday Destinations in Europe – The Soca River

Where unspoilt nature and crystal clear emerald water meet – deep in the valley among beautiful mountains of the Slovenian Alps, you will find one of the most beautiful rivers in the world – the Soca river. On its 138km long path, the Soca river flows all…

Poland in pictures

6. Poland in pictures

Polish rural landscapes, historic sites, busy cities, medieval castles, majestic Tatra mountains, tranquil lakes and forests – all this collected in one place. Poland with its history and nature, changing rapidly since breaking free from communist regime,…

Norway in pictures

7. Norway in pictures

Norwegian pure nature, beautiful landscapes and seascapes, majestic mountains, breath- taking fiords, big and small glaciers, deep forests, all this collected in one place. Photography is my passion. I love to preserve with my camera wonders of nature, vol…

The Alps Mountain Range, Europe

8. The Alps Mountain Range, Europe

About the Alps: The Facts The Alps are the mountains that stretch across the center of Europe. Principally concentrated in Switzlerand and Austria, the mountain range also extends into France, Liechtenstein, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. The tallest of the…

Best Places to visit in Switzerland

9. Best Places to visit in Switzerland

Switzerland is an all time favorite dream destination for many tourists. From snow clad Alps to beautiful hills with streams, meadows with flowers to rolling vineyards, glaciers and nature trails, majestic bodies of water to thick forests, the list of plac…

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

10. Keukenhof Gardens in Holland

Each year over 7,000,000 bulbs are hand- planted to create the world’s largest flower garden in the small town of Lisse (about 15 miles south of Amsterdam in the Netherlands). The mere mention of Keukenhof makes the hearts of gardeners (such as me) skip a…

Welcome Christine

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 10:46 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-08-07 at 12.12.25 PMYou might see a new face visiting, SquidLiking and commenting on your lenses in the next couple of weeks.

Christine, who is Kritty on Squidoo is a teacher, writer, editor and theatre artist.

She’s got a wide range of experience and will be working with us as a part-time community organizer. She’ll be helping out with lens reviews, lensmaster spotlights and holiday promotion.


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