Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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tim-bader-982 is the “Video Game Rockstar” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 06:56 AM PST

tim2Today we’re happy to introduce you to tim-bader-982. He’s our “Video Game Rockstar” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
Everyone needs something to help them relax and unwind after a stressful day at work (or school). For me, video games are what hit the mark and 9 times out of 10, I will choose to play a game rather than watch a movie or read a book. – Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.  Games are good for capturing my focus and allowing me to escape into a fantasy world, but still exercise my mind while I’m having fun.  Video games were once the territory of a few nerds/geeks and while I will admit to being a bit of a geek, games have moved on.  I think it’s time that they became more mainstream and I hope to help make that happen on Squidoo.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I don’t know if there was a specific time but I have loved video games ever since I started playing them, which was when I was about 10.  This was on my first computer – a Sinclair ZX Spectrum – and I’ve kept going ever since.

Who had the most influence in your life?
Lots of people, but the top spots go to: Jesus, my wife, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King.

You’ll also find tim-bader-982 at the following sites:
Timbo on Tech
Timbo On And On

tim-bader-982 invites you to stop by and share a review at his Review Cut Price Video Games.

10 Really Cool Craft Storage Solution Reviews

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 05:29 AM PST

4bf0e68b1128a7949a9f81b1ee24c42dI’m Marie (kinworm), The "I Sweat Glitter" Contributor on Squidoo. I asked you to review your favorite craft storage and I’ve been really impressed with the submissions. You got me reading about all the different ways in which you use some really cool and clever solutions to keep your items clean, organized and all in one place and ready to use.

Crafters are always on the hunt for different ways to store their spreading stash, so I’ve updated my list to now include 50 popular products. I definitely welcome more submissions and am personally visiting all of the product reviews where people are leaving the link for me in the comments section right here: 50 Cool Craft Storage Solutions to Review.

Enjoy my pick of these 10 great reviews shared here today. And, if you’re up for a real test of your crafting abilities, drop by on the Craft From Your Heart Challenge where we can’t wait to see what you can create.

You can also find me on Facebook at Crafty Marie.

Cross Stitch Floss Organizer Storage Box

1. Cross Stitch Floss Organizer Storage Box

A storage organizer box for cross stitch floss is must! I have a lot of floss that I use for my cross stitch projects and I’d be totally lost if I didn’t keep them organized. When I first started out cross stitching twenty five years ago I got a…

Craft Storage Containers with Handles

2. Craft Storage Containers with Handles

Easy Organizer Solutions Using Snapware Snap ‘N Stack Storage Containers If you are a big craft person like I am, you know that part of the problem with crafters is storage. Finding solutions for all my storage needs has been a challenge, but thankful…

10 Drawer Rolling Storage Cart

3. 10 Drawer Rolling Storage Cart

This 10- drawer storage cart is the same one I use to store all my sewing and quilting supplies. The unit measures 12- 1/16 inches wide by 14- 1/4 inches deep by 42- 1/4 inches high. The drawers measure 9- 3/4 inches wide by 12- /3/4 inches long by 3 inche…

Paper Storage At Last!

4. Paper Storage At Last!

As an architect, a theater scenic designer, and a collage artist I desperately needed to store papers safely, neatly, and, if possible. cheaply. If you do scrapbooking, collage, small design projects, or any other art involving smaller pieces of paper You…

Organizing jewelry findings and beads

5. Organizing jewelry findings and beads

Jewelry making is an addictive hobby, and as it can be an expensive hobby too, beads and findings need to stay organized and easy to find. There are lots of little odds and ends that you can’t just toss out- those odds and ends add up. Its necessary t…

DROOLery beading & Tool storage

6. DROOLery beading & Tool storage

I came across this in Joann’s crafts, and started to DROOL! This would be GREAT to bring to family gatherings and let those who want me to make something for them to choose what beads and accents they’d like. PLUS there’s room the tools. If…

Excellent if unforeseen use for the Honey-Can-Do CRT-01683 12 Drawer Chrome Studio Organizer Cart

7. Excellent if unforeseen use for the Honey-Can-Do CRT-01683 12 Drawer Chrome Studio Organizer Cart

When I first saw this cart on display at the local D. I. Y. supermarket, I was drawn to it, but almost certainly not for using it for the purpose it was originally intended to serve. You see, I have a 1500 ft square allotment, on which I have a whole serie…

Cricut Cartridge Binder -Compact Storage For Your Cricut Cartridges

8. Cricut Cartridge Binder -Compact Storage For Your Cricut Cartridges

I am a huge fan of the Cricut cutting system. And of course a big fan of the cutting cartridges. But I was getting a storage problem in my craft room with the piles of cartridges that I was getting. My cartridges were taking up a whole shelf in my craft ro…

Fantastic Storage for Small Parts

9. Fantastic Storage for Small Parts

This Super Satchel has got to be one of the best organizers for people who deal with little bits and pieces. I myself have two of them, one for my hobbies and the other one I use to organize my earrings. But we are not talking about jewelry here, so I…

Crop in Style Rolling Scrapbook Tote

10. Crop in Style Rolling Scrapbook Tote

I was an avid scrapbooker many years ago. I enjoyed creating scrapbook layouts and albums for my kids and would scrap well into the night. Then life got in the way of my hobby and my interest waned, so I stopped scrapbooking altogether. While I can’t…

Lens of the Day: Thyroid Cancer – What To Expect When You’ve Been Diagnosed

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 05:06 AM PST

Review of the Day: Diet for a New America: Animals, the Environment, Human Health, and the Vegan Diet

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 05:00 AM PST

How To Make Boring Subjects Fascinating

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 03:28 PM PST

8170948596_071bc2400cSometimes it can feel like everything that’s exciting has already been written about and even worse, it’s been written about well, by fantastic writers whose abilities far exceed our own.

Often our “niche” or subject can seem downright boring – if this is happening to you it can be terribly difficult to enjoy writing and the quality of your content can easily become just as boring as your “niche” is.

If you are struggling to find excitement in your writing or are starting to think that maybe you’ve chosen a “boring” topic, I have some advice that can help you get back into the groove and on the road to interesting, engaging content, no matter what your subject.

 

1. Ask provocative questions

The first and most important technique for creating exciting content from boring topics is to ask the right questions. There’s no subject in the world that doesn’t have unusual, thought-provoking or challenging questions hidden inside. Examine your topic from multiple perspectives to help you find the interesting questions  you can ask. What would you want to know if you were from another country? What about another planet? Let your imagination run wild when thinking of the unanswered questions your topic brings up.

When you take an average, ordinary topic and extract a deeper, complex or abstract concept to spark discussion, your readers will be impressed, engaged and interested. Have you ever read a book that you weren’t expecting to enjoy? It’s highly likely that the writer drew you in and engaged you with quality writing and interesting questions that allowed you to see past a subject that didn’t grab you right away.

You can do the same thing when creating lenses! Another benefit to asking interesting questions is you will make it easier for readers looking for answers to find your lens.

2. Draw exciting comparisons

Even the most mundane events can be compared to other, more dramatic ones. You can spice up a dull moment in your writing by drawing comparisons to relevant events, people or ideas that have more punch and power. Show your reader the similarities between one thing and another to broaden their perspective and engage their mind. You can find these parallels by contemplating your topic before or after you write, looking for obvious and subtle metaphors that spark your creativity.

An ant farm can be compared to miniaturized industrial agriculture, knitting to membrane architecture, photography seen as hardware memory storage – there are infinite interesting parallels that can be drawn to make your writing more multi-dimensional, interesting and engaging. When you’re making comparisons be sure to weave in your own thoughts and ideas to enrich and strengthen the connections between the subjects, the audience and you as the writer.

3. Call for backup

Do you ever find yourself holding your tongue because you belive that someone else has already said it better? Don’t let that hold you back or inhibit your creative process. Instead, weave the ideas and insights of other writers, thinkers and thought leaders into your work. Add short videos expanding on complex topics to your lens, quotes that illustrate your points or reinforce key ideas. You can even try reaching out to people you know in real life for interviews, quotes and more! Leverage the power of collaboration and citation to enhance and prop up your content in the places you feel yourself lacking in wisdom. Your readers will appreciate your curatorial touch and perceive your content as enlightening and informative.

What do you think? What makes content interesting to you?

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The_Micro_Farm_Project is the “Green Thumb” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 02:13 PM PST

arizonan_gothic_large_sqTonight we proudly introduce you to The_Micro_Farm_Project. She’s our “Green Thumb” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
What is the definition of a “green thumb?” For some, it means the natural talent to grow healthy plants. But for me, it means a learned skill, acquired by study and practice. I believe that anyone can grow their own food and gorgeous landscapes…they just need a little know-how! A wealth of knowledge is available on Squidoo about growing all kinds of plants in almost any climate. It is my hope that as gardening enthusiasts, we can pool our knowledge to benefit both seasoned and brand new gardeners, alike.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I have always admired gardeners and dreamed of being one. But sadly, for many years I considered myself to have a black thumb. On a whim, I applied for a scholarship to attend the Master Gardener program at my county extension office. As luck would have it, I received a full scholarship and excitedly began my studies, immediately digging a garden in my backyard. Information collided with experience, and I began to have great success at growing vegetables and ornamental plants. Success led to a passion for gardening. As a former elementary school educator, I also love to teach. I currently combine my skills and passions to teach gardening classes to growers in Phoenix, AZ.

Who had the most influence in your life?
I was influenced early on by my Opa, my paternal grandfather. A product of the Great Depression, he did not depend on the grocery store, but grew a great portion of his own food. A frugal man, he gardened using natural methods, such as making his own compost, rather than buying commercial fertilizers and pesticides. I loved wandering his garden, eating fresh peas and raspberries during the summer. During the winter, we enjoyed my Oma’s jams, pickles and other preserved foods. I wish that I had asked him questions and learned from him while he was alive. Long after he passed away, I took my family to see his house. Sadly, the garden was gone. But the neighbor happened to be outside, so we stopped to reminisce. When I mentioned how sad it was to see that the garden had been converted to a lawn, she broke into smile and told us that she was always jealous of my grandfather’s tomato plants. Although he was generous in sharing t hem, and also explained to her how he grew them, she had never been able to duplicate his success in her own garden. If I can become half the gardener that he was, I will consider myself fortunate.

You’ll also find The_Micro_Farm_Project at:
The Micro Farm Project
The Micro Farm Project on Facebook
Pinterest

3 Squidoo Magazines Now on Google+ !

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 10:52 AM PST

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 1.20.53 PMIf you’re not familiar with our Squidoo magazines, here’s a chance to find out a bit more about them, if you’re a Google + user.

GoodVeg, our magazine for all things vegetarian, vegan (or just a bit more meat-free for omnivores looking to get more veggies into their diets) can be found here — GoodVeg on Google +.

If crafts — from knitting to crocheting to sewing to decoupage to paper crafting to kids’ crafts (time to take big deep breath after saying all that) — are your thing, then head on over to our magazine for all kinds of crafts – So Crafty on Google +.

And if you just LOVE finding new ways to make your home look and feel better, all without spending a TON of money or having to learn a whole new trade, you might want to give Cozy, our DIY and decor magazine, a try. Cozy is all about sharing real solutions for real homes — not the often-unattainable stuff that serves as inspiration (but isn’t very fun to live in) that you see in glossy magazines. Check out Cozy Magazine on Google +.

Join the circles and help us share all the great work being created on Squidoo! And you can find out more info about our magazines at http://www.squidoo.com/all-about-squidoo-magazines.

And oh — I almost forgot!

If you want to make some great lenses of your own for these magazines, you can always create awesome traditional lenses, or:

For GoodVeg, you might want to use our special recipe format lens (the link to make one follows):

http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/create?format=recipeformat.

Or, for So Crafty or Cozy, try doing a How-To lens using the format linked to below:

http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/create?format=howtoformat.

And, of course, if there’s a product that you just can’t live without, or a book that make your life so much easier when it comes to cooking, crafting, or DIY’ing — please share it with the world! Our product review lens format (http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/create?format=productformat) is a great way to get your opinions out there.

 

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