Thursday, June 19, 2014

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The Book or the Movie? 8 Lenses That Will Help You Decide

Posted: 19 Jun 2014 07:12 AM PDT

When it comes to entertainment, do you prefer reading or watching?

We asked lensmasters to think about books that were turned into movies, or vice versa, and to share their opinion about which was better, the movie or the book?

Here’s 8 of our favorite lenses that were turned in for that quest.  Enjoy.

The Color Purple

1. The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a wonderful book which is easy to read. It is written in a colloquial style. This is what I found so appealing about the novel. Set in Georgia in the early 1900s, it portrays a very shady time in American history. This is a profound pie…

Insidious Chapter 2: A Bone Chilling Horror Flick!

2. Insidious Chapter 2: A Bone Chilling Horror Flick!

Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up where the first movie left off, and will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up. In this horror sequel an innocent family is yet again plagued by forces of the darkness, from a place better known as The F…

Austenland Movie Review

3. Austenland Movie Review

Visit Jane Austen’s World Via The Movie AustenlandThe movie version of the book Austenland by Shannon Hale was released on August 16, 2013. I really enjoyed the book so I was anxious to see the movie but, alas, the movie turned out to be somewhat limi…

High Crimes, The Book or The Movie?

4. High Crimes, The Book or The Movie?

I just finished reading the book High Crimes, by Joseph Finder. It was an easy choice for me since reading my first book by Joseph Finder called Vanished. It wasn’t until I downloaded it that I connected the book to the movie. The Movie High Crimes, t…

Book or Film? 'The Ghost' by Robert Harris

5. Book or Film? ‘The Ghost’ by Robert Harris

The film version of ‘The Ghost’, starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan (and retitled ‘The Ghost Writer’), is a pretty faithful rendering of the story told in the novel; but – if you’ll pardon the pun – it can only produce a sha…

The Story Is What Is Important Here - The Princess Bride

6. The Story Is What Is Important Here – The Princess Bride

This is the exact copy of the book from when I read it. I remember reading this book in Junior High. I’m not sure if it was an assignment or not, just that I really enjoyed it! The story is about LOVE, true love. There are many plot turns and it shoul…

My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead from the Green Grass of Wyoming

7. My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead from the Green Grass of Wyoming

From the green grass of Wyoming arose the wild ‘little girl’ who would become boy Ken McLaughlin’s- My Friend Flicka- a horse that would one day follow him everywhere he whistled for her to, much like a dog. The filly Flicka would serve to f…

Number One Prehistoric Saga - Clan of the Cave Bear Introduces an Inspirational Heroine

8. Number One Prehistoric Saga – Clan of the Cave Bear Introduces an Inspirational Heroine

Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear is one of my all time favorite books. I must have read this book at least seven times. It is the first book in the beloved series, Earth’s Children. Come with me as we explore why this book is so very good. Actua…

Lens of the Day: How To Make a Lamp from an Oatmeal Container

Posted: 19 Jun 2014 05:19 AM PDT

lampToday’s Lens of the Day shares directions for a fun How-To project.

Visit How To Make a Lamp from an Oatmeal Container by lensmaster candy47 to learn how you can make a color coordinated lamp of your own.

Do you have a great How-To project that you can share on a new lens?

We’re presently running a DIY Community Quest that we’d love for you to join in on.

Visit HERE to learn all about it.

Content Matters: Here’s some examples of what you should be doing.

Posted: 18 Jun 2014 11:46 AM PDT

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Now more than ever readers are looking for good, useful information about the things they are searching for. This means adding quality content that is informative, has a story line (this gives your lens a human element) and balances sales modules with text.

The most successful lenses on Squidoo look visually balanced and have quality content from top to bottom It’s a bit easier to show you what I mean (lenses like thisthisthis and this are great) and I’ve got some examples of my own lenses that are doing really well in the Best of Squidoo.

Advanced Rainbow Loom Patterns - I love the rainbow loom so I created a lens about the advanced patterns.

In my intro I included a short story about my rainbow loom experience which adds the human element. Next I created the body of my lens which includes my own photos, videos from YouTube, text and a few products. Notice I’m not overly heavy on the products.

Here’s my traffic on this lens since it was moved into the Best of Crafts subdomain.

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Here’s another example of a Halloween lens: How To Make An Elsa Costume (without sewing)

Halloween is HOT on Squidoo and Halloween lenses are already starting to gain speed. One of the neatest things you can do is create a costume from head to toe, just be creative. If you cheat and just add products this idea will fail.

In my Elsa lens I shared my ideas for the costume. Yours might be different so feel free to try an Elsa lens yourself.

Here is what you should be doing on an Amazon Module. Add content, not just products.

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So start creating Halloween lenses now, we’ll move the quality ones into the Best of Halloween as they come in.

Get creative and build lenses that have a balance of products and text. If your lens looks like this: ACK! not only will you not make Best of…you might get locked. But we know you can do better. Here’s some guidelines to help you succeed.

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