Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Community Lensmaking Quest: 10 Tips

Posted: 29 Jul 2014 08:06 AM PDT

5064328494_ded6efa167_zThis morning, in my email, I found a great post from an excellent food blogger I follow, 10 Tips for Growing Your Food Blog.   As you might expect, it’s a blog post full of terrific advice from a lady who really knows what she’s talking about.

It got me thinking, everyone has at least one thing that they’re really good at and know a lot about.  What are you an expert at? Have you got 10 useful tips to share?

No matter if you’re just-a-beginner at what you do or you’ve been doing it for decades, I bet you’ve got plenty of great advice that somebody else would find extremely helpful especially if you keep in mind that just because you know all about it, doesn’t mean that everyone else does.  And whatever you’re into, in this big wide world, you’re not alone.   There’s always someone else searching for information about it.

To complete this community quest create a new lens that shares some of your own experience, expertise and wisdom with the world.

Ideas might include:

  • 10 Ways to Keep Active Children Quiet on a Rainy Day
  • A 10 Point Checklist for Editing a Term Paper
  • 10 Things You Should Know Before Vacationing in Canada
  • The 10 Tools Every Gardener Should Own and Why
  • 10 Bathroom Cleaning Hacks
  • Or any 10 tips you have about something you know well.

If you don’t have 10 bits of advice to share, you can choose a lower number.

Be sure to be personal and let your reader know why you’re the best person to be sharing this advice.  Maybe it’s because you’re a mom or grandpa.  Maybe it’s because you’ve studied the subject for a while.  Or maybe it’s just something you’ve been doing all your life.  How ever you learned, share your story about that on your lens too.  This will build trust with your readers.

Before you get started, we’ve got some great tips of our own to help you create a better and more successful lens right HERE.

When you’re done reading our tips, get to work on your new lens and when it’s completed please return here and share the link in the comments below.

This quest will end at midnight on August 5th but you’re welcome to use this fun lensmaking idea at any time.

Now go ahead smarty pants.  Teach us all a few things.

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It’s Pasta and Picnic Time!

Posted: 29 Jul 2014 06:23 AM PDT

Recently we’ve had several delicious food quests running and today I’d like to point out two of them.

First up, I’d love for you to stop by our It’s Picnic Time! quest lens to find a whole bunch of terrific take-along food ideas that you’ll enjoy for the rest of the summer. Visit Squidoo Food Club Quest: It's Picnic Time! to see them all and be sure to bookmark all of your favorites.

The second food quest I want to brag about today was one that was looking for Perfect Pasta recipes and we received tons of great lenses for this one. You’ll find one of the lenses from this quest featured as Lens of the Day today.  Browse through the following to see seven more of those scrumptious pages.

Have you got a great macaroni or picnic recipe to share?  If you do, be sure to post the link to the lens you’ve made about it here in the comments.  After all, one can never have too many great recipes.  Can they?

Vegetarian Lasagna

1. Vegetarian Lasagna

Learn to make vegetarian Lasagna with veggie burger. Making lasagna is pretty each and pasta dishes are fun to make. There are so many variations of them. Everyone makes it different. What’s really nice is that you can swap out one ingredient for anot…

The perfect pasta salad: Tuna Macaroni Salad

2. The perfect pasta salad: Tuna Macaroni Salad

This macaroni and tuna salad is the first thing I ever learned to crook as a new bride. We were broke most of the time and it was good, cheap and filling. It still is. I love it because it is so versatile. You can make it fancy, as it is in this picture, b…

Creamy Summer Tuna Fish Pasta Salad

3. Creamy Summer Tuna Fish Pasta Salad

A summer staple in our in our home is tuna fish pasta salad. Sometimes in the summer months, it just seems to darn hot to eat. I find that on those sticky humid days, I prefer to enjoy something that is light and cool and this delicious tuna pasta salad is…

Spinach Fettuccine with Blue Cheese Sauce

4. Spinach Fettuccine with Blue Cheese Sauce

Looking for a change from the traditional fettuccine alfredo? Then try this! Recently when my friends and I took our annual road trip to Iowa, we tried this recipe. Gwynn’s brand new kitchen was ideal for shared cooking so we all pitched in. We had a…

Poor Woman's Basil Pasta

5. Poor Woman’s Basil Pasta

So it’s getting late, you’re hungry, and maybe your family is hungry too. Such fun! Then, you remember that package of pasta that you have in the pantry, or perhaps that package of leftover pasta that’s been lingering in the fridge. Perfect!…

Lemon Butter Bowties with Chickpeas

6. Lemon Butter Bowties with Chickpeas

The easiest thing about this recipe for Lemon Butter Bowties with Chickpeas is that I can have all of the ingredients on hand and ready to roll whenever I please. The hardest part of making this dish is cooking the pasta, so with that in mind, this is a su…

Cheesy Vegetable & Macaroni Pie

7. Cheesy Vegetable & Macaroni Pie

Macaroni Pie is a favourite Sunday and special occasion dish in the Caribbean. Macaroni Pie does not normally contain vegetables. However, in this my customized ‘Cheesy Vegetable & Macaroni Pie’ recipe version, I usually add some vegetabl…

4 Habits of Successful Squids

Posted: 29 Jul 2014 06:14 AM PDT

orange monsterHere are four ways to give yourself an edge when it comes to becoming a successful lensmaster on Squidoo.

1. Proofread! Proofread your lenses carefully. Reading EVERY word on your lens OUT LOUD is the very best way to find mistakes that are otherwise easily overlooked by you but that pop right out at your readers.

2. Cite your photos! Here’s a guide to using photos on Squidoo. Review this and pay special attention to the section on citing your photos. Even when you use your own pictures, it’s important to give yourself a line of credit so people will know they’re yours. And if they’re not yours, be sure that you have permission to use them. The lens at the link will explain more.

3. When you ask for a critique, follow through! The “critique me” portion of the Squidoo forum is active and we love that! It’s disappointing, though, to notice great feedback but no response from the lens author who asked for the critique in the first place. On the other hand, it’s very satisfying to see prompt replies by new lensmasters who truly appreciate – and apply – the advice they’ve been given by generous Squidoo veterans. Even better? Watching those same “newbies” paying it forward, helping others once they’ve gained their own lensmaking expertise.

4. Slow down and aim for excellence! Squidoo isn’t a race. It’s better to write a lens one day then re-read it the next day, fix the mistakes that you find, and then publish and announce it to the world. Even if you miss a quest deadline, you’ll be submitting an excellent lens right out of the gate which will give you a better chance of having a lens that qualifies for the official “best of Squidoo” list. Having as many lenses as possible designated as “best of” certainly will take you a long way down the road to success on Squidoo.

Do you consider yourself a successful Squid? What habits have you developed that are helping you reach that goal?


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