Monday, August 11, 2014

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Community Lensmaking Quest: Summer Fun

Posted: 11 Aug 2014 06:01 AM PDT

865263635_c7d699e9f1_zWith the dog days of summer drifting away, we want to know what you did on your summer vacation.

Did you learn a new craft?  Did you try an interesting DIY project?  Did you go somewhere fun?

Have you read any good books lately or seen an interesting new movie?  Was there a new type of cuisine or recipe you taste tested?

To complete this community lensmaking quest, create a new lens about something you’ve done, tried or learned this summer.

Make your page interesting, unique and above all informative for your readers.

When your lens is complete, share the link in the comments below.  There’s still a few weeks of summer left.  You never know, a fellow Squid might want to recreate the fun you’ve had.  Plus this is a great first place to show off your work.

PS… If you live somewhere that isn’t celebrating the end of summer right now, create a lens about something you recently did, or tried or about something that’s happening in your part of the world.

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A Dozen Review Lenses From Our Review It! Quest

Posted: 08 Aug 2014 08:26 AM PDT

Our recent Review It! community quest garnered a huge amount of new review lenses about all kinds of different things.

We’re sharing 12 of those pages below.

Browse through to see if there’s anything you want, need or have to have.

My Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop Cleans Floors Quickly Without Chemicals

1. My Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop Cleans Floors Quickly Without Chemicals

There’s a reason why Bissell’s Powerfresh Steam Mop is Amazon’s #1 Bestseller in steam mops. Quite simply. it works. I recently moved from an apartment with wall- to- wall carpet to a house with 100% tile floors. My old vacuum cleaner was on…

The Most Accurate Tuner for Any Musical Instrument - Snark SN-8 Super Tight All Instrument Tuner

2. The Most Accurate Tuner for Any Musical Instrument – Snark SN-8 Super Tight All Instrument Tuner

I learned to play the guitar at age 12 and began playing with my Church’s Youth Choir which was responsible for the music and singing every last Sunday in the month. Back then I did not own a tuner but I had learned how to manually tune my guitar by e…

Why I Love My Ninja Blender

3. Why I Love My Ninja Blender

My Ninja Kitchen System was a surprise gift from Santa Claus (AKA my sweet husband) this past Christmas, and I must admit I was slightly taken aback by this gift. In the past my husband had rarely given me appliances as gifts, and usually opted for jewelry…

American Standard Chrome Bathroom Faucet

4. American Standard Chrome Bathroom Faucet

American Standard Single Handle Bathroom Faucet in Polished Chrome. My husband and I have been wanting to redo a bathroom in a rental home for some time now. One of the things that we lack in this bath is space – counter and storage space. In order to have…

ALL ABOUT LIFE: AN INNER JOURNEY TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE

5. ALL ABOUT LIFE: AN INNER JOURNEY TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE

This is the second book I’ve authored and the first one was entitled ‘Inner Journey To PURE CONSCIOUSNESS’. It is the book which will help everyone indeed because it consists of the solutions to all the problems that people normally go throu…

BibleOpoly Went to Church on Sunday to Reinforce Biblical Learning

6. BibleOpoly Went to Church on Sunday to Reinforce Biblical Learning

I ordered Late for The Sky BibleOpoly for my personal collection as I enjoy board games, especially any version of Monopoly. I was also hoping my roommate might enjoy playing the BibleOpoly board game since he, too, is a Christian. Unfortunately, he has sh…

An app that learns what music you want to hear!  Spoiler:  for me, it's the 80s.

7. An app that learns what music you want to hear! Spoiler: for me, it’s the 80s.

Talk about a ‘killer app! ‘ Pandora (which I am, of course, listening to right this very second) is an absolute life saver. I run a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym, and one of the things that really defines our culture and separates it from other gyms in…

Koosh Balls - King of Balls

8. Koosh Balls – King of Balls

I was introduced to koosh balls during Grade 3 recces in elementary school. Ever since then, I’ve owned a total of 3 koosh balls over the years (Lost my first one by throwing it so high that nobody could help me retrieve it when it got stuck on top of…

The Art of Racing in the Rain-book review

9. The Art of Racing in the Rain-book review

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein is a beautiful book. And I don’t mean physically (although any cover with a dog on it wins me over). I mean that it has a beautiful heart of a story. It is the story of Enzo the dog’s life…

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review

10. Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review

My way to Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Hello folks! Welcome to my Sony Xperia Tablet Z honest review. A few months ago my girlfriend came home, holding her hands behind her back and told me. ‘I have something for you’. I couldn’t even imagine that…

A VW Camper Van Gift you will love!

11. A VW Camper Van Gift you will love!

If you are a VW Camper Van fan, or know of one, then the VW Camper Van wash bag is a fun gift for all enthusiasts. I for one had no idea that you could even get such novelty wash bags, let alone ones that look like a classic camper van. They look pretty co…

Breathe Better With The Neti Pot

12. Breathe Better With The Neti Pot

When I saw a friend mention her Neti Pot on facebook, I had no clue what she was talking about. She mentioned how it helped her seasonal allergies so I was intrigued and decided to look into it further. Basically the Neti Pot is a little plastic teacup. Yo…

You’ll find more terrific review pages by visiting Squidoo’s Best of Reviews.

Community Halloween Quest: Build a Dream Halloween Costume

Posted: 08 Aug 2014 06:00 AM PDT

2990437928_1845d057f5_zWelcome to Halloween 2014 on Squidoo!

We decided to kick things off a little early to give you a jump on making your new-for-2014 Halloween lenses.

To get the ball rolling we’re looking for your best ideas for building a dream Halloween costume.  Who or what will you, or your children or your partner be this year?

To complete this quest, choose a character, animal or thing and share your DIY tips, ideas and advice for make-up, masks and making the costume.  You can create the entire ensemble or just a piece of the costume such as a mask, outfit or accessory.

Here’s a few examples to inspire you:

You’ll find further inspiration by browsing our Best of Halloween at Squidoo pages and by following our Lens of the Day entries where starting today, and over the course of the next week or so, we’ll be featuring some of our newest Halloween lenses.

When your lens is complete, send it to us using this handy Halloween Page Submission Form.

Go now.  Get creative.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Vegan Finger Foods: Interview with co-author Tamasin Noyes

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 02:54 PM PDT

screen shot 2014-08-07 05:54:00 PMTamasin Noyes is one of my favorite online people. She's the writer behind the very cool blog, Vegan Appetite, and she's is a fabulous part of GoodVeg Magazine. Her recipes are always fun, simple, and insanely tasty.

Where Can I Find Good Writing Advice?

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 06:00 AM PDT

orange monsterWell, you could google it. But, as author and Squidoo lensmaster DaveStone13 recently discussed, free writing advice is easy to come by and in most cases you get what you pay for.

So instead of the free writing tips that I was going to publish here today, I’m going to let you in on a secret. Actually, 10 secrets and they’re free, too, and come from the aforementioned Dave Stone himself via his Lens of the Day from yesterday, August 6th.

If you saw the lens, I hope you read it. In case you missed it, I hope you’ll go now and spend some time reading because these are writing secrets that most of us can apply right now, right here on Squidoo.

The lens is this one: 10 Secrets for Great Writing Anywhere.

When you’re finished reading, feel free to come back here and let us know which secret you think will benefit your writing the most.  (My answer? Number 7.)

See you when you get back.

The 12 Bottle Bar: Interview with David and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

Posted: 06 Aug 2014 08:00 AM PDT

screen shot 2014-08-06 11:00:20 AMI'm willing to bet you have NEVER seen a book like The 12 Bottle Bar. It combines practical advice about making great cocktails with a cool premise — you can have a full bar with just 12 well-selected bottles of spirits — and plenty of history about how spirits, and the cocktails the created from them, emerged.

Tips To Help You Do Almost Anything

Posted: 06 Aug 2014 05:22 AM PDT

Whether you’re looking to retire, reduce your meat intake, increase your social media presence or find a fun vacation destination, browse through this list of lenses that we received for our recent Community Lensmaking Quest: 10 Tips.

With so many helpful topics to choose from, I think you’ll find something just right for you.

Living Life To Its Fullest From A Dog's Perspective

1. Living Life To Its Fullest From A Dog’s Perspective

I have learned more about living life to the fullest in the past fourteen years of my sixty years of living than ever before and I have learned these valuable life lessons from my dogs. Seriously, my dogs have had it made in the shade! So, I thought you mi…

Eight Tips To Make Content Worth Sharing

2. Eight Tips To Make Content Worth Sharing

You can share your content on social media until your fingers fall off but it won’t do any good unless it contains something worth sharing. I’m not sure why people who aren’t naturally writing geniuses don’t seem to realize this or at l…

5 Irresistible Reasons to Own a Bread Machine

3. 5 Irresistible Reasons to Own a Bread Machine

1. Quick and Easy: It’s the quickest and easiest way to make homemade bread. Make bread, rolls, pizza, runzas, bread sticks, etc. using the same recipe. Crazy Bread Dough keeps in the refrigerator up to a week, so you just need to heat the oven and…

10 Ways You Can Help A Grieving Friend or Family Member

4. 10 Ways You Can Help A Grieving Friend or Family Member

When you lose a loved one, your life continues despite the hole in your heart. The sun still rises each morning, you still need to provide for your family, and regular responsibilities of daily life continue. This is extremely overwhelming. That is why thi…

10 Simple Investing Tips Everybody Knows (but Nobody Remembers)

5. 10 Simple Investing Tips Everybody Knows (but Nobody Remembers)

Investing is scary. What do you invest in? Where do you start? Keep reading and I’ll tell you everything you need to know. As long as you know your goals and stick to a plan you’ll do fine. Let me first say that I am not an expert. I have no form…

10 Tips For Twitter:  Make Social Media Work For You

6. 10 Tips For Twitter: Make Social Media Work For You

Many people do not understand what a powerful tool Twitter can be, whether you use it to make friends, find customers, promote a band or event, or to follow your favorite celebrities and get news. You can, if you choose, use Twitter merely to passively get…

6 Things to Know for Your Trip to Florida

7. 6 Things to Know for Your Trip to Florida

Florida is great for people of all ages, from the beaches to the theme parks, there are many things to do in Florida to keep you busy. From coast to coast is only a few hours, and you can drive from forest to paradise in just a day. One thing to keep in mi…

10 Tips For First Time Disney World Guests

8. 10 Tips For First Time Disney World Guests

So, you’ve just booked the vacation of a lifetime. You’re going to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth! ‘ The kiddos can hardly believe it and Dad is already making plans to work overtime for the next six months to pay for it. Walt Disney Worl…

10 tips to make Sharepoint a Success

9. 10 tips to make Sharepoint a Success

SharePoint is an extremely useful tool within a business, but it has to be something that is required, not just something that is introduced but never fully implemented. SharePoint exists to make collaboration within a business easier due to being able to…

10 Ways to Increase Your Twitter Following

10. 10 Ways to Increase Your Twitter Following

Whether your Twitter account is for personal or professional use, it is likely that you get a little jump in your step every time you get a new follower. If you use Twitter professionally, then you’re well aware that a larger following is not just fun…

10 Tips to Promoting Creativity

11. 10 Tips to Promoting Creativity

The truth is I believe everyone has some creative bent; a creative talent or way of expressing yourself. Some people arrange flowers; some sew clothes; some love to bake or cook; some are into interior decorating. Whether you are writing novels or just blo…

10 Tips for Finding and Earning Money for College

12. 10 Tips for Finding and Earning Money for College

You would think going to college will produce ample rewards to help offset costs of attendance along with other expenses. However; this is far from facts today than it was some years ago. Finding monies to cover schooling has become a game of tic- tac- toe…

10 Tips for a Happy, Secure Retirement

13. 10 Tips for a Happy, Secure Retirement

At first it may seem like the decision to retire is easy. All you need to do is stop working and then sign up for Social Security and Medicare – right? Actually, it is much more complicated than it seems, especially if you want to make sure that you will h…

Border Crisis Top Ten Big Bad List - Political Powder Keg - Power Play Pandemonium

14. Border Crisis Top Ten Big Bad List – Political Powder Keg – Power Play Pandemonium

Americans love to take sides on political issues. The whole system is really set up that way. The Border Crisis in America has become the hot issue of the day. Each new dawn sees thousands more people crossing the border of a sovereign nation contrary to t…

10 Things You Should Know Before Vacationing in Canada

15. 10 Things You Should Know Before Vacationing in Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Canada covers five time zones from one coast to the other. Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories. Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, Nova Sc…

Top Ten Hair Masks and Treatments that You can Make at Home

16. Top Ten Hair Masks and Treatments that You can Make at Home

We take our hair for quite a rough ride. From burning straighteners and curling irons to oil- scouring shampoos, a lot of what we do to style are hair can damage it in the long run. If your hair is in need of a bit of tender love and care, then don’t…

Ten Tips For Meat Free Eating

17. Ten Tips For Meat Free Eating

Many years ago,I ran a health food store and even all that time ago, I was often asked to advise people who had decided to eat no – or less – meat. All these years later, even more people are deciding to cut meat from their diet for a variety of reasons. A…

3 Productivity Hacks

18. 3 Productivity Hacks

If you’re like me, you have simply run out of productive time in the past on certain days, trying to get everything done. This has left me pulling my hair out, trying to figure out what I could do differently in order to get more done in 24 hours. Sin…

Twitter Feed On The Bio

Posted: 05 Aug 2014 12:44 PM PDT

screen shot 2014-08-05 03:43:37 PMJust an FYI that your Twitter feed on your new bio might be missing content.

If the feed is missing content simply disconnect, and reconnect twitter on the profile settings page.

If you are still having problems please file a bug report.

New Bio & Lens Design

Posted: 05 Aug 2014 12:34 PM PDT

We’ve got some exciting news today! We just released the new bio and lens design that we announced last week. You can see the new changes on your own bio and lenses so please to take them for a drive.

New Lens Design

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New Bio Design

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Remember you can change the background of your bio page.

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5 Secret Lens Title Strategies

Posted: 05 Aug 2014 06:00 AM PDT

orange monsterWhether or not you judge a book by its cover, I’m betting you judge a lens by its title. And rightly so! Good lens titles are interesting and informative. Great lens titles also pique your readers’ interest and make them want to click to read more. Here are five strategies to keep in mind when settling on a title for your next lens.

1. Create intrigue. Did “Secret” in the title of this tip catch your interest? Even words like “best” and “new” can work wonders to grab people’s attention and get them wondering just what you know that they don’t know.

2. Use a number. “5 Secret Strategies” works much better than just “Secret Strategies,” don’t you think? If you use a number this way in your title, it’s a good idea to number the points in the lens as well. It can be very psychologically frustrating to try to count “10 Ways to …” in a lens if the 10 ways aren’t numbered within the content.

3. Ask a question. “What’s the best way to…?” makes a great title. Why? Because these days people “speak” questions into search engines using their mobile devices – and that’s the terminology that they use. If you ask the same question in the title of your lens that they’re asking the search engines, wouldn’t you think your lens might be a perfect match for their inquiry? I would, and that’s what Google is working towards, too. So if your lens is about the best way to keep spring seedlings from freezing, a title such as “How Do You Keep Spring Seedlings From Freezing?” is probably a really good choice.

4. Use the word “best” in your title. This works great for a product review and works hand-in-hand with the previous tip. If you don’t want to ask the question about spring seedlings, then title the lens “The Best Way to Keep Spring Seedlings From Freezing.” People don’t want also-rans; they want to find the best solution out there. (Caution: Don’t overuse “best” by putting the word in every title. Too much of a good thing…well, you know.)

5. Resist the urge to use cute or poetic titles. This is a tough tip for many of us to take (I’m guilty), but it’s an important one. “It Was Love at First Sight” is a nice, romantic, even poetic title, but it doesn’t tell your potential readers anything about the topic of your lens. Did you fall in love with your dog? your husband? or maybe your vacuum cleaner with the pet hair attachment? Since the title is usually the first thing someone sees, make sure it includes at least a pretty good clue to the content of the lens.

That’s my five. Have a tip to add? Feel free to leave it in a comment.

Related reading: Ideas for Great Lens Headlines

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