A Wealth Of Squidoo Knowledge All In One Place

Chef Keem has created a lens that links all of the best Squidoo how- to’s and tutorials all in one place, How To Squidoo With A Lotta Help From My Friends on Squidoo (say that 10 times fast, I dare ya). It’s an excellent resource for new Squidooers, and a great reference for seasoned lensmasters.

He also takes a look at the Squidoo brass, and shows you who some of the Giant Squids are. Just in case you want to check out some of their lenses for inspiration.

Go ahead and check it out, I know you want to. Give him some stars for all his hard work.

There’s A New Blog In Town

Or at least new to  the Sqidoo community. One of my favorite lensmasters, BDKZ has started a new blog to help mentor those of you who would like to become Giant Squids.

So You Want To Be A Giant Squid? will help new,  or newer lensmasters learn what it takes to achieve Giant Squid status at Squidoo. The questions will be answered by seasoned lensmasters who have been through the Giant Squid process themselves.

The blog will feature stories, news, interviews, FAQs, and question and answer sessions. The latest post is an interview with lensmaster Susan52, who is a wealth of Squidilicious information. It’s like picking the brain of a great Squid master.

If you’re new to Squidoo hop over and check things out. If you have questions related to Squidoo, or becoming a Giant Squid it’s a great place to ask.

A Squidoo Book Worth Buying

I just finished reading Margaret Schaut’s ebook ‘Masterpiece Lenscrafting on Squidoo.’ It was like being able to pick the brain of one of my favorite lensmasters. 

Margaret takes a sincere look at how to create a quality lens at Squidoo. You can see the love and thought she puts into crating a great Squidoo lens.

I’ve read one or two other books written by so called "gurus" and they have told me nothing more than the basics of creating lenses. A skill which you can figure out on your own in the Squidoo dashboard, or SquidU.

‘Masterpiece Lenscrafting’ went way beyond the basics. Margaret teaches you the thought process behind creating a great content lens. A lens that will stand at the top of the Squidoo pile over time.

Margaret should know her lens "David" has been at or near the number one spot on Squidoo, almost since it was created.

I think the book was definitely worth the $10 price tag. It’s a much better investment for your money than the automatic Lens creator stuff that’s going around right now. So if you want to spend your money wisely, invest in quality.

Links For Weekend Reading and Squidoo Learning

blog reading  links I love doing link posts on the weekends to link to the other things I find interesting during the week. Here at Thoughts of A Squidoo Lens Author I hope to share links that are Squidoo related (obviously), but I would also like to share links that are not always obviously related to Squidoo lens mastering.

Here are this weeks links. I hope you find the info as useful and interesting as I did.

Seth’s Blog is always interesting to me. This week he challenges everyone to write like a blogger.  Is there any other way to write? I have a hard time these days helping my son write papers for his homework because I think of everything in short blurbs.

I think he shares some great advice here for your Squidoo lens. Break your text modules into short blurbs with photos, Amazon modules, videos, or links in between. You will hold your readers interest longer than a long block of text (like this blurb is turning into).

Linking to others without ulterior motives is also a great thing to do on your Squidoo lens. You shouldn’t always think about how the link will benefit you. You should focus on how the link will benefit your reader. Your reader will appreciate it and be more likely to share your information with others.

If you don’t check out the Squidblog, you really should. This week Megan wrote about catchers and throwers. I think she shared some excellent advice. I love it when people leave meaningful comments on my lenses and blogs. When they just leave a short message with a link back to their website it usually just gets deleted. Maybe I’m super sensitive to this because there is such a problem with comment spam in the blogging world, but I don’t think so.

If you want a lensmaster to come visit your lenses and leave you positive feedback, and comments you should do the same for them. I’m a big believer in karma.

A couple of my favorite bloggers (Jennifer and Deb) just started a blog, Network Blogging Tips.  Each of them shared a list of where they find their blog post ideas. Here’s Jennifer’s list, and here’s Deb’s list. I think both lists are great for finding ideas for blogging, and for your next Squidoo lens. 

Where do I find ideas? I usually find my inspiration while I’m outside in the garden, or walking. I always carry a notebook with me wherever I go (sad I know). I’m constantly reading books and magazines. I have over 200 blogs in my RSS reader, I skim through and read the titles that catch my eye.

Captain Squid finds new Squidoo lens ideas by using Stumbleupon. I love Stumbling, the only problem is once I start, I can’t stop.

My favorite way to get inspired? I love children (and children related topics), and I’m always truly interested in what my son is thinking. I substitute teach, and listen to what the kids are saying, they always know what’s going on in the world. Sometimes ideas come to me based on these conversations, so talk to your children they know what’s cool:)

 

Happy weekend reading!

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