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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  1. Thanks for the link love 🙂 I didn’t know you had a home-garden blog. That’s cool and I love bats.

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