RSS

Links for Planning a Haunted House

My page titled 101 Ideas for Haunted Houses moved recently from Squidoo to Hubpages. New guidelines do not allow more than two links to a single site. That means I had to remove these useful links.

I’m providing them here for anyone planning a haunted house.

Great Storytime Ideas by a Children’s Librarian

One of my library friends posted some great storytime topics with suggested books and songs on the List My Five website. Her username there is PupFashionista. If you ever met her dog, Esme, who dresses in adorable outfits, you’d know why she chose that name.

Here’s an example of her recommendations: Top Five Songs for Fairy Tale Storytimes.

I’m not making all the URLs clickable. Sorry, but I’m short of time. Here they are for you to check out when you need a storytime theme. You can also check my page with Storytime Ideas: Themes for Librarians and Circle Times.

http://www.listmyfive.com/2bff0f62/The-Top-Five-Bear-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/f9518c8a/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Bugs

http://www.listmyfive.com/3f0d8f46/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Food

http://www.listmyfive.com/b21f1f4b/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Transportation

http://www.listmyfive.com/957a88bc/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Fruit

http://www.listmyfive.com/9609085d/The-Top-Five-Monkey-Stories-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/0ea17e12/The-Top-Five-Cds-to-Use-In-Preschool-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/74b5f7e0/The-Top-Five-Mud-and-Rain-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/9bfb5400/The-Top-Five-Frog-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/dfd9a4e6/The-Top-Five-Duck-Stories-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/7befa0e2/The-Top-Five-Dog-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/68be77b8/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-and-Rhymes-For-Opposites-Week

http://www.listmyfive.com/4ba3783c/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Mice

http://www.listmyfive.com/678d8293/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Dogs

http://www.listmyfive.com/8f9b897a/The-Top-Five-Songs-and-Rhymes-to-Use-In-Bedtime-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/62fbb101/The-Top-Five-Picture-Books-to-Teach-the-Size-Concept

http://www.listmyfive.com/4600bf4d/The-Top-Five-Cow-Songs-and-Rhymes-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/769e692a/The-Top-Five-Emotions-and-Feelings-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/3622cbd1/The-Top-Five-Rounds-to-Sing-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/c8a98b94/The-Top-Five-Elephant-Stories-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/e2249dd1/The-Top-Five-Alligator-and-Crocodile-Songs-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/abcac41a/The-Top-Five-Chicken-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/b1aba266/The-Top-Five-Unusual-Pets-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/e1cf92b9/The-Top-Five-Princess-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/17160800/The-Top-Five-Stars-and-Sky-Storytime-Songs

http://www.listmyfive.com/3e451fc1/The-Top-Five-Friend-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/49635c76/The-Top-Five-Storytelling-Tips-For-Library-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/640b643d/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-to-Help-Get-the-Jiggles-Out

http://www.listmyfive.com/442a2618/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Pirate-Songs

http://www.listmyfive.com/5c14a771/The-Top-Five-Dinosaur-Books-to-Read-In-Storytime

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Libraries

 

Tags:

Writing Goals for September 2014

Often goals for writers might involve producing a certain number of words or articles in a given time frame. My goals for September involve a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that writers do.

Editing – As soon as my web pages from Squidoo transfer to their new home at Hubpages, I’ll do a damage assessment. I’m hearing that certain modules won’t transfer into Hubpages’ capsules. The worst pages I’ll just have to unpublish until I have time to do remedial work on them. In some cases, they may not suit Hubpages and later I’ll repurpose them to my blogs or other sites.

Finding New Markets - I mentioned this above, that some of my Squidoo topics won’t stay at Hubpages. Some friends are starting new sites, so I may join in with them. It is past time for me to set up a commercial web page of my own and stop counting on space at sites like Squidoo and eHow.

Saving – Two other sites have considerable content that’s crucial for my future writing. One is the MyFamily site which Ancestry.com is closing at the end of September. There’s considerable urgency for me to salvage our family photos and memories stored there. The other site, Our Echo, seems stable, but I need to preserve my mother’s writing and my own from there as well.

Researching - I need to ramp up my research on the Civil War and on my Tower family genealogy. The book about my great-great grandfather depends on thorough work here.

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Writing

 

Tags: ,

I Was Wrong

In a previous post, I shared some upward trending stats on a Squidoo lens. Grasping at straws, I suggested that maybe it was a sign of traffic starting to rebound on the site. I was WRONG.

Here’s the end of Squidoo and in another week, the pages lovingly crafted there disappear. Hopefully people took the lifeline of moving their pages to Hubpages or scrambled to repurpose them for their own web site or blog.

The demise of Squidoo...

The demise of Squidoo…

I’ve deleted manually 37 pages that need not go to Hubpages. Hubpages wouldn’t want my lensographies, Squidoo tips and some personal pages created for quests. Compulsively, I saved even those to my cloud storage with Evernote. Perhaps I can glean a few paragraphs from them to use in blogs. The rest are saved and transfer to Hubpages where I’ll deal with them later.

I feel sad, I feel sorry for anyone depending on the income they’d developed on Squidoo and for all those beautiful personal pages and family history pages that may fall by the wayside. I feel angry that Squidoo tortured all of us for a year and a half before finally setting us free.

If you took your content and escaped last year, consider yourself fortunate. Unfortunately, this is not a new story on the Internet. I survived the debacle on eHow when they killed their Writer’s Compensation Program. We learn a lot for each site and take those skills with us wherever we go online. At least on eHow, they offered a buy-out. I do appreciate the 5 figure check they sent me.

Now, it is onward and upward. There are new opportunities opening for us and new skills to learn. My fingers have been pried away from clutching the rail of the sinking ship. It is sink or swim. For many of us, Hubpages provides a life raft. That gives some of us a little more time to take some swimming lessons if we need those.

 
2 Comments

Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Squidoo, webpages

 

Tags: , , , ,

Is Traffic Rebounding?

The traffic I’ve been concerned about is on Squidoo. After Halloween of 2012, traffic on the site started a free fall. The whole of 2013 might be called the Time of Terror as Squidoo tried reinventing itself causing lensmasters revise over and over all their web pages to meet changing guidelines on the site. Some gave up and took their content elsewhere. Others felt the cold, sharp blade of the guillotine as Squidoo locked their lenses and even locked whole accounts.

Fast forward to the summer of 2014. I hear a few saying they think things are on an upswing on Squidoo. We brighten at any sign of better health. Is it a real recovery or false hope?

Here’s one of my lenses that seems to be back on track again.

This web page is back to its old traffic level.

This web page is back to its old traffic level.

This one is updated fairly often during the summer.

 

 

 
3 Comments

Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Squidoo, webpages

 

Tags:

My Blogs

I probably diversify too much and end up not giving any of my blogs proper attention. The one you’re viewing now is my catch-all. I might promote one of my niche topics from Squidoo or write about a trip I took.

Here are my other blogs:

Discovering Mom is my blog about facets of my mother’s life. She died in 2013 and I’m working my way through the loss.

Finding My Civil War Ancestor follows the searching I’m doing on my great-great grandfather’s life. Hopefully my search methods will help others in their family history project.

Summer in New Hampshire extolls the joys of summer at the lake and in the woods in that beautiful state.

Then and Now shares the family history of the Martin, Joy, Vining, McGhee family lines. My distant cousin and my sister are helping me with it.

I’ve recently started a photo blog on Tumblr called My Solivita. It gives me a place to share my Florida photos and to tell about the lovely retirement community we live in.

 

Tags: , , , ,

Sharing Childhood Memories Online

When Mom was the web master for the Our Echo site, I posted a number of my childhood memories to that site. It pleased me to win one of the monthly writing contests there with my story Remembering My Grandparents’ Farm.

Browse around my list of stories there and you’ll find more from my childhood.

Over the past five years, I’ve posted some topics to Squidoo, so you can read about my Memories of the Five and Dime Store.

More recently I’ve posted memories to the Bubblews site. It’s a combination social site/writing site and many use it as an online journal. Here’s a list of the short posts about my childhood:
I Was a Gypsy Once
Remember Grandma’s Kitchen
Second Hand Christmas Tree
Shirley Temple Wannabe
My Baby Picture
Teen Fashion Fantasies
A Long Ago Christmas
Home Churned Butter

If you want to put your own memories online, I have a page explaining about writing for Our Echo. You can also self-publish your memories using the Blurb website. Here’s my tutorial on that. It makes a wonderful gift for your children or grandchildren.

Need something to jog your memory and start you writing? Use photos to trigger memories.

Cindy, Karen, Ginger, Susan Martin in 1950s

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Family

 

Tags: , ,

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers