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Thinking of Custom Christmas Cards?

I love how one can create unique holiday cards using Zazzle or Cafe Press. My sister took a marvelous photo last year of her Maine Coon cat sitting under the Christmas tree. It was such a delightful photo that we turned it into a Christmas card on Zazzle.

Now anyone can order it here:

A Maine Coon Christmas Greeting Cards
A Maine Coon Christmas Greeting Cards

I must say it turned out lovely. I’ve ordered cards from Zazzle in the past and the quality of the printing and the weight of the paper stock is excellent. Proceeds from the sale go to my sister. She’ll probably spend it on cat food for Olive, her Maine Coon cat.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Zazzle

 

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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

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Libraries

 

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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.

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Writing

 

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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.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Squidoo, webpages

 

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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.

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Squidoo, webpages

 

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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.

 

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