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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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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

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Family

 

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My Squidoo Productivity for 2013

I was off my stride this year with Squidoo, as usually I create more pages than I did in this 5th year on the site. There were big changes, so much of my efforts revolved around rescuing my earlier work and stabilizing it. Each time, I’d say, “Whew, now I’m all set.” Then the next day there would be a new directive or recommendation from Headquarters.

The list below shows the newest ones first and those are mostly in the new product lens format or the how-to format.

For my tracking purposes, I’m listing all 65 lenses (web pages) here that I created on Squidoo this year.

1 Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian Dec 2013
2 Make a Teddy Bear Tree Nov 2013
3 Homemade with Love at Christmas Nov 2013
4 Venison Marsala Nov 2013
5 Cork Display Tray Oct 2013
6 Make a Christmas Village from Cardboard Oct 2013
7 Foot Sanding with the Dremel Rotary Tool Oct 2013
8 Fill a Shadow Box with Treasured Mementos Oct 2013
9 Why I Love My Cobra Oct 2013
10 Label Machine to the Rescue Oct 2013
11 The Ever Useful Rolling Step Stool Oct 2013
12 Comfy Reader’s Swing Seat Oct 2013
13 Add a Fairy to the Garden Oct 2013
14 Everything Is Illuminated – The DVD Oct 2013
15 Stop Freezer Burn with Seal-a-Meal Oct 2013
16 The Best Journal Oct 2013
17 Entertain Your Cat Oct 2013
18 Finding the Perfect Gypsy Costume Oct 2013
19 The Clean Machine – Why You Need a Pressure Washer Oct 2013
20 Halloween Storytime Crafts Sep 2013
21 Ideas for Autumn Mantle Decorations Sep 2013
22 Banned Books Display Ideas for Libraries Sep 2013
23 Junk Pumpkins Sep 2013
24 Remembering Foods from Childhood Sep 2013
25 Fairy Gardening for Creative Kids Sep 2013
26 Exploring the Perkins Hill Cemetery Sep 2013
27 American Girl Doll – Witch Costume Aug 2013
28 Make a Halloween Fairy Garden Aug 2013
29 Collecting Miniature Typewriters Aug 2013
30 Budget Bedroom Decorating Just Like HGTV Jul 2013
31 Become Theodore Roosevelt for a Day Jul 2013
32 Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot Jul 2013
33 Build a Cat Enclosure Jul 2013
34 Albert Vining in World War I Jun 2013
35 Chipmunk Trap Comparison Test Jun 2013
36 Creating a Genealogy Work Space Jun 2013
37 Memories of the Five and Dime Stores May 2013
38 Landscaping with Stone Borders May 2013
39 Facebook for Libraries May 2013
40 Easy Taco Salad May 2013
41 Essential RV Kitchen Supplies May 2013
42 Summer Reading Solutions for Librarians, Teachers and Parents Apr 2013
43 Remembering Summer Time in the 1950s Apr 2013
44 Business Cards for Librarians or Book Sellers Apr 2013
45 Denny’s Easy Paella Recipe Apr 2013
46 Yard Sale Buying Tips Mar 2013
47 Chair and a Half Feb 2013
48 Outdoor Sofa Best Sellers Feb 2013
49 Bestselling Scanners Feb 2013
50 Watch Winders Feb 2013
51 Aviator Style Jackets Feb 2013
52 Bestselling Inversion Therapy Equipment Feb 2013
53 Wine Cellars/Wine Coolers/Wine Refrigerators Feb 2013
54 Storage Benches to Unclutter the Home Feb 2013
55 Bestselling Keyboard Drawers & Platforms Feb 2013
56 Reed & Barton Silver Flatware Feb 2013
57 Fairy Gardens – A Booklist Feb 2013
58 Pinup Tin Signs Feb 2013
59 Ruth Vining McGhee Feb 2013
60 Quilter’s Hobby Cards Feb 2013
61 Making Edwardian Clothing Feb 2013
62 Hall China – Water Pitchers Feb 2013
63 Coral Pillows for a Coastal Decor Jan 2013
64 Virginia Allain’s Squidoo Tips and Techniques Jan 2013
65 Irish Tweed Caps
 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Squidoo

 

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2013 in review – How Popular Was My Blog?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2013. A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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