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Love Those Loons

I keep trying to take loon photos and being unhappy with the results. My new camera, a Canon Powershot SX20is has the zoom needed for capturing the loons, but I’m leary of taking it out in the boat where it might get wet or dropped or damaged.

I did find some great loon photos on Zazzle and other loon gift items on Amazon, so I created a webpage for anyone looking for loon gifts. Check it out if you love loons too. I put some interesting loon videos, links and lots of gift items featuring loons (mugs, t-shirts, mousepads, woven throw, books, plush stuffed toy, figurines, etc.)

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2010 in Birds

 

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Those Cute Chipmunks

Rodents aren’t supposed to be so darn cute. After a mild winter this year, the chipmunks in New Hampshire are having a population explosion. It has given me an opportunity to try out the zoom on my Canon SX20is. Capturing digital images of the little critters has been fun.

What isn’t fun is the interest they’re taking in my strawberry patch. I have a photo series of the brazen culprit turning the large red strawberry around in his paws while nibbling daintily on different parts of the ripe fruit. Then we found they were even abscounding with the smaller green strawberries. As my husband waved his arms and stomped into the garden, a chipmunk took time to stuff a not-yet-ripe strawberry into each cheek before running away to safety.

Chipmunks are great tree climbers.

Chipmunks are great tree climbers.

I have several webpages about the chipmunks. The one about Ten Humane Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks is proving quite popular. Apparently, I’m not the only one suffering from an over-abundance of these rodents with racing stripes. The second one is Fun Facts about Chipmunks and the target audience is children, but I’m finding that it appeals to adults too. It includes some of my chipmunk photos and observations that I’ve made of their behavior.

Update (July 2011): Since people wanted ways to more permanently get rid of chipmunks, I’ve created a new web page called Get Rid of Chipmunks – The Final Solution. Of course, new chipmunks will try to move into the territory left vacant by any that you have relocated or killed. Be prepared to continue your efforts every summer.

Eastern Chipmunk in New Hampshire

Eastern chipmunk (photo by Virginia Allain)

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in New England, Photography

 

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Promoting My Webpages Using Redgage

I’ve been posting my articles from eHow and my webpages from Squidoo to REDGAGE.  Just now and then, I take a little time and add my links on Redgage. It is supposed to help the Google ranking on my articles and lenses to have more backlinks.

While putting on a few recent lenses, I noticed that I’d been a member of Redgage for a year now. Time flies when you’re having fun. During that year, I’ve posted 512 items to the site. It only takes a few seconds to upload a link or a photograph to Redgage.

Usually I get a few comments and friend requests while I working on my postings. There are quite a few people using Redgage that I already knew from Squidoo and eHow. It’s great to see familiar faces.

During my year on Redgage, I’ve had 7210 Total Unique Views, won one contest ($25) and had a photo featured ($10). Although I’m not getting rich on the site, the pennies keep adding up. I’ve earned more than I expected, since my main motivation for posting links on Redgage was to get backlinks for my articles and lenses.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2010 in Internet, Squidoo

 

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“Nobody Likes Me”

Remember being a little kid and wailing the words, “nobody likes me.” Mom always hastened to reassure me that just because Mary wouldn’t share her ice cream and Sandra was too busy to jump rope, didn’t mean they didn’t like me.

Now with content on multiple websites, there’s the internet equivilent of “nobody likes me.” I have to remind myself that I probably just haven’t put the right keywords on a Squidoo lens or a blog posting or an eHow article. Here’s a list of Squidoo lenses that haven’t had a thumbs up or like from any viewers. Usually that means it’s getting outside views but not being seen by Squidoo lensmasters who are pretty faithful about rating other lenses when they read them. Sometimes, it means no one at all is even stumbling across the lens. That’s really sad.

Here’s my lenses that currently feel like orphans:

Title Rank Rating Visits $$$ Edited

Favorite Eating Places for Sol…

46,130   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 6 $0.00 07/10/2010

Decorating with Neon Bar Signs

57,455   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 5 $0.00 07/08/2010

Haunted House in Chelsea

57,760   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 7 $0.00 07/01/2010

Teterville, Kansas

68,347   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 2 $0.00 06/29/2010

Kissimmee and Old Florida

84,348   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 4 $0.00 06/12/2010

Golden Wedding Stamps Online

108,947   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 7 $0.00 05/05/2010

Holland: Memorable Books

115,967   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 3 $0.00 02/21/2010

Lake Forest Resort – Bulletin …

121,194   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/07/2010

Cynthia Ross – Kansas Author

135,360   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 06/28/2010

Donate Crutches to Haiti

137,497   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/03/2010

Red Sox Spring Training

137,527   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 4 $0.00 03/05/2010

Finding Poinciana, Florida

138,565   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 5 $0.00 03/21/2010

BBQ Aprons for Men

140,266   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 7 $0.00 06/21/2010

Small Town Kansas: Reading

148,169   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/08/2010

Too Much Stuff

158,370   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 06/10/2010

Fun Facts about Moose

191,323   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 06/19/2010

Bertha McGhee

210,697   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/01/2010

Create a Catalog of Your Lense…

221,385   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 06/28/2010

Wildlife Photo Gifts by Virgin…

229,133   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/07/2010

Snow in Orlando – December Eve…

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247,828   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 06/16/2010

Kansas Gifts from Zazzle Featu…

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Internet, Squidoo

 

Thieves Stole My Writing!

I recently created a webpage promoting my favorite clog (Sloggers). Being an Amazon Affiliate, I put lots of links to Amazon so people could buy their own Sloggers. They aren’t that easy to find in stores, so I figured my webpage would help all those Slogger fans out there looking for them.

Yesterday I checked how the webpage was doing and was pleased with its page ranking on Squidoo (8,700) and the number of visitors. Then I glanced at the module I’d put on it about Bloggers Buzz about Sloggers. It changes regularly as Google picks up comments on Sloggers from the blog world.

Aack! Three of the comments in the Bloggers Buzz were just a repeat of the introduction rave that I’ve used on Squidoo. I clicked on the links to see what was happening. Sure enough, there were three webpages out there selling Sloggers and using my exact wording. This is totally unacceptable.

I did some searching about stolen content online and found out that I need to file a DMCA complaint.

In the meantime, if you want to see what was worth stealing, check out the introduction to my Squidoo webpage called Sloggers: The Best Clog Ever.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2010 in Squidoo, Uncategorized

 

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