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Gearing up for Halloween with Squidboo Lenses

Maybe it seems a little early to be thinking of Halloween, but Squidoo lensmasters (webpage makers) are all buzzing about SquidBoo lenses. The thinking is that a webpage needs a little aging, polishing and creating of backlinks before the holiday season. The Get Cracking crew have a challenge going on in August to make thirteen Halloween lenses using the SquidBoo format.

I wasn’t going to attempt it after working so hard on the fifteen lens challenge last month. Daily I see the challenge topic for the SquidBoo lens posted on Facebook. My mind starts churning with ideas, but I tried not to get drawn in as I have a ton of non-Halloween ideas that I want to develop into lenses.

I couldn’t resist, so here are the Squidboo lenses I’ve created in August:

  1. I started off with Fun Halloween Costumes for Couples. Memories of all the great Halloween parties I had came back to me. There was Karen Quinn in her Glenda the Good Witch costume and John in his Munchkin outfit with the big lollipop. Ah, great memories, so why not encourage couples to dress in fun Halloween costumes.
  2. While working on that one, I found some great costumes for book lovers. I pulled these together in a lens called Book Character Costumes: Go Literary for Halloween. It includes Gone with the Wind characters (Rhett and Scarlet) and Prince Charming. There’s more, but I want to hunt down additional  ones like some Jane Austin character costumes. This one falls in the same category as the Costumes for Couples, so doesn’t count towards the challenge. Each challenge lens needs to be in a different Squidoo category.
  3. One category was for foods and recipes, so I combed through Squidoo and made a lensography featuring all the weird cakes and desserts, Halloween drinks and spooky foods that other lensmasters had made. It turned out quite good and should be perfect for anyone looking for Halloween themed foods for a party. It’s called Halloween Party Foods.
  4. While researching the party foods, I ran across some great Zazzle products featuring Halloween drinks. They are perfect for the vampire set or for any Halloween party. Again, this lens won’t count towards the challenge. It’s called Halloween Drink Recipes. I ought to subtitle it “I want to drink your blood,” as most of the drinks have a red color from cranberry juice or other red ingredient.
  5. The one I created for the car category is Halloween Golf Cart Decorations. This one was inspired by my Golf Cart Fun lens. It got some traffic at Mardi Gras time and the 4th of July as I had photos of carts decorated for the holidays.
 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in holidays, Squidoo

 

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Critiquing My Lowest Ranked Lenses

I’m always trying to figure out what makes a lens (webpage) on Squidoo a winner. Perhaps looking at what isn’t working will help me figure out what will work. These lenses are from the bottom ten percent of my Squidoo list. Feel free to visit one or two and send me an email pointing out some faults or suggestions for improvements. I’d love to have them critiqued so I can fix them up.

  • What Is a Do-It-Yourself Club is not a subject anyone is going to look for, I’m afraid. It’s a bit of a new concept, so people aren’t searching for “fixer-upper cooperatives.”
  • eHow Zazzlers Showcase suffers from the lethargy that overtook eHow writers after the big changeover to Demand Studios. We had a group for eHow Zazzlers on the eHow site, but most have dispersed to other sites now.
  • A No-Cost-Makeover Party for a Room in Your House is a spin-off from watching HGTV shows. Maybe I need to play up the HGTV connection more for it.
  • Vintage Cars from My Family Album is one I meant to add more to. Maybe I’d better freshen it up.
  • Miserable Childhoods Make Great Biographies is a good booklist. I’d better look at my keyword density in the introduction.
  • Homemade Ice Cream was made for the original Get Cracking challenge. Since then, I’ve neglected it.
  • My To-Read List was mostly for my own convenience to have a list of what I wanted to read. If anyone else stumbles on it, that’s a bonus.
  • I Found My Online Twin was mostly for fun. Finding someone with the same name as myself and other similar hobbies and age and appearance was intriguing.
  • Make a Thrifty Christmas into a Merry Christmas needs some freshening up before the fall.
  • Make an Easter Basket for a Lady Golfer is out of season, so I don’t expect anything from this until spring.
  • Sharing Recipes Online
  • Movies to Watch Again and Again
  • Haunted House in Chelsea is one I’d like to boost.
  • See the Spectacle of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Kansas Gifts of Tote Bags, Mugs, T-Shirts and More
  • Baby Vampire Costumes was to get ready for the Halloween shopping season. I have another vampire lens and a bats lens so they should share traffic.
  • Walking Off Thanksgiving Calories
  • Red Sox Spring Training
  • Donate Crutches to Haiti
  • Create a Catalog of Your Lenses
  • Wildlife Photo Gifts by Virginia Allain
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    Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Squidoo

     

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    Seashells and Summer Memories

    We all do it; pick up a pretty shell at the beach and take it home to remember the magical time at the beach. Unfortunately once we have the seashell at home, we’re puzzled about what to do with it.

    My friend, Sandy Bassett arranges her shells, some sand and other beach artifacts in a pretty, clear glass bowl. It looks fabulous on a table or shelf. I’ve built a webpage to show off her method of using those seashells. I’ve also included other crafty ideas from artists and even Martha Stewart.

    Check them out and you’ll be pulling those seashells out of the drawer or the shoebox where they’re stashed. One of the most popular ideas on the webpage is filling the clear-glass base of a lamp with shells.

     
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    Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Crafts, Home, Squidoo

     

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    I Met the July Challenge on Get Cracking

    The challenge was to make fifteen lenses in the month of July. They had to be on 15 designated topics. Actually about 30 topics were posted so there was the option to skip some.  I ended up making duplicates in some categories, as I just wanted to make some even if they didn’t count for the challenge.

    Here’s what I created in one month. The reward is getting to chose one of my lenses (Squidoo’s name for a webpage)  to get a purple star and to chose a lens by a friend to get one also.

    Ramona and Beezus: from a Book… 

    13,250   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic     07/29/2010

    Should God Bless America? Join…

    18,630   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic     07/25/2010

    Five Ways to Get Rid of Snakes

    21,161   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 20 $0.00 07/12/2010

    Loon Gifts for All Lovers of L…

    35,348   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 07/25/2010

    Flame Painting on Hot Rods

    44,867   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 6 $0.00 07/03/2010

    Draw Cartoon Dragons

    45,571   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 10 $0.00 07/04/2010

    49,280   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 2 $0.00 07/31/2010

    Momisms – Sayings from Moms

    50,796   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/17/2010

    Libraries Need Friends

    53,438   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 07/22/2010

    If You Liked Angela’s Ashes, T…

    53,916   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 4 $0.00 07/19/2010

    You Know You’re in New England…

    64,703   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 5 $0.00 07/28/2010

    Stretch Soup into a Whole Meal

    65,577   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 4 $0.00 07/11/2010

    Jack O Lantern Ideas

    65,621   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/25/2010

    Handyman Business Cards

    70,846   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 3 $0.00 07/16/2010

    Lake Forest RV Resort: Photo G…

    79,637   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/27/2010

    Green Living in the 1930s

    96,998   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 2 $0.00 07/19/2010

    Lladro Cat Figurines |

    115,026   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic     07/10/2010

    Love or Hate ATVs?? Join the D…

    115,770   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic     07/09/2010

    Fantasy Art: Dragons

    120,450   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic     07/02/2010

    Ginger? I’m a Ginger. Are You …

    121,439   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.57 07/19/2010

    Baby Dragons Are Cute

    135,829   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 07/04/2010

    Vintage Lady Golfers on Mousep… 

    149,395   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 1 $0.00 07/28/2010

    You Can Afford a Maid 

    156,572   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/16/2010

    Sciatic Nerve Pain

      1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic    

    Fun Facts about Chipmunks

    171,778   1 - I can do better 2 - Jury's out 3 - Pretty darn good 4 - Splendiferous 5 - Awesometastic 0 $0.00 07/02/2010

    New Hampshire Lakes Region His…

     
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    Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Squidoo, Uncategorized

     

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