A Squidoo friend on Facebook mentioned the challenge and posted a link to the forum. Since I’d been traveling, I’d missed hearing about it until it was ten days underway. Sigh, I’m starting with a handicap, but can’t resist participating.
I chose What Is an Old Book Worth? for my lens to prep for tier one. For those unfamiliar with Squidoo, the tier system dictates the monthly payout for the lenses. Tier one has been paying about $20 a month for each lens that maintains the rank for a month. To be in tier one, a lens must be ranked at 2000 or higher. I currently have four lenses in tier one, but would love to get more moved up to that level.
One advantage I have in the challenge is being able to see what the other lensmasters are doing with their lenses to boost their rankings and what techniques are proving effective.
The lens I choose is ranked at 24,000 right now, but has been as high as 11,000, so I know it has potential. First I need to create some backlinks for it (this blog entry makes one backlink and posting it in the Squidoo Forum counts as another).
I worked hard on the editing and arrangement of my mother’s memory pieces into a book called My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing up in 1930s Kansas. It’s available in paperback at blurb.com. She was thrilled to have her writing turned into a book for family and friends to get copies.
It turned out that the book had a wider audience and the local historical museum carries it in their bookstore/giftshop. Even more satisfying, is the book was selected as the 2010 winner of the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award. The award was announced at the Kansas Authors Club convention last week.
I hope that will lead to more libraries ordering the book for their collection and also more reviewers commenting on the book in various magazines. The author (my mom) has a fan page on Facebook. There’s even a book club guide for the book.
I’ve created some webpages to feature background information about the book. Take a look at those for information about feedsack dresses, raising a baby badger and other topics related to the book.
Every now and then I take a good look at my lens that are lurking at the bottom of my lens list. Here are the laggards for this week:
Photographing Flowers was just updated today, so I’m hoping it will move up a bit. I found a great YouTube video giving flower photography tips and added it.
Homemade Ice Cream is really overdue for updating (154 days). I should trade or sell this one if I won’t take care of it.
Improving eHow Articles was updated today with a blackbox telling anyone viewing it that they can’t write for eHow anymore. That sort of obsoletes much of the advice in this lens, except I did tell them to add backlinks and edit their eHow article to keep Google happy.
Dog Cookbooks for a Gourmet Pooch is only 24 days old, so maybe I need to tinker with the keywords to reach an audience. I’ll check to see if Google doesn’t like it or what the problem is.
Create a Catalog of Your Lenses was made to tell lensmasters how to make a comprehensive catalog of their lenses using Squidoo’s categories. Maybe no one wants to do this.