As I browsed around Squidoo sampling lenses (webpages), I kept finding great history ones. It inspired me to make a series of lensographies to organize these and make them more accessible. To do this, I’m collecting the lenses into groups by decade. Here’s what I’ve completed so far:
So far, I’ve found topics for each decade that I put under categories like cars and transportation, music and dance, books and authors, movies and entertainment, famous people, politics and events, etc. I’m not quite sure who the audience is for these. Perhaps students will find them and sample the different topics. I think I’ll keep going backwards. The 1940s, 50s and 60s are covered pretty well, so the older decades interest me more.
This gives me the opportunity to feature some of my own lenses on history. I have What’s a Cakewalk? which I included in the 1920s lens. In the 1930s lens, I put my lens on Feedsack Dresses and Green Living in the 1930s.
What Is a Shivaree? fit under the category of customs for the 1930s. I also put The Old-Fashioned Pie Supper in that category. It is quite a bit of work combing through Squidoo to find the topics and look at each one to see if it is suitable and covers the topic decently. I may not make anymore for the series until I see how the lensrank does over the next month or two. Often it can take four or five months for a lens to get Google’s attention. Maybe if I work on my backlinks here and on List My Five, I can boost them sooner into activity.
UPDATE: The 1920s webpage was honored as Lens of the Day on Squidoo this week. Actually it was featured for three straight days and had over 500 viewings. I guess this means I’ll be making more of these pages on the different decades.