Monday, June 30, 2008

Bob Marley, Reggae Legend

I have liked reggae music for over half of my life. I started listening to Bob Marley at age 15. I bought my first Bob Marley poster and t-shirt at age 16.

Now years later at age 32, I made a lens highlighting some of my favorite Bob Marley Posters, CD's, and T-Shirts.

Marley is a legend that teaches love, peace, and justice. Sadly, his life was ended too early but his music lives on.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Stephen Huneck and his Dog Chapel

I am a huge dog lover. My dog, Sequoia, really is my best friend (besides my wife of course). I have grown up with dogs in the house and they have a special place in my heart.

I recently stumbled across the artwork of Stephen Huneck. He does amazing artwork and dedicates his life to dogs.

He even started the Dog Chapel near his home in Vermont. A the Dog Chapel, Huneck's artwork is featured and it is a place where people can come to honor their lost pets.

I am now a big fan of his work and I am eying one of his paintings in particular for a Christmas present to some friends of ours who are also dog lovers.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Promising New BioFuel

It goes to show that lens ideas can come to you at any moment. Tonight I was watching Megyn Kelly do a report on the high fuel costs in the U.S. when I learned about a very promising biofuel source that is used in other parts of the world, but not very much in the U.S.

This source is Jatropha plant. It is far more efficient fuel source than the foods that we are currently converting into biodiesels. It is also drought resistant and can thrive in a variety of PH soils.

We really need for fuels like this to gain in popularity to help our economy. Converting to jatropha can potentially help to bring down both fuel and food costs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Strategiclly Updating Lenses

I have been attempting to update more of my lenses of late and I have seen an increase in traffic and lensrank.

But not until I read CaptainSquid's recent post did I consider more strategically updating my lenses. I highly recommend reading his post, Sneaky Squidoo Lens Label Trick, to learn more about why and when you should update your lenses and how you can help organize your dashboard when you have hundreds of lenses to manage.

For now, I am just updating lenses on my different accounts that are on the edge of tiers. After the beginning of July I will start labeling my lenses into tiers like the Captain is doing to help notice changes in traffic and performance.

Friday, June 13, 2008

My First Go At The Squidoo Superheroes Project For Charity

Tonight I made my first Superhero Charity lens, on the founder of Vitamin Angels, Howard Schiffer.

Howard Schiffer has helped to save thousands of children from blindness and has also done important work in providing proper nutrition to the poor around the world through is important non-profit organization, the Vitamin Angels.

If you have not heard of the Superhero project, it is designed to help raise awareness of people who are everyday heroes. They can be people who directly influence your life, or just someone you admire from afar. The important thing is to raise awareness about the good that these people do and to help raise money for charity.

To learn more about the Superheroes project visit the Squidoo Superheroes CoBrand.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Promoting Your Own Website With Squidwho

I love Squidwho. I think the layout is great and it is easy to make a lens look good.

Tonight I made a lens originally with the intention of promoting my audio book store. There you can download audiobooks and have them ready to play within minutes. You can load them to an iPod or burn them to disc.

I made my lens on the controversial Dr Laura Schlessinger. Squidoo is great because as a website owner, I can use Squidoo to build links and traffic to my own websites, but at the same time, I can monetize the website with Squidoo's built in system.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Being a Squid Angel

Being a squid angel is an honor and I feel very privileged to be one. It is also a great responsibility. I find that I do give far more thumbs up than thumbs down.

What I look for in a lens to bless is quality. Sometimes, the lens already ranks high. These lenses are held to a higher standard than a lower ranked lens when I look to bless it. To bless a high ranking lens, it has to look good, have original content, and have that certain something that makes it stand out.

For a lower ranked lens, I may bless one if it has great content. These lenses are often not as flashy looking as the higher ranking lenses, but I like to bless these for encouragement and to give the lensmaster a reason to keep up the good work.

The lenses I ding downward are typically spam. They may have a module at the bottom of the lens with nothing but stuffed keywords, or they may be just copy and pasted, thrown together lenses.

If you have a lens that you would like for me to review for a blessing, feel free to leave a comment here with your lens URL. If your lens makes the cut, you may just find a boost coming to your lensrank.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Longest Word In The English Language

I feel like the only time that I have been on Squidoo of late has kept me updating my groups. My Natural Health Group has been a lot of work reviewing every lens and only allowing and featuring the best.

Tonight, I needed a break and made an experimental lens. I wanted to see what kind of traffic a lens could get as an oddity. I made a lens on the topic of antidisestablishmentarianism.

I'm looking forward to see if this lens gets any traffic or interest to speak of.

I'd like to encourage my readers to try the same thing from time to time. If you ever have writers blog, or need a break from a tedious lens, make a fun, quick and light hearted lens just to mix it up and see what happens.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Adding Sites In Featured Lens Modules

Thank goodness for Squidu. I went there because I was at a loss on how to add an lens to be featured in my Natural Health Group.

I did a search on and found these results.

To add an lens, Christine Suggested: "for:
use: best-cameras-ever"

Sure enough, it worked great.