Thank You, Squidoo
As I have been looking at all my old Squidoo lenses, copying them, and editing them, it has been like looking at the history of my writing online. I started at Squidoo and was very active there for several years. Many of my first lenses were inspired by taumatic events – the deaths of my mother and my children, the termites attacking our house, frost killing my tomatoes, etc. Those were some of my best lenses because I wrote them with passion. Unfortunately, I also included one or more photo galleries in each one and they were a pain to copy into usable form for the transfer. Those are among the 61 lenses I will transfer to see how they will do. If HubPages can't display them properly, I'll take them back.
Those first two years on Squidoo portray a lot of my life. I was amazed to learn that I had also made over $500 during those five years on Squidoo. I know that many people made more, but this was the first time I was ever paid anything for doing what I love – writing.
I also saw how my writing improved over the years. It's a joy to know that some of the best of that writing will find a new home on HubPages where it has a chance to make even more. I'm waiting impatiently to see how HubPages can translate the lenses into hubs without too much damage, since many modules have no capsules that compare. Videos on HubPages capsules get no space for the introduction that the video modules on Squidoo allowed. The same was true of Amazon modules. I'm wondering if duels will be deleted or turned into polls. If not, I'll go back and make polls of them. I deleted all my quiz lenses, since I don't think they would be able to stand alone on HubPages. They were almost impossible to copy because the guts of them were hidden in edit mode.
The big revelation for me was, though, that the lenses I copied before deleting contain enough good material for a couple of new websites and the transformation of others. I believe blogging is not my strong point because of the constant pressure to post consistently. What I need to do is turn some of the Wordpress sites more into content than blogs. I'm acutally getting excited about completely changing a local website I started ten years ago into a Wordpress content site.
I have been recording local history for years now and seen many changes. History doesn't require frequent updates, but new content can be added to the site as a whole as more history is made. I can use the site to market my Zazzle products made from photos of local scenes, as well as some Amazon. It will take time, but at least I will enjoy it. If my local hubs don't do better than they did as lenses, I can unpublish them and add them to the site. I can expand by interviewing old-timers about local history. There is so much I can do.
I'm going to remember Squidoo fondly as a training ground that motivated me to write so much down I can now use to do what I wanted to do at the beginning. Back then there was no Wordpress to make it easier. Now there is no limit but time to what I can build. Best of all, I will own it and make my own rules and stop jumping through the hoops that the content writing sites put one through. I really can be my own boss. Can you tell I'm excited?
Anyone out there have some advice for me?
The photo is one of many businesses that have occupied this building across from the park in Paso Robles, California. It is currently the Downtown Brewing Company.
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