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Amanda Thomas's Favorite Lenses

Updated on March 1, 2013

I LOVE Reading Lenses

Hello! I'm Amanda and I'm a bit of a Squidoo addict. I love to read and write lenses. It's just so fun to learn from others!

I created this page to tell you a bit about myself and to showcase some of my favorite lenses created by other lensmasters, as well as a few of my own! I hope you'll enjoy reading and learning from these awesome lenses.

(Intro Image Source: That's me!)

What Makes a Great Lense

There are a few things I look for in a lense. Every lense I add here will have at least a few of these things. Of course, these aren't all of the factors, but they are the most important ones for me.

  • A unique topic. I like reading lenses about things I didn't already know about, that come from a unique point of view, or are about something I don't hear about often.
  • Great pictures. Pictures are awesome and I love seeing big, detailed, and/or colorful pictures. Of course, they should also be credited!
  • A cool layout. Sometimes a lense is just laid out in a neat way and that makes it so awesome I want to share it with everyone! I love seeing nice looking lenses.
  • Personality. The best lenses are written by people who love what they are writing about and are able to show their personality and enthusiasm in their writing.
  • Useful information. I love learning useful things on Squidoo. I have learned a lot from lenses! Before I joined I didn't know I could use a stylus with my Kindle Fire, I didn't know they made earmuffs for babies to protect their hearing, and I didn't know that damselflies even existed!
  • Good content to add ratio. There is nothing wrong with having ads in your lense. It is how lensemasters make their money. I do, however, expect a good content to ad ratio. Don't just put up a lense full of Amazon modules. Take some time to talk about the item you are promoting. If you are trying to sell cameras, take some time to talk about what you should look for in a camera. Maybe do a few spotlight modules talking about why you recommend those exact products.

Word of Warning

These lenses are in no particular order. I will add new lenses as I find them and I won't be putting them in any "best at the top" type order.

Also, while you are free to post in the comments asking me to look at your lenses, please don't ask to be added to this list. If I look at your lenses and really like one, I will add it.

Also, don't feel bad if I don't add your lense. Sometimes the topic may just not be my thing. Other times I may just forget to bookmark the lense until I get a chance to add it. Just because I didn't add your lense, it doesn't mean I didn't love it!

Awesome Lenses About Squidoo Tricks

Since I make a lot of lenses, I love to read about how to make them look more awesome. Here are some of my favorite lenses about Squidoo lens tricks.

Squidoo Image Captions: Handy Tip
One of the basic tasks of web design is adding captions to images, whether it's a photo credit or a link to show users, "hey, this image is clickable an...

Feature Lensmasters or Lenses in a Cool Gallery!
Have you ever browsed Squidoo's Monsterboards Pages, which often have a gallery of twenty lenses or lensmasters? As usual, the hacker side of me couldn't he...

Lenses About TV Shows

I have been known to be a bit of a TV addict from time to time. I love medical dramas, crime shows, some science fiction, some anime, and anything by J.J. Abrams. I'm also more than a bit of a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanatic.

Here are of my favorite lenses about TV shows!

The Top 10 TV Shows Like LOST
With smoke monsters, time travel, ghostly apparitions, and a mysterious, ever wandering tropical island, there's very little chance that we'll ever come acro...

The Top Ten Craziest Episodes of Yu Gi Oh GX
Are you a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh? Anime? Or do you just want to laugh at the stuff that makes it onto kid's TV shows these days? Well read on, as I take you through...

Glee Warblers
Ever since the Dalton Academy Warblers, the all male a cappella group, debut on Glee during the Never Been Kissed episode, I've been a big fan. Apparently, I...

David Krumholtz - Actor - Numb3rs
David Krumholtz is an American actor that has appeared on television and in films. He previously starred in the CBS television crime/police drama "Numb3...

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Merchandise
Between brushables, blind bags, cards,and all of the other merchandise being put out every month, it can be hard to keep up. Whether you are a collector or j...

Neat Decor Lenses

While I would call my home's decor "boring" or "average," I love seeing awesome ideas for decorating rooms, or at least finding cute items I can add to my rooms to make them look neat.

Candy Bedroom Decor Ideas
How would you like to create your very own Candy Themed Bedroom? Every little girl (and big ones too!) loves candy, chocolate and sweets, and that's why cand...

Hello Kitty Bedroom Decor Ideas
Hello Kitty Bedroom Decor Ideas: Looking for room decor ideas for your daughter or yourself? Love Hello Kitty and all things girly? Look no further for all t...

Cool Products

Before I joined Squidoo, there are a ton of things I didn't know existed! Here are some of the cool products I discovered thanks to Squidoo.

Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser
Using an electric aromatherapy diffuser you give yourself that extra advantage when it comes to health and well-being. The diffuser is a relative newcomer to...

Best Ear Protection for Babies
Wanting to protect and preserve your child's hearing is a natural instinct. We all worry about loud noises that could possibly harm and cause permanent heari...

Amazon Kindle Fire Stylus Pens - Best Stylus For Drawing, Note-Taking and General Use
Kindle fire stylus pens, or stylii if you prefer, help eliminate fat finger errors, keep your screen free from smudges and fingerprints and enable you to kee...

Lenses About Books

I love to read and spend a lot of time reading on my Kindle Fire. I don't have a big list of favorite book lenses, but I'll keep adding them as I find more.

Origami Books For Kids
Here you will find some of the best origami books for kids that they can use to learn the wonderful art of paper folding. Origami is an awesome craft that m...

Music Lenses

I listen to music of every genre. My favorite band is Artist vs Poet but I'm also a fan of Blake Shelton, Maroon 5, DJ Ravine... I listen to all different types of music. Here are some of my favorite music lenses.

How to Make 8-bit Music
Learning how to make 8-bit music is a journey into a magical realm of retro video games and electronic media. First you must understand what 8-bit music is. ...

Inspirational Pop Music
My daughter got home from a Rachel's Challenge assembly today (3.14.11). It got me thinking of all of the recent hit songs that focus on inspiring people, es...

Food Lenses

Who doesn't love food? I'm a vegetarian, chocoholic, and I'm engaged to a diabetic so I love finding new recipes that fit our needs. Here are some awesome food lenses.

Chocolate Tea Cups and Teapots
We've all heard the phrase 'as useful as a chocolate teapot' but have you ever considered actually eating one? Did you know that chocolate teacups, chocolate...

Kylyssa's Fondant Cakes
Fondant is like edible modeling clay. Fondant can be shaped, colored, cut or molded. It can turn a plain cake into a work of art. If you've seen Ace of Cakes...

How to Make a Vegan Basil Pesto Sauce
This simple vegan pesto is absolutely delicious. The beauty of this pesto sauce is it's versatility. Toss some pesto with your favorite pasta, for a deliciou...

MyWDW Recipes: Lemon Squares
The Crystal Palace at Walt Disney World is the picture of Victorian-era elegance, and, of course, as a buffet is full of absolutely delicious foods to sample...

101 Veggie Burger Recipes - The Best In Meat Free Burgers!
Do you love a really good burger? I do, but those ready made burgers often tend to be dry and disappointing, that is why I decided to make my own, home made ...

Other Lenses

Here are lenses that don't fit into the other categories.

How to Increase Engagement on Video Ads
One effective method on how to get YouTube views is putting a call-to-action on videos. How will this bring about getting views? Annotations, or video overla...

My Lenses

Last but not least, here are some of my favorite out of the lenses I've created! I hope you enjoy them.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Posters
Many fans have been waiting for their chance at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic posters. Many people started creating their own unofficial posters while ...

Indoor Basketball Hoop
The indoor basketball hoop makes a great gift for any basketball fan. There are several different varieties of hoops for inside. There are arcade style hoops...

Gifts for Premature Babies
The birth of a child is always so exciting, but picking gifts for premature babies can be a little more complicated than normal. Not only are many premature ...

Top 5 Pieces of Minecraft Creeper Merchandise
If you play Minecraft, you probably have a love/hate relationship with creepers. You can't help but love how cute and awesome they are. They are pretty much ...

My Little Pony Blind Bags: Wave 1
My Little Pony blind bags are the hottest G4 collectible currently available. Each bag has one two inch figurine of a pony from My Little Pony: Friendship is...

Angry Birds Earrings - Birds For Your Ears!
Angry Bird earrings based off of the hit mobile game? I didn't believe it when I first saw them at the store! So cute and a bit geeky... these earrings make ...

I love hearing from readers. Which lenses did you like the most? What do you look for in a lense?

I want to hear from you!

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I think all listed factors are important, but unique topic, good informations and pictures are most relevant.

    • nolinel lm profile image

      nolinel lm 5 years ago

      You have some really good lenses represented here. Nice...

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      Petzard 5 years ago

      Well... I like a mix of everything;)

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      Moon-Light 5 years ago

      @Amanda: As usual, another good article from you.

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      nicolane 5 years ago

      I don't mind selling modules - as long as there is something to read inbetween.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Very cool idea!

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Thanks for introducing me to some fantastic lenses!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I see I am now not the only one to create a lens like this. Though mine is organized and massive! lol. I am adding start-freelance-writing to my Creative writing lens (though I'm waiting for a reponse to publsih it)

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Nice choice in lenses you have featured here, thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like your criteria for what makes a good lens. "Unique" is key, of course, but my other favorite factor that you listed is "personality." Definitely love when the lensmaster's personality shines through, as yours does here. :)

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      The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

      Hey Amanda, thanks for enjoying and featuring my lens on shows like Lost! I'll have to check out some of these other lenses while I'm here.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely some greats here - thanks for sharing! :)

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