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Farewell, Squidoo!

Updated on September 12, 2014

Wow, I can still make a lens!

I'm sitting in a class right now, but I was curious about whether I could still make a lens for the last time.

Since I succeeded in doing it, I'll leave the comment module open for anybody who wants to say anything.


(The photo is a random pic of my son when I caught him asleep at church.)

My thoughts about Squidoo's demise

OK, I don't know anything about big business, but I always wondered whether the staff that Squidoo had was too small to be able to do good quality control over such a huge number of users and lenses.

I would be interested to hear other people's thoughts about this. Or anything else about the end of Squidoo that you don't mind saying in public.

What are your feelings right now?

What's your emotional reaction right now to the end of Squidoo?

Why I started on Squidoo

Actually, I was inspired by something Seth Godin said: "Everyone is an expert on something." I questioned in my mind whether I agreed with that, and I realized that I really was an expert on something -- gospel choir directing. Next thing I knew, I was writing my first lens.

What I got out of Squidoo

It inspired me to write and share. I wrote lots of choir articles, I wrote fiction, I wrote some off-the-wall musings, and I did some (really good and helpful) curation.

And the biggest thing Squidoo inspired was my business, I can only be grateful for that.

Where my content is going

I've started a separate area on my business website for the choir directing articles. My more personal writings will go on my old personal blog. Pop music writings will go on my little-used music blog. And for the product-oriented things that have some goo writing in them, I started a new "shopping" blog.

I got a total of 80 points for starting this lens, adding an intro picture, and publishing it.

I wonder what level I'm at now.

As I recall, I almost made it to Level 80.

Speak your mind! - Only stuff that you don't mind saying in public

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      I loved Squidoo, and shall miss it. I am very much enjoying HubPages, but Squidoo was a horse of a different color. I find it very hard to compare the two.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Nice to see you here Joan! I'll be looking out for new hubs from you in the near future.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting. I enjoyed being a writer on Squidoo for over three years. Now I have been on HubPages three weeks now and I love it, have settled in well.

      Looking forward to continuing writing here, as nothing has happened.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Welcome to Hub Pages, Joan! Transitioning can always be a challenge, but we always adjust. I have to say that I'm really impressed with your writing. I look forward to reading more of your future hubs!

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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I have nothing to say about Squidoo. But as a pastor, I really hope that photo of your son wasn't taken during the sermon!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I was never on Squidoo. I know it had a sort of rabid cult following, and I've actually seen bumper stickers for it. Contemplated joining but never did, looks like it was good that I didn't. Welcome aboard!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I had a lot invested in Squidoo. Now I have to wonder where and how to promote my Zazzle products and many thing that won't work here. It was a journey that is a shame to leave.

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      Joan Hall 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      @ecogranny: Yes, it was at a time when people were wondering exactly when the capability for creating/editing lenses would be shut down (it was supposed to be a particular day, but did that mean at exactly midnight? and in what time zone? etc.).

      So I hit the "Create a lens" button to see what would happen, and when it worked, I went ahead and made a lens, for the last time. It was actually the first time I had ever made a lens on my iPad, so I had to choose one of the photos on my iPad as the lens photo.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Is this the lens you started? If so, it's already on HubPages! I think I said everything else in the duel, above, so I won't repeat myself.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      I think they could have survived, if they would have moved to correct some problems earlier. I guess that is all water under the bridge now. I'm moving on.

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      Shorebirdie 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I'm not sure what I feel because Squidoo really didn't do much for me, but I've been a member for a long time. It's like losing a friend, but not a close friend. There are some things I like about Hubpages, such as the fact that earnings are based on performance, not ranking or levels. But, I don't like the policy on not being able to sign or watermark my own photos here on Hubpages. So, my feelings are mixed.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      HM. Things I don't mind saying in public right now. That limits the skewed pool doesn't it? ;). I will say this. The demise of content sharing platforms such as Squidoo, Yahoo Voices and others has created a huge need and a market with no where to go. Google is of course funneling them to other pages but these type of platforms got huge numbers many of whom liked what they saw which is why they kept coming back.

      There's a huge gap to be filled right now. A creative mind that could pull it off could make more money than Seth has. Wishing you all the best.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Levels are a thing of the past as I have been told here. Although they may be in writing articles, you're always at the top in my book. Glad you're here.