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Have You Hugged a Squid Today?

  1. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    The poor things really have been beaten up lately. And in more ways than one.

    It really isn't their fault that their hubs were featured before they had a chance to edit them.

    For that reason, I deferred on my Amazon squid-harpoon purchase.

    And as to this thread title, you can start with me if you want to. Technically, me and my one former lens do qualify.

    But seriously, do give some of the others a hug. Or, if tentacles make you nervous, a kind word or two will do. smile

    1. profile image0
      sheilamyersposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I fully support the former Squidoo members. It wasn't their choice to leave their home and have their lenses featured before they had time to fix them up a little. From all I've heard, all of them are working hard to make edits that bring them up to HP standards. For some, that's a lot of hard work and time because they have so many lenses.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Well said!

      1. paradigmsearch profile image86
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks. smile

    3. MelRootsNWrites profile image90
      MelRootsNWritesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      This really hit the spot!  Thank you!

      1. paradigmsearch profile image86
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        You are welcome. smile

        Meanwhile, maybe some of us can also  lend some moral support at http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/125368 . smile

    4. norma-holt profile image72
      norma-holtposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Oh I am battered and blue from banging the keys and trying to get my lenses back into some kind of shape. I need a hug! This will take me months to overcome. Sorry if the page is a bit wet - tears you know.

      1. Lionrhod profile image89
        Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        *Hug*

  2. The Examiner-1 profile image79
    The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago

    I am with paradigmsearch.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Looks like we are a cult of 2 for the moment. big_smile

  3. stuff4kids profile image93
    stuff4kidsposted 2 years ago

    *Squidgey Squidey Hug*

    1. lisavollrath profile image91
      lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Too tight. Can't breathe.

      1. Sed-me profile image81
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        lol

  4. janshares profile image89
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    I feel awful about it and expressed the same in Paul Edmonson's thread when he first revealed what the deal is. I know the Squid transfers don't need or want our pity but they are really getting a bad deal. Sorry guys, HUGS. sad

    1. ologsinquito profile image92
      ologsinquitoposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      +1

  5. tazzytamar profile image85
    tazzytamarposted 2 years ago

    Thanks so much for the sweet post! It's really lovely to meet people who are so supportive. I was with squidoo for only about four months and I had some ideas on interesting topics to write about, but it quickly became apparent that squidoo wanted short "articles" full of sales modules - I mean 20 amazon capsules for sometimes only a 600 word piece!! I'm so glad this transition happened because squidoo ultimately wasn't somewhere you could write about serious, meaningful topics that were of interest to you (or anyone else)! HP has definitely encouraged me to write in a more polished way and create better content. I wish I had picked hubpages five months ago!!

    Anyway, I'm working on deleting and editing as many ex lenses now hubs as I can each day; but it isn't easy when you have a young baby! Thank you again for the kind words smile

  6. Arachnea profile image83
    Arachneaposted 2 years ago

    Yup! What paradigmsearch said.

  7. Ann Hinds profile image79
    Ann Hindsposted 2 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words. Makes me want to rush and finish the remaining 28 hubs that I have been avoiding.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You are welcome.

      HubPages is one of the kindest, gentlest websites on the planet. It really is. smile

      1. lisavollrath profile image91
        lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Does this mean you've taken the harpoons off your Amazon wishlist?

        1. paradigmsearch profile image86
          paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          No. There is this certain black and white bear roaming around...

          1. lisavollrath profile image91
            lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Bear traps! We need bear traps!

            1. paradigmsearch profile image86
              paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              If only Google would bear with us...

              1. lisavollrath profile image91
                lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I see what you did there...

                1. paradigmsearch profile image86
                  paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Bear with me... Bear with me...

          2. Marisa Wright profile image94
            Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Aren't they a protected species?   On second thought - go for it!   I'm right behind you.

            Actually, well behind you.   It looks awfully big.

            1. lisavollrath profile image91
              lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Humane traps, of course. We're sending all the pandas back to China!

  8. Cari Kay 11 profile image93
    Cari Kay 11posted 2 years ago

    I'll take the hug!  Thank you!

  9. Suzanne Day profile image96
    Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago

    Excellent thread title!

    Yes, I'll hug a Squid!

    1. norma-holt profile image72
      norma-holtposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Here's a hug back with thanks.

  10. LisaMarieGabriel profile image82
    LisaMarieGabrielposted 2 years ago

    Me too. I will take the hug. The good thing about this whole mess is that the sort of articles I used to write on Squidoo that got nowhere in lensrank because they didn't have clickouts or sales going for them are probably going to do much better here long term.

  11. Cari Kay 11 profile image93
    Cari Kay 11posted 2 years ago

    I must admit to feeling a sort of giddiness at deleting old lenses of mine.  Over and over there, I kept hearing, don't delete...don't delete.

    Well, I'm deleting and it feels good.

    Group hug

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Any of them that you think are salvageable, you can just unpublish them and work on them at your leisure. smile

      1. paradigmsearch profile image86
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Update: And any hubs you've already deleted, you can change your mind and undelete them within 24 hours.

      2. Cari Kay 11 profile image93
        Cari Kay 11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        No, I'm enjoying deleting them.  I never cared for them much.  My passion is in writing about personal experiences.  Those were pages I felt compelled to write about at Squidoo.  Never cared for them.

        There is a freedom in hitting that delete button...really, there is (but I'm also only allowing myself to delete a few a day so I don't go overboard).

        1. paradigmsearch profile image86
          paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I like this one, http://carikay11.hubpages.com/hub/Chrom … a-Who-knew . Made me wonder if there is anything similar for AMD. smile

          1. Cari Kay 11 profile image93
            Cari Kay 11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thank you so much.  Yes, that is a page that is near and dear to my heart (but was never a lens, only a hub).  It really is amazing what they are doing now.  Would be wonderful if there was something similar for AMD.

        2. Suzanne Day profile image96
          Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          You are going to love writing here then!

          Look, there's nothing wrong with product hubs here, as long as they have good original content to go with them. But if you don't like this style of writing, you will really love HP!

          1. Cari Kay 11 profile image93
            Cari Kay 11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            That's what I'm hoping! While Google is figuring out its plan of attack, I'm just sort of lying low here and playing with Bubblews (having a surprising bit of fun with it too!) but I do think this will work out well now that I've figured out what works and what doesn't.

  12. ologsinquito profile image92
    ologsinquitoposted 2 years ago

    I think the payment method on Squidoo dictated the style of the articles. (My own articles there had too many product links as well.) Squidoo did not lend itself to articles that had no product links, if someone was writing with the intention of being compensated for their efforts.

    1. Suzanne Day profile image96
      Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Well the great thing here is that you don't need any product links at all to make money with the HP ad program. And those types of hubs seem to be a bit more immune from Panda rollercoaster effects! At one point I only had products in one of my hubs. The rest didn't and relied on HP income and they did OK.

  13. Chris Tyler profile image79
    Chris Tylerposted 2 years ago

    I've been evaluating and outlining changes to see how many of my lenses I'm even going to try to save. I've only got 16 lenses and I'm already seriously considering joining a monastery.

  14. ologsinquito profile image92
    ologsinquitoposted 2 years ago

    Hi paradignsearch, I had 18 lenses and deleted my lenslets and for the rest I just removed excess product links. I will go back and give them another look tomorrow, but I got rid of the worst offenders yesterday. I may end up with just a few former lenses, but it's preferable to having thin content.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      What with me and my one-and-only lens, I had an easy time of it. I just threw out all the Amazon capsules and called it a day. lol

      1. Suzanne Day profile image96
        Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, that's what I did 1 year ago and have been earning steadily since then. Now the Amazon program calls to me 'cos it gave me 50c the other week.....dammit, now I will have to figure out the Amazon creature.....

      2. lisavollrath profile image91
        lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I actually went in while my lenses were still editable on Squidoo, and stripped all the advertising out of every one of them except one. It made me VERY happy. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with that last one. It's a list of films about art and artists, and I was using the Amazon modules to provide the appropriate artwork. I don't feel good about doing that here.

        1. Suzanne Day profile image96
          Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Keep it anyway. I'm deciding to have a couple of Amazon hubs (like review lists) with good original content in them too, then I have separate hubs with no products at all. That way, it will be easier to find and delete Amazon capsules should that action be needed in the future.

      3. norma-holt profile image72
        norma-holtposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I am also getting rid of Amazon products as fast as I can. The problem is with so many lenses it is taking ages.

  15. Suzanne Day profile image96
    Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago

    I'm imagining Amazon as a cute little white fluffy rabbit. We whisper sweet original content into it's ear, pat it and persuade it and it goes and makes lots of baby rabbies (ie commissions).

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image79
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That is funny Suzanne. lol I am still waiting for mine to do that.

  16. Lionrhod profile image89
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    You guys are all giving me a case of the warm fuzzies.

    Except I'm no longer a Squid.

    Or even an ex-Squid.

    I'm a Hubber now. And happy to be one.

    Thanks for the welcome here. We new Hubbers really appreciate it.

    Next day or so I'll make it official by publishing my first hub that was born on HP.

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image79
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Would you accept a new Hubber?

      1. Lionrhod profile image89
        Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Would I accept being titled a new Hubber? Or would I welcome a new Hubber into the fold?

        Either way, the answer is yes.

  17. Sed-me profile image81
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    What a nightmare. I am bummed when I have to edit a forum post, I can't imagine having a ton of hubs to edit quickly. Yuck! Hang in there! Personally, I don't care how long you take, but then I'm only here for the free donuts. smile

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image79
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Do not forget the coffee -- or tea if you do not drink coffee.

  18. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 2 years ago

    I don't do hugs but I feel we may be settling in the new normal.  There are some Squid posters I read on the forums who make some sense, and some fine content too coming across.  From my pov we have ALL been hit or not hit by the merge / Panda / whatever - so yeah - here's a nod of recognition.

    1. Lionrhod profile image89
      Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Mark, you've been honest that you haven't been comfy with the move. And I appreciate knowing why. And I absolutely adore your cartoons.

      I hope we'll all integrate in a way that makes everyone's hubs better.

 
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