Run Towards Giant
Becoming a Giant Squid
I joined Squidoo on Nov 1, 2010. By the end of November, I had already published 60 lenses, and had one in tier 1, 5 in tier 2 and most of the rest in tier 3. I am going to defend my dissertation in early Feb 2011, so I did not want to apply for Giant Squid by Dec 31, thinking that I really should be focusing on finishing my degree.
I have had a really nice reception on SquidU, which has given me the confidence to step out of my knitting niche into other topics that interest me. Yes I have a lot of lenses, but if I saw some of them in the Critique Me forum, I would have a lot of things to suggest. The lenses that I feature here are ones that I feel truly proud of.
The next Giant Squid deadline will be March 31, 2011, and I had planned to wait for this deadline. Feedback that I received through this process convinced me to through my name in the hat for the Dec 31 deadline. In this lens, I will be describing my journey towards to becoming a Giant Squid. What lenses do I have that could be considered "great"? I am receptive to any feedback any of you may have.
On January 6, 2011 I received the "Congratulations! You're one of our newest Giant Squids!" email! I did it!!
Keeping track of my "greatness"
I am going to turn a critical eye to my lenses, and add the best of the best to this lens. As of the creation of this lens at the end of November, 2010, I do not know how many of the lenses I should consider to be “great”, but I hope to find a few that reach that level!
Are you a Giant Squid?
Are you a giant squid?
I AM GIANT SQUID!!
as of 1/6/2011
50/50 Great Lenses reached 12/29/10
How I plan to reach Giant Squid status
My outline, "Squidoo to do" (screen shot of the preview with multiple pages). I have many ideas on how to improve my lenses, but don't necessarily have time to complete them right away. I have a word document where I have (most) of my current lenses or future ideas listed so I can flesh them out. When I am stuck without internet, I can write and think about how I will craft a lens, making the actual assembly happen much faster.
How long did it take you to get 50 lenses? - They may not be great, but they're made!
Approximately how long did it take you to make 50 lenses?
How did I get to 50 lenses so fast?
A question I've heard a lot this week
This week, a few users have asked me how I have been able to accomplish so much on squidoo in such a short period of time. I decided that I should share some of my story with you here.
I've been blogging for over two years, and through this writing I have accumulated a lot of content; book reviews, links to free knitting patterns, free patterns of my own design, and photos of these projects. This made the creation of knitting lenses really simple, since I already knew the resources I could draw from. Applying the style I have for knitting projects to other crafts, or even gift guides, was simple. I keep a word document with ideas for new lens topics. When I have ideas for modules or content for within that lens, I add it to the outline. When I feel like creating a new lens, I go through this outline and choose a topic. If I am without internet and bored, I go and write some introduction paragraphs. All of this helps keep writer's block at bay.
I have yet to choose a lens topic that requires substantial research before I can start working on it. This has allowed me to create a number of lenses really quickly. I am also working really hard to procrastinate on my dissertation. I am at the point in my thesis where I am working on editing photos (changing fonts of legends, making things consistent from chapter to chapter) so my discovery of squidoo has provided a welcome break.
Today is my 1 month birthday on Squidoo. I was thrilled when some seasoned lensmasters thought that I was a veteran. This must mean that I'm doing something right!
We're Half Way There - Livin' on a Prayer
25/50... I'm half way there! And I'll make it, I swear ;)
My Harry Potter Knitting Patterns lens earned a purple star on 12/06/2010!
My Dyeing Yarn with KoolAid lens earned a purple star on 12/08/2010!
I give up!
After receiving two purple stars in two days, I gave up on my plan to wait until March 31, 2011 to apply to be a giant squid. I turned in the Giant Squid Application on 12/9/2010. What's the worst that can happen?
The Application is Submitted!
In Your Opinion...
Is a lensography of my lenses I consider great a great lens?
I am calling these featured lenses "great" but this is just my personal opinion. I will never know if these or others are considered great by the powers that be. Hopefully I will inspire you to share your own journey to Giant status.
My Chemistry of Hope lens earned a purple star on 12/22/2010!
"We are hoping to notify the new Giant Squids and Top 100 Club by Friday, January 7th..."
"We had hundreds of applications this round and raised the bar in our search for Squidoo lensmaking excellence. And you didn't just meet it; you vaulted over it. Thanks for the wonderful work, dedication, and for believing in what you can do here."
January 6, 2011 - I am a giant squid!
What do you think?
Now that I've reached the end... Do you think I have 50 great lenses?
Writing is a very personal process, and each of us have different preferences for what is a good lens. I welcome any critiques and suggestions you have to help me achieve the Giant Status.