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Run Towards Giant

Updated on November 29, 2012

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!!

Title Mosaic created with Andrea Mosaic. See my lens for more information.

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?

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as of 1/6/2011

50/50 Great Lenses reached 12/29/10

My Squidoo "To Do" List
My Squidoo "To Do" List

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?

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A Mosaic of My Knit Bee - My most popular pattern to date.
A Mosaic of My Knit Bee - My most popular pattern to date.

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!

The Application is Submitted!
The Application is Submitted!

In Your Opinion...

Is a lensography of my lenses I consider great a great lens?

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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..."

My Harry Potter Knitting Patterns lens was selected as Lens of the Day on 1/06/2011!

"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?

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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.

Please leave your honest opinion

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    • auntjennie profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Congrats on becoming a Giant Squid and on the purple stars.

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      7 years ago

      BRAVO for you! This is a fabulous and fast moving journey you've taken.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lensography, and I like all the interactive polls too!

    • mini cheong profile image

      mini cheong 

      7 years ago

      Wow, after reviewing some of the greatest lens on Squidoo, I feel like I am worlds apart from it LOL

      Awesome Post

    • jptanabe profile image

      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      You'll be a Giant no question - great job!

    • sheriangell profile image


      7 years ago

      My goodness you have accomplished so much so fast, very impressive. I am certain you will make it this time and am wishing you the very best of luck.

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      7 years ago from Oz

      Good luck for your giant squid application. It's so great to see your plan & all your great lenses. It inspires me to improve the quality of my lenses and now I'm aiming for March 31st deadline =)

    • ChemKnitsBlog2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @KDimmick: Thanks, good luck to you, too! I'm actually going for March 31, since I'm supposed to focusing on my dissertation (the defense is in Feb). :)

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      8 years ago

      Good luck! I'm aiming for Dec 31st too - I was great seeing your plan :)

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      8 years ago

      I don't know - I don't think I can pick out anything wrong! Honest!

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 

      8 years ago

      Good luck, I'm positive you can get there - just think of how great getting that email feels.

    • MikeEssex profile image


      8 years ago

      Good Luck :) I joined in November too and am aiming for the March deadline. We can do it!


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