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The Purple Star Lens

Updated on March 22, 2014

Shining Like a Purple Star!

Here I share my purple stars and explain how you can receive a coveted purple star award too! The Purple Star Program on Squidoo recognises exceptional, stand-out-from-the-crowd lenses, or pages, on Squidoo. Only about 1,000 are given out per year.

At present I am very honoured to have 57 purple star awards. This lens showcases the lenses that have received purple stars, and contains a great selection of purple star resources too!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

What's a Purple Star?

"Purple Stars are fairy dust. They're magic. They're surprises. You'll never know when or where they'll arrive--but you'll get a special email if you're bestowed with some Purple Star goodness." - Megan Casey

Purple Stars are awarded to standout, masterpiece lenses that are top quality, try something different, or contain stellar original content. They are special and only 1,000 are handed out each year. You can often increase your chances of being recognised these days by participating in quests that have purple stars on offer for the best submissions.

Originally just for Giant Squids, the purple stars eventually became available to the whole Squidoo community! Although anyone on Squidoo can nominate a lens for a purple star (through the purple star quest program), it's Bonnie (bdkz) and Robin (rms) who do the final dusting on worthy lenses!

So what does it mean to receive a purple star? It means that Squidoo HQ have recognized your lens as being a standout from the crowd lens, which is wonderful in itself! But that's not all. You also receive a permanent purple star on your lens, a lensrank boost, a purple star trophy, and a purple star quest, in which you can nominate another lensmaster's lens for a purple star.

UPDATE! Purple stars are now turbo-charged! Be awarded one, and enjoy a one-time 20% turbo boost in lensrank.

My Purple Stars

Back when purple stars were just for Giants, there were certain occasions where the program was opened up to everyone. I was very proud of my purple stars for the first two lenses listed, as I won them before I became a Giant Squid. Of course, I am also proud of my subsequent purple stars too!

Usually, the best lenses are those that come from the heart. Those that you write, because you LOVE what you are writing about. I never set out to write a "purple star worthy" lens (although I always aim to write a "high quality" lens of course!) and so when I receive one, it is an honour and a surprise. Proof that the lenses you LOVE to write shine through and get hit with the purple brush is below - I have so far made three lenses about Cornwall, a place I utterly adore, and all three of them have been awarded purple stars. Make sense - so remember - always write not just what you know, but what you love!

Here are my Purple Star Winners, in chronological star-winning order!

Do you have a Purple Star?

Have you ever received a purple star from Squidoo?

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How many Purple Stars do you have?

How many of your lenses have received purple stars?

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Do Purple Stars mean the most to you?

Which Squidoo accolade do you like to receive the most? Which has the most meaning for you?

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How Can I Get a Purple Star on Squidoo?

By getting nominated! And to stand a chance of getting nominated, you need to make sure you are producing high quality, original content, stand-out-from-the-crowd lenses.

Unlike Lens of the Day, you cannot nominate yourself for a purple star - you can only nominate other people, and only if you have unlocked a purple star quest by getting a star yourself.

Here are the various ways in which you might receive a purple star:

  1. Through nomination. If someone has unlocked a purple star quest, they can nominate a lens, and that might be yours! If HQ agree that you are purple-worthy, then you're in luck! You will then receive a purple star quest yourself to pay it forward and dust someone else with the purple stardust!
  2. Through a purple star quest or competition. Sometimes quests have purple stars up for grabs, as do certain challenges or competitions, like the SquidWoot, where purple stars are awarded to some of the best entries.
  3. Through being a pioneer. HQ are always on the lookout for top quality lenses in new areas of the subtopics - neighborhoods that are perhaps lacking in content. If you produce a unique and fabulous lens in an empty area, you could get lucky!

50 Shades of Purple!

Yay, I made it to 50 purple star lenses!

Hope you Enjoyed this Foray into Purple Stars! - Please leave your Comments and Feedback here!

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    • Frugal-UK LM profile image

      Frugal-UK LM 3 years ago

      Amazing I started a long time ago and tailed off but have recently returned, so maybe. I like the product review format too

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      Missmerfaery444 3 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thank you!

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      You've done very well - approximately one fifth of your lenses have purple stars.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Color me impressed, and I loved the lens on fairy tea parties, adorable.

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      @LynetteBell: With difficulty!! :) I just try and focus on the best performing ones and keep those updated, and do the others now and again. Thank you for the kind words!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Congrats!...you have lots of purple star but you also have lots of lenses. How do you keep them up to date?!!

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Its quite impressive. I have only two so far but your lens has given me some insight. Thanks for sharing your purple star lenses.

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      You do have a lot of Purple Stars lenses!! I have yet to receive my first one...gotta put some extra effort!

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      Wow! Impressive list of purple star awards. I'm new to Squidoo and still learning the basics. Thank you for the information on how to achieve such an honor. Keep the good lenses coming. If you would like to check mine out and give any advice it would be much appreciated.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Congratulations on these amazing purple stars AND your wonderful lenses! You are an inspiration!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on a great accomplishment. It is nice when you recieve one.

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      WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

      Wow, you sure have a lot of purple stars. Thanks for the great examples and the explanation (and inspiration).

      Now that I have several 100% lenses and quite a few angel blessings, I'd like to work towards getting a purple star (or LOTD - or both). Oh, and become a Giant Squid :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info. It's good to read and read again!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens very much. Thanks

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      I enjoyed to read your lens. My (distant)goal is now to get a Purple Star. Join me on my way!

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      DeboraR 4 years ago

      Congrats on all your Purple Stars. I hope to have at least one some day.

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      @dotcomdiva: Thank you for your kinds words, glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      dotcomdiva 4 years ago

      This has been a fabulously enjoyable lens, and I've discovered many topics you've written about that are areas I want to explore further myself! What an awesome addition you are to the Squidoo community!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Congratulations on a wonderful selection of lenses awarded the Purple Star. Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for the valuable information great lens

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I found this interesting and helpful, thank you!

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      Very great lens and I learned a lot about the purple star award. You are a very talented writer.

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 4 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Great job. You are a great writer and have so many interesting lenses. NO wonder you are covered in purple!

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      TeacherSerenia 4 years ago

      I finally got around to making a Purple Stars lensography and so now you can have it. As of this time of writing, I have 15 purple stars.

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      Yes, thanks for this lens! I've only written a few lenses so far, but I want all my lenses to all be purple-worthy, even if I never get a star. Your lenses provide great examples to aspire to!

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      melissiaoliver 4 years ago

      Thanks for making this lens and for sharing all of your amazing work!

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      It's a great idea to have a lens like this. Just got a Purple Star today !!! yay!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for the information!

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      @DigbyAdams: Thank you so much! Glad it helped and good luck with your Squidoo journey!

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      DigbyAdams 5 years ago

      I'm very new to Squidoo and was wondering what the heck a Purple Star was and what it represented. Thank you so much for explaining what it is and sharing your award-winning lenses. It really showed me what quality Squidoo is looking for in our work. Congratulations on all of your great lenses.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      Great lens and so motivating

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Great lens. Well done for getting so many purple stars. I only have one purple star lens.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful lens! I really enjoyed reading about your many purple star lenses and have been inspired by how many of them you have created so far. I also appreciate the opportunity to submit my own five purple star lenses to your plexo. Thank you and blessed!

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for writing this, I hope to get a Purple Star one day too!

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      MaryThereseBenn 5 years ago

      Interestingand informative. I love King Arthur too!!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Thanks for all of the information, very informative.

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      bwet 5 years ago

      great tips on creating a purple star lens. I'll work hard to create great lens to get them noticed

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Loads of resourses

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      bensen32 lm 5 years ago

      holy purple stars.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Wow, what a collection of wonderful lenses! I'll come back and read all of them when I get a chance. Well deserving of purple stars.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      Really just was wondering what all the big deal was with Purple stars. I'm new to the whole squidoo thing even though I joined back in 2007.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Thank you for the valuable information!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      I only have 2 ... sob sob. But give me time ... I'll catch up ... LOL

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      CTsHeart 5 years ago

      Wow, congratulations on all of your purple stars! God bless!

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      Congratulations on all your purple stars. A very impressive list!

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      I hope my one of lens get Purple star, lets see, nice information dear, I will read your all Purple star lenses soon.

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      RomanticMe 5 years ago

      Wow can't believe how many purple start you have! That's awesome, just got my first one today and I'm so happy

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have 10 purple stars so far...and I think your idea of a lensography for them is excellent. That's my next lens project! Thanks for sharing.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      You have so many purple stars! Congrats! I have to check out more of your lenses

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      You've got so many!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Lovely purple stars!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Congrats on your stars. I've yet to get one or a LOTD but still hoping! :)

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens, I have three purple stars and I wanted to know more about the process that gets your lens on that coveted list. See you around the galaxy...

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Congratulations for getting so many Purple Stars.Your advices are helpful.

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Really nice collection of lenses. Also, this was informative. I was trying to find a good lens explaining Purple Stars and this definitely did a great job with explaining what it is and illustrating lenses worthy of those accolades.

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      littlezotz 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for taking the time to explain all of this!

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      MarkFashionista 6 years ago

      Awesome idea for a lens!!!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      Great collection of Purple Stars. Thank you for letting me add my two Purple Stars.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Very nice collection - congrats on your Purples!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      nice collection of well deserving lenses :)

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Congratulations on all your Purple Stars. Impressive. And thanks for allowing us to add ours.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations for all your purple stars. Hope I'll be able to get one some day. Thanks for sharing this lovely lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on all your Purple Stars! Great accomplishment!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Totally nice, and a very nice showcase of your Purple Star lenses.

      I thinks I will redo mine a bit. ~ Congratulations on you accomplishments.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Purple stars are the greatest. I still remember my first one. Everyone I get is just like the first one: exciting and happy dancing. Couldn't leave this page without giving a blessing from the SquidAngel of Lensographies. Featured on SquidAngel Lensographies.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Very nicely done!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I am coming back to read these. Sounds interesting.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love your Purple Stars. Great idea!