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10 Ways Writers Can Use SQUIDOO Now

Updated on August 30, 2017

SQUIDOO - A publishing platform for writers

Squidoo can be a great tool for writers. For the past two weeks I've been swimming around this vast cyber-ocean and found it fascinating. The more I read about Squidoo and the more I swam around, the more I realized how useful the publishing platform might be for writers. It's easy to do with a small learning curve. There are plenty of easy-to-read guides and helpful people known as Giant Squids and Angels who are more than willing to offer help and guidance.

If you're a writer interested in publishing or self-promotion or sharing your passion, this site is for you. And it's no small wonder, after all, Squidoo is the brainchild of marketing guru Seth Godin..

10 Ways Writers Can Use Squidoo

For play, practice, publishing and promotion

  1. For new writers who want or need to practice their craft, creating a "lens" is perfect. By its nature a lens is organized and has a tightened focus, plus you have the reward of publishing a finished lens.

  2. For writers who look for other writers, Squidoo is designed to foster community. You are encouraged to read, to comment and to learn from others. The communal spirit and willingness to help is phenomenal.

  3. For writers who seek ways to gain attention for their online work, creating lenses can help with cross-promotion, backlinks and all that other handy stuff needed.

  4. For writers who work on other projects but want a quick change of pace, creating a lens is a playful and productive way to free the mind and let it spin.

  5. For writers who are deep in research, creating a lens about a particular place, event, person or topic may be a productive way to deepen your thinking about the subject, gather your thoughts together, and, in the process, produce and publish a lens.

  6. For writers who have out-of-print nonfiction work, creating lenses by re-purposing content may be a quick way to revive old material.

  7. For writers who want multiple ways to promote their books, creating lenses that focus on the book, the topic, or an aspect of the story or relate their writing process might lead to new readers.

  8. For writers who are in search of some extra income-and who among us isn't?-creating lenses may, over time, help fill a writer's piggybank.

  9. For writers whose minds are stuck and who can't turn on the writing engine, creating a lens might ignite the subconscious, trigger an epiphany and get that writer over the blank page hump.

  10. For writers who like to practice their skills but insist on a productive and useful way of doing so, creating a lens may provide a way to keep the keyboard clicking and their mind ticking.

Squidoo Belongs in my Writer's Tool Box - Tell us why you would use Squidoo

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Wisdom for the web writer and Squidoo writer

Seth Godin founded Squidoo so he's probably a good one to read if you want to understand the ideas behind this virtual writing community. Susan52 shares her Squidoo writing tidbits in her online blog, too.

Seth's Blog
Seth's Blog

Always succinct and provocative. Read what the founder of Squidoo, Seth Godin, has to say each and every day.

 
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

Seth Godin, Squidoo's founder, challenges his readers once again to push boundaries and do the extraordinary.

 
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Are you part of the Squidoo tribe? What exactly is Seth Godin talking about when he talks tribes?

 

More Ways Writers Can Use SQUIDOO

  1. For writers who like to diversify and write for more than one publishing platform, create lenses that work in tandem with other sites and set them up as couplets. For instance, I do a Bucket List lens for a type of person here and then a Gift Ideas for the same type of person on another platform and cross-link.

Is SQUIDOO a Good Tool for Writers?

Would you add SQUIDOO to your writer's tool box?

Writers and Writing

Visit the rest of my Squidoo pages below. Also, visit my websites and join me online for future updates and info.

Vikk Simmons on Squidoo & Online FB page

Down the Writer's Path (writing, publishing)

DownTheWriter'sPath FB page

Houston Angle (Houston, travel)

Houston Angle FB page

Your turn. Share your ideas on how SQUIDOO helps writers. - Or is SQUIDOO just another online waste of time?

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Squidoo helped me to write on a certain topic and help a lot of my friends to find certain things but I don't consider myself a "writer". You have to see it from the fun point of view and be happy about it. Very nice, enjoyable lens:=)

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      I had some topics I wanted to talk about in a personal way, and Squidoo is the ideal venue for that.

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      Sniff It Out 6 years ago

      Squidoo is a great place to start if you want to start writing online. You can find so much help and inspiration here to improve your writing skills.

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      golfspice 6 years ago

      Learning new things all the time and hopefully improving writing skills.

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      george185 lm 6 years ago

      Writing on Squidoo can really train you on how to grab and keep a reader's attention. Most readers are only here for a moment before they make a decision on a lens.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      @blessedmomto7: Using Squidoo to encourage kids to write is a terrific way to go. It's interactive and multimedia which seems to be what attracts and engages folks today.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      So many ways so little time! :D

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I am using Squidoo as inspiration. I have found so much I had never heard of while perusing Squidoo lenses. It has been a real education!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      @Sojourn: Thank you very much!

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I use Squidoo in our homeschool to get my kids writing. My daughter is addicted. She has more lenses than I do!

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      Squidoo is not an online waste of time if it's done correctly. Any online writer will find squidoo as a great platform as it offers flexibility, freedom and amazing tools & modules to help us write a great catchy articles. I also love the Squidoo community who always helps each other out. It brings squidoo journey to a whole new level --- Blessed ---

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I think Squidoo is what you make it. It can be a waste of time, but it can also be a very useful tool for writers and business owners.

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      You can use it to build links to your author blog and book site. :)

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I love the interactive opportunities on Squidoo because they make it easy to engage with readers and other writers.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love using Squidoo to develop topics. Right now I have 2 lenses that will eventually turn into self-published books using blurb.com. It's a great place to put writing that that is enhanced with photos and support material. Few other sites support that.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      I really enjoy writing on Squidoo. I enjoy writing, period, but it's great when I can display my articles with text, polls and so on. In addition, I enjoy reading comments people provide - not only to me but to others, as well. It's always disappointing when there is no guestbook on a lens.

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Pursuit of my best. Practice, practice, practice.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      If you try Squidoo with the intention of using it as it was intended, it forces you to get better. The feedback, the community, the wanting to contribute something of value - it all huddles around you and lifts you up. It's a great place to learn and grow. I truly enjoyed your writing style, too. You seem to pluck the perfect words out of nowhere and put them together so smoothly I had to follow the link to your blog and it looks like you have some great tools I could use to practice. Thanks!

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Squidoo helps writers by encouraging beginners to take tiny steps in the right direction, receiving all the help and critiques needed to gain experience and confidence. Because it is a community, you can get help, take advice, and see how the "experts" do it.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great Squidoo writing tool ideas. Great lens.

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      I like this format so much because it gives you such a wide spectrum of ideas and how to present them. Add the monsters and angels and you have an even more original motivational and inspirational base. Great lens, by the way.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Squidoo is a waste of time only if you're "not" a writer. Copying and pasting or trying to sell a "get rich quick" scheme is a monumental waste of time. Being a "writer" on Squidoo pays in some form or other. At the very least, a person can learn to be a better writer, and that is actually quite priceless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Informative but written in an interesting way, as you always do, Vikk. As a fellow writer, author and blogger, I can truly say that you have a unique way with words. Very talented!

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      If it is, I've done a lot of it. In reality, it's a great use of time.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      I wont say Squidoo is a waste of time. If done correctly, it can do wonders to writers, bloggers and anyone who would want to get a name online.