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The Lowdown On Squidoo Quests

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 5.18.36 PMWe’ve got lots and lots and (one more) lots of quests available on Squidoo in a huge range of topics.

The main reason we send quests is to help our lensmasters find ideas for creative new lenses.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard the words, “Wow, if it weren’t for that quest, I wouldn’t have made this successful lens.”  We love that!   That’s why we want to send you as many ideas as possible to help you create new review lenses as well as regular lenses. In fact, most of the time people ask for more quests than we have available.

Some of you may find the additional quests on your dashboard overwhelming.  Our policy on quest taking hasn’t changed.  Quests have always been and will always be voluntary.  You are never obligated to take one AND we certainly don’t expect you to take all of the quests you receive in your Quests tab.

Think of these quests as a way to spark your imagination.   We’ve recently started a new project to make sure you get as many varied quests within certain topic areas as possible. We’ve now got a group of Squidoo Contributors who are busy working on new curation lists full of great ideas for your next lens.   They’re also spreading the word about their topic area to help bring more readers to the lenses that are created in their topics.  These people are excited and inspired and inspiring and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.  You’ll get to meet them in the coming days and weeks as we share their profiles here at SquidooHQ.

Please keep in mind that we try to tailor the quests you receive to match your main areas of interest as per the lenses you’ve made in the past but unfortunately that isn’t an exact science just yet.  So, if you are sent a quest that doesn’t interest you, simply ignore it and move on to the next idea. Once a quest expires it moves off the list.

How many quests are too many?  When it comes to generating ideas for lenses, there’s just no way to know and probably never enough.

Think about it.  If you find one single new idea that you love per week via our quests, even if you ignore all of the other quests that were sent to you, you’ll have 52 GREAT lenses by the end of the year.

Wouldn’t that be awesome?!?

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Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/partybuzz partybuzz

    I love the quest! They give needed ideas and a challenge to do a great lens. I don’t do a lot of them, because some just don’t apply to me, but the more the better. Keep them coming. Thanks Squidoo! :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      You’re doing it exactly right by only doing the quests that interest you. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Anonymous831 Anonymous831

    Im new here, and very excited about the quests.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/wolftyrs wolftyrs

    I really appreciate all the new quests. There are a lot I skip over because they don’t spark an inspiration, but, of the last four lenses I’ve made, all were inspired by quests. Some were topics I haven’t written much on; others new angles in topics I already write about. In years past, some of my most successful niches were new topics I only tried because I was prompted by quests you and Bonnie posted. So I’m looking forward to seeing how these do, and what they might lead to.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      Thank you for sharing about your experience with our quests. So happy that you enjoy them.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    Well said, as always! The quests are very inspirational I think! Looking forward to hearing more from and about the contributors.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      Thank you Merrci!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/esmonaco esmonaco

    The more quests the better, it does spark all kinds of ideas. I say keep them coming!! You are correct, there are things that I would have never considered writing about until I receive the quest. Thanks for all your help Squidoo!!!!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/raveonstudio raveonstudio

    I love them, always something interesting – wish I had time to do more!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/PaigSr PaigSr

    To be honest at the end of the year I had only two quests remaining. They seamed lonely. Also that is the least I have had in a very long time. Now I have many, many and (one more) many to work with. And none or close to expiring. The new layout for the quests is a great starting point for me. I don’t tend to always review from the choices given but they do start me thinking. And even if I don’t finish the lens in time for the quest it is still being worked on for a later release. Anyway you look at it a quest is a wonderful way to inspire ideas in you. So try not to feel bogged down by too many quests. Remember to do what I do and take a step to the side and look at things from as many angles as possible. Its amazing what ideas will come forth.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    Even though I don’t do them all, I like getting new ideas for topics I haven’t considered. So many have spun off into other lenses as well.

  • serendipity831

    I love the Quests and lately so many of them have inspired me to create more lenses. It’s a win/win! I really appreciate all the hard work you all do. I know it takes a lot of time and effort, so I just wanted to say a huge “Thank you”!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Charito1962 Charito1962

    Hello. In the past couple of months, I enjoyed participating in the movie review quests. May I suggest that you come up with a quest on popular worldwide restaurants, fastfood chains, or food brands. What do you think?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/katiecolette katiecolette

    Thank you for making the quests voluntary. It’s great to have an option to work with a topic if you have the time for it :) I have participated in several quests, and I appreciate the inspiration.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    I love the Quests, just wish I had more time to do more of them. What can I say, if I don’t know about something, it gives me the opportunity to learn something new yet again……Stretch that brain!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ComfortsOfHome ComfortsOfHome

    One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start doing more of the quests. A great way to get an idea for something to write about.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie veryirie

    I totally love the quests too. I also have made quite a few well-received lenses that were specific results from a quest challenge. Many of those very lenses wouldn’t exist but for the quest. :)
    To be completely honest, I do just find it overwhelming and a little difficult to go through a huge list of quests though. I do read every quest given and usually can decide at that time if I’ll be making a lens for that quest. If not, I would LOVE to have the opportunity to delete a particular quest from the list to save me time in the future. This way, only the quests I’m striving for will be listed until I’ve completed them.
    Otherwise, every time I see the list it keeps growing and I AM getting overwhelmed and find myself having to reread the particulars on many just to keep things straight again.
    It’s just the way my brain works. :(

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      Thanks for the feedback. It’s kind of like a food buffet. You probably won’t eat all of the foods offered but they are there if you want them. The most any average lensmaster has is about 20 quests (which is actually a pretty short list) and they come off the list when they expire so adding a delete or hide button hasn’t been a top tech priority.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/leahjsongs leahjsongs

    A large percentage of my 100+ lenses were inspired by Quests. Sometimes I have so many of my own ideas floating that I can’t nail any one of them down. The Quests offer a way to zero in on a topic of interest, or spark related ideas for future use.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/prosperity66 prosperity66

    One new feature I’d enjoy seeing on Squidoo is the ability to turn off Quests and related news from our dashboard. I never do quests and now my dash is filled with so many of them that my activity stream has become unreadable… Such an option would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/poemsthatdance poemsthatdance

    Thanks for clarifying what the quests mean and their purpose. I’m pretty new to lens making. Are the quests listed somewhere where one can search for them or are they sent every couple of weeks? What other ways can one search for popular topics that people might be interested in?

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/PaulOnBooks PaulOnBooks

      There’s a Quests tab in the set near the top of your dashboard. Click on that and you’ll see active and completed lists.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

        Thanks Paul!

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/poemsthatdance poemsthatdance

        Thanks Paul- I’ll take a look!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/trevorjb1406 trevorjb1406

    I’ll get around to a Quest one day but finding my way around squidoo is enough for the moment being a newbie!

  • gloria freeman

    It’s great when I look at a quest and know it just right for me. I don’t do many of them but please keep them coming. I love the ideas they spark.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/NanLT NanLT

    There are many quests which don’t apply for where I am wanting my Squidoo account to go. Is there any possibility of adding a “delete” button to remove those quests which aren’t applicable? It would make it easier to see what remains – especially at times like now when I have nearly 20 different quest options sitting there unwanted.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/getmoreinfo getmoreinfo

    I think quests are fun because they give us new ideas to write about.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/sierradawn sierradawn

    The best lenses that I have made, were created for quests. I never seem to have enough time to do as many as I want, but I love having this constant supply of new ideas!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/eiramarie_0726 eiramarie_0726

    Thanks it was a really handy for me.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/paperfacets paperfacets

    It may be true some people are wondering why the Quest tab is so full? I ignore the ones that do not interest me, and do the ones that fit my mind bent. There is a skill to ignoring. The nuances of ignoring can make one very happy.

  • http://basichealthybalance.wordpress.com/about Marlene McPherson

    Quests have definitely sparked some light in hidden corners of my past that I forgot I had lenses hiding in! Since I joined the Rocket Squids to get me out of hiding, I’ve really enjoyed writing about things I didn’t even know I would like! Thank you Quest Squids!

  • Shoshana Edwards

    I just got my first quest today. It was one I couldn’t do, since I don’t own any of the products available for review. But I’m looking forward to seeing more quests. I can see where these little gems will lighten some very interesting alleys.

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