Today we are very pleased to introduce eva_writes. You might be surprised to learn that she’s only been on the site for a couple of weeks. Perhaps you’ve seen her around as she’s already had a Review Lens of the Day and has been very active in the community as well. Don’t forget to check out her lenses – after you’ve read our interview.
How did you find Squidoo? I had been reading Squidoo lenses much before I knew what they were. I can remember f. e. how one day I was searching for a graphic tablet and I found a great review with lots of pictures and examples somewhere: it was very comprehensive, much more than what you would find in any online shop (and I ended up buying that tablet because of the review!). But I was confused when I read in the comments how people were referring to that page as “a lens”. A lens? What was that? Then last year a friend of mine told me that she was a member of Squidoo. She knows I like to write and suggested I try and see if I like it too. Since then I had had it in the back of my mind, though it took me a whole year to gather enough courage to sign up and start writing in English.
You have so many interests and, already, a nice variety of lenses. Anything new coming up on your lensmaking list? I’m aware that my lenses are right now somewhat… diverse. I find it’s too early for me to specialize in one field only, so I’m test-driving all possible subjects and formats. On the one hand, I enjoy writing for the challenges: I like challenges! On the other hand, there are many things I would like to talk about, from vegetarian cooking to attachment parenting, recycling and ecology. And did I tell you that I used to work as an architect? That would make for a few interesting lenses too…
What can Squidoo do for you? Squidoo is already doing many things for me, like for example teaching me to write in a more organized manner (although I am sometimes angry at the scorecard if it doesn’t want to reach 100%!). But despite the rules it is also a lot fun: I love when I see one of those cute monsters saying hello from the corner of my screen. Squidoo has certain advantages if you compare it to having your own blog: not only it’s easier to reach a wide public of readers but it also allows you to diversify your topics, because you don’t have to be faithful to a certain audience. And of course there’s always the possibility of earning a little money with your writing, which is without doubt a great plus!