Today’s interview is with new lensmaster and RocketSquid student HannahRaeSong.
How did you find Squidoo? I found Squidoo a while ago when looking for ways to write for websites or magazines. Squidoo seemed particularly brilliant since I would be able to write whatever I liked, and of course there is the added bonus of being able to potentially earn a little money through it, which as a student is definitely an attractive prospect!!
Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? My favourite lens so far is actually my “What links Sherlock, coal, the Boar War and Oscar Wilde?” lens, simply because it was great fun to write and has a personal connection to my family as it is about my great-great-grandfather’s collection. It was never anything I expected anyone except me to be interested in, but I published it anyway and was pleasantly surprised when I had people liking and commenting on it! My most popular lens at the moment is the Kate Rusby music review, which I loved writing too because it is a favourite album of mine. I think one of the lovely things about Squidoo is the way the most unusual and unique topics can actually be the best.
What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? It’s difficult to really think of a one-size-fits-all tip for a new lensmaster, because I think Squidoo is whatever you make of it, and the way you write, and what about, is so individual that my advice probably wouldn’t apply to most other people! However, I guess an important thing for me, something I am still struggling to learn, is to not be too perfectionist and concerned about getting the lens absolutely spot on. Write it, then check it a few times, and when you think it is at a good standard, just click publish….remember you can go back and change it as much as you want! In fact, it’s great to keep it updated regularly, so publish first and then make those tiny finishing touches. My Kate Rusby review was sitting in my works-in-progress section for ages, basically unchanged from when I first sat down to write it. I was still unhappy with it but couldn’t work out what to change, so on impulse I pressed publish, in the hope I might at least get some criticism so I could know where I was going wrong…next thing I knew, it had been given “best-of” status. While it is good to want your work to have a high quality, it doesn’t have to be perfect for people to like it, so just go for it and see!