Today, say hello to lensmaster and “proud RocketSquid” (her words) Marlemac.
How did you find Squidoo? I actually found Seth Godin by reading about him somewhere else on the web, I forget now where, and found out that he started a community based platform called Squidoo. Squidoo? What kind of name is THAT? He’s awesome, so I came to have a look and needless to say, found a great community and an awesome way to create webpages. I found the Lens Workshop cumbersome to work with then (2009), simply because my internet connection in South Africa was SLOW, but thought it was a pretty cool way to approach things. Kinda like building a puzzle, but making your own puzzle pieces along the way! Totally awesome.
I disappeared from the internet for a whole lot of years then because of not having decent affordable access, but I’m back now and loving the new look and approach, although it was challenging at the beginning, saying things in your own words, especially with the (still) limited time that I have – I run a very physically active business with my husband. But it’s refreshing to see the accent on original when it’s so easy with social media to copy and spread other’s words and images nowadays, and I’ve now finally found my voice thanks to joining the RocketSquids!
The new Workshop is also SO much better and faster to use, so thank you to the talented team that keep on improving the site! And thanks, Seth, for dreaming this up. You’re a genius!
Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? I’ve made a couple so far since I’ve returned to Squidoo, and have also deleted a whole lot from the past that no longer represented who I wanted to be here and were just re-hashed from one of my blogs (so could run afoul of the original clause) but one of the ones that survived all of that is my Lens on Land Art.
It’s a Lens that kind of just happened and that grew out of my search for texture, pattern and art using Mother Nature. I love natural textures and patterns and when I found out there were people who exploited this to make the most astounding pieces of expression on a sometimes HUGE scale, I needed a place to bring it all together, and a Lens was the perfect solution! We truly have some amazing people on this planet and it was a joy to find them and feature them and their art all in one place in a community that I knew would appreciate it. As photos are the only things that remain once nature has obliterated their art, a Lens on their lenses *tongue in cheek* was the perfect way to capture their magnificence by displaying their photos.
What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? Only ONE? Weeeellll….okay…Join the RocketSquid University! If you REALLY want to find out about Squidoo and what makes it tick, get stimulated to create and get some great feedback on your writing and lensmaking from awesome people, then this is the place to be!
I decided at the end of 2013 that my writing was non-existent and that I really needed to get it going again, so I returned to Squidoo just to see…Well, the Squids sucked me in, the currents took me past the RocketSquid Rock and I decided to hop on and explore. It was the best thing for my creativity AND writing. It challenged me to think out of the box by doing Quests I wouldn’t have thought of doing if I didn’t have to…and it did exactly what I needed. It kicked my butt into writing, writing, writing. Now I’m on a roll and I am finally starting to get to what I actually want to write about and I’m all fired up and know what and where and how and…see?
Squidoo is an awesome place in the ocean of the web. There are great people leading the community and you’ll find most of them on the RocketSquid rock island. And from there you’ll find all the streams to the other awesome GiantSquids and their rocks where some more amazing titbits await. Follow the currents and you’ll find the most astounding Squidverse Community EVER! And your fellow RocketSquiddies will form your first contact group of Squiddies that you’ll swim with and give and get support to and from. Your first Squid Tribe!
And to provide a cave somewhere under your own rock: Create an unpublished lens with all the links to the rocks you’ve found with valuable information that you want to come back to. The lenses with advice, the pages at SquidooHQ and RocketSquid Answer Deck and Lensmaking Tips, all at your fingertips and organised neatly for your eyes only, or eventually maybe even published for others’ benefit too.
I’m looking forward to many more years and lots more lenses and sharing on Squidoo. (Have I used the word Awesome too much already…?)
Learn more and see marlemac’s complete list of lenses on her profile page.