Today we’re pleased to introduce you to tcaldy, a wife and mom who wears many other hats including that of Squidoo lensmaster and RocketSquid student. Learn more from our recent interview:
How did you find Squidoo? The first time I saw Squidoo is when my sister in law wrote something on Facebook about one of her relatives writing for Squidoo. It was TheHonestWebGuru writing about Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies. I went to the lens to see what it was all about. I’d never heard of Squidoo before. I decided to sign up and write my first lens.
Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? Of the lenses I’ve made so far, I suppose I’d have to say that Make Your Own Beautiful Basket is my favorite. Of all the lenses it still gets visits and I think it has the most comments. Basket weaving is my passion. I have a small hobby business doing weaving, but mostly I do it because I love it. Weaving for others is an outlet to share my time and talent with other people. I have a few sales, give some baskets to charities that are close to my heart, give quite a few as gifts and more recently I started to do some historical reenactments and do weaving demonstrations as well as a little bit of teaching. I think that Make Your Own Beautiful Basket showcases some of my best work, plus gives readers a free pattern for making a basket of their own. Of all the lenses it is also the one I’ve worked on and edited the most.
What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? I think it would be difficult to nail down one tip to help Squidoo lens makers, but I guess that my advice would be to inject as much of your own personality into your lens making as you possibly can. I think anyone can write something. I could be wrong, but I think we have to offer our reader something and maybe that something could be a little bit of ourselves. I can write about a topic, but why is that topic special to me, and how in this little chunk of time that I have with my reader can I pull them into my world, sit down for tea as it were and share this material with them. If I had any other advice it would be to read and reread your material (hopefully before you post) I’ve fixed more stuff after it went live than I care to admit. I’m not sure I have all the answers yet, but I’m working on it.
Be sure to take a few minutes to visit tcaldy’s profile page and check out more of her lenses. If you’d like to sign up as a RocketSquids University student, just fill out this form. We’d love to have you!