Friday, December 25, 2009

Have you met Seth Godin?

Seth Godin launched Squidoo in 2006 -- that's why you are able to make all those beautiful lenses!

Seth is also the author of Business books! Have you read them all?
"Seth makes sense" - has become my motto as I continue to learn from Seth's blog every day and read his books! If you are feeling lost in this huge internet marketing world, do study Seth.

Start with Tribes --

Friday, December 18, 2009

Squidoo Step by Step

Squidoo Step-by-Step is the guidebook to answer all your Squidoo questions -- have you seen it yet? Published by a group of successful lensmasters, this guidebook includes all the details -- how to create, market, and get traffic to your lens!

Take a look at Squidoo Step By Step right now! Download your copy! Enjoy!

PS Think you know everything already? There is always something new to learn at Squidoo! :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thank You, Squidoo Event Log

My friend, Michey, at Squidoo Event Log provided a big boost to my new Squidjoan business today. Thank you, Michey!

If you want to know more about how I am creating lenses for creators at Zazzle, do visit my Squidjoan lens for all the details. I am excited about all this. I believe I can help Zazzlers sell their beautiful unique products and am anxious to create some gorgeous lenses showing off the Zazzle and Etsy products!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Party Line Dances

You can learn to line dance -- all you need are the basic steps. And at the next party or wedding you attend, you can be on the dance floor having fun, instead of sitting and watching!

PS -- if you have not yet made a video lens, today is a good day to try. I simply took a subject that I love - line dancing - and found a few basic line dance videos -- and voila', a new lens! Have some fun with your lens creations!

Easy Line Dances

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Optimist Club of Rock Hill, South Carolina

The Optimist Club of Rock Hill is a small but enthusiastic group of folks working to make a difference to the children in our area.

For the past 8 years, my husband, Whitey Adams, has been directing their golf tournament every spring. We have watched these people work very hard to make a successful event happen again and again. They certainly all have our deep respect and admiration.

This is the first of a series of lenses about my home town. If you have not made a home town lens yet, now is the time to start. Look around you at all the businesses and volunteer groups that could really use your skills.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Come Join us on Giant Squid Open Mike
. This show will focus on the new challenge. Today at 4:00 Eastern Standard Time. October 5, 2009!

here is how it works.....

a little before 4 this afternoon, Monday, October 5 you will go to the website and find the chat room -- usually just by scrolling down...sometimes you need to click a "chat here" button..

If you want to call in during the show, ask a question or make a comment, just dial on your telephone (347) 857-3934 anytime during the show....... You will be instructed to press 1 (one) on your telephone keypad, and that will let Kate know you are ready to be introduced. She will introduce you soon as she can, and bring you on the call. (turn down the vol on your computer or you will have an echo on the phone -- there is a slight lag time)

The chat room operates like any other chat and it's always fun and interesting out there. Chef Keem will likely be there, Ron Pass, Mimi, and other folks you will quickly recognize.

After the show, Kate makes a podcast, so that people can download to their ipods free. and she will also have it on her blog or a lens for folks to listen on the webpage..

The show is casual and fun. we are chatting -- it's just that it is being recorded for posterity and being listened to at the moment by a bunch of

more questions? just let me's fun, it's a very fast

PS if you have trouble finding the chat, refresh the page! the chat does not show up until the show begins.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pendleton Honors Squidoo and Ohme!

Are you busily making lenses about your community? You should be! Ohme aka my sister, Nancy, has over 30 lenses about her town -- population about 3000.

Can you do the same? Tell us all about your town, the flowers, the weather, the local heroes, the merchants, the volunteer organizations. We want to know about your community!

Pendleton Honors Squidoo and Ohme!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pendleton Honors Squidoo and Ohme!

The town of Pendleton recently honored lensmaster Ohme - naming September 8, 2009 as Nancy Hellams Queen of Squidoo Day - in honor of her 30 lenses about the town she loves so dearly! Congratulations, Nancy!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Monday, August 31, 2009

Bingo Games for Kids

Children love Bingo! Bingo is great for community fairs, school events and even family reunions! Play Bingo with your children! Have fun!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Roaring Gap, North Carolina 28668

Very nice condo for rent or sale in Roaring Gap, NC. Lots of photos and a super video of the Great Smoky Mountains! Come rest a while in the mountains of North Carolina. It does heal the soul.

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jimmy Durante Songs

Come Sing along with Jimmy Durante! Sure to bring back memories -- if you are old enough to remember this super entertainer.

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Giraffe Toys

Giraffe toys for all ages!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tailgating Recipes and Games

The best tailgate recipes and games I could find! Site even includes NCAA football schedules 2009! Are you ready for some football?

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Kids Silly Songs

Sing a silly Song! Teach them to your children! And sing along with this lens! Sing as if no one is listening! Sing for fun!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Getting Traffic to Your Lens

We had a nice discussion on the JJJ-2 ning yesterday about the importance of visiting. Visting other lensmasters may be the one single most important thing to do for your own traffic.

Warning - do not leave a link in someone's guestbook. If people want to visit you, they can click on your picture and discover your links. I personally remove comments with links.

But I do strongly suggest you visit at least 10 lenses a day. Visit the top 100 in every category to start. and leave a positive comment. If a lens is in the top 100, it is most likely a lens to study! How does a lens get to the top 100 in any Squidoo category? Many many visits, comments, rankings and favorites. Study these lenses to discover the secret of their success!

And have fun Squidoo-ing! Get involved in the community!

Have you joined SquidU yet?

Ebook Downloads and How to Use Them

How to use ebooks effectively!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Top 4 Low Vision Products for the Visually Impaired

Low Vision Aids and Low Vision Products -- Helpful for all of us over 50 years old - and a necessity for the legally blind.

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Monday, July 27, 2009

Low Vision Resources

A lensography of my lenses of vision resources and my lenses about my legally blind husband.

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Travel Alarm Clocks

Pick a product and then narrow it down to specifics! that makes a super lens! This one was especially fun!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Monday, July 20, 2009

Host an 80's Theme Party!

An 80s party can be tons of fun! Keep it simple! Great ideas for your party and party supplies! Grab some 80s music and dance the night away!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Low Vision Aids

Low vision aids make great gifts for seniors!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Squidoo Fans

Check out this website I found at

What a beautiful gesture by justbon! and a great lens idea for all of us! make a lens featuring your fans! How special!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Monday, July 13, 2009

Family Reunion - A Tate Lesson by Example - have fun!

How to Have a Really Fun Family Reunion! We did it our way!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Alarm Clocks That Talk!

Talking alarm clocks are a necessity for anyone who does not see well! Who do you know that would enjoy a talking alarm clock? They make great gifts! Such a convenience for the visually impaired!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Unusual Alarm Clocks

Wake up in style with unusual and a bit crazy -- alarm clocks!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Grateful For Joan

What a super surprise! My dear friend Kate aka Mukunda22, made a lens about me! What an honor!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Sunday, July 5, 2009

How to Make Your Own Family Cookbook

One of my favorite "how to" lenses, this one tells all about our family cookbook. You can easily do this yourself. and it makes a super gift!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Mystic Messenger

The story of my meeting with a true mystic and my review of her book. Note to Squidoo newbies - this is a fun way to do a book review! I had met the author and had a story to tell.

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Tick Tock Module

When Squidoo adds a new module, you just have to try it at least once! Take a look at this one - the Tick Tock, as introduced by Squidoo Kimberly.

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Visiting Lensmasters to Learn

Happy Birthday to Lensmasters with July birthdays!

John Dilbeck on July 1
Jaguar Julie on July 9
Seth Godin on July 10
Janelle Kleppin on July 23

Now here's the idea -- Visit at least one of these lensmasters lenses on their birthday and say Happy Birthday in the comments section! Birthdays are a fun celebration on Squidoo!

Note -- and these particular July birthday folks are great lensmasters to learn from. Visit and pay attention, my friends!

Note to newbies --remember -- do not leave your link in your comment. That is considered rude behavior at Squidoo. Make a comment relevant to the lens, and say Happy Birthday! It's fun!

and to keep up with all the birthdays in the future, simply go to Happy Birthday Tribute. Don't forget to add your own birthday! :)

One Week Marketing - My Review

One Week Marketing just makes good sense to me. It is a practical approach to internet marketing. My review describes exactly how I am using this product. Read the Review and Download the free book -- lots of good free advice here.

One Week Marketing is my plan of action every day. Jennifer writes in common sense words that I can understand. Thank you, Jennifer!

Posted via web from Joan's posterous

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Great Lens Ideas Just For June

I just found this website - the Top Ten Internet SuperStars of 2009 - looks like a great place for some super lenses - especially twttrlists for some of them!

Take a 15 minute break and wander through this list. Interesting folks - and some I had never heard of before. Of course, Susan Boyle is # 1, and there are some great Squidoo lenses about her already. So skip on down and find someone who is new to you but in the top ten world-wide, do some research and create a lens with some super dooper keywords!

Be sure to come back here and leave a comment with your link to your new lens from this list!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Great lenses to Visit

As most of you know, we have a team competition happening at Squidoo. The Jolly Judicious Jetsetters is one of those teams.

One of the best ways to learn Squidoo is by visiting great lenses. I can assure you that each lens listed in the Jolly Judicious Jetsetters is an excellent lens. Go to the JJJ lens now (just click on the link above) and start visiting!

There are two plexos full of lenses - at last count there were 156 in all. The first plexo includes lenses created by lensmasters who are trying to qualify for Giant Squid at the end of June with 50 excellent lenses - looks like they are well on their way to doing just that!

The second plexo is for Giant Squids who are creating lenses to qualify for Giant Squid 100 - 100 excellent lenses!

This site is a treasure trove of super examples! Come visit us! We'd love to see you!

Friday, May 8, 2009

How to Be You - On Squidoo

In Chef Keem's lens on How to Be You on Squidoo, he quotes Seth Godin: "Remarkable doesn't mean remarkable to you. It means remarkable to me. Am I going to make a remark about it? If not, then you're average, and average is for losers."

Chef Keem's lens is one of the best I have ever seen about the importance of sharing yourself on Squidoo. I strongly recommend that you read this one today.

Don't you like to read personal lenses? Isn't it fun to get to know other folks? And then, don't you then begin to follow that person's lenses -- just because you like them or appreciate their openness? Don't you know people feel that same way about you?

Are you sharing your own personality on your lenses or feeding us rote information? Guess which one is the most fun to read.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Merry Month of May

May 2009 is here! and there are holidays for lensmaking!

Holocaust Remembrance Day - May 1
Mothers Day - May 10
Engelbert Humperdinck Birthday - May 2
Bing Crosby Birthday - May 2
International Nurses Day - May 12
South Carolina Ratification Day - May 12
Memorial Day (USA) May 25

A quick search on line for celebrity birthdays in May or holidays in May will provide tons of great lens ideas just for you!

Oh, did you see my lens about the Dancing the Maypole ?

Some Things Bear Repeating

As I fly around Squidoo land in my role as a Squid Angel, I look at more lenses than you can imagine! lol It is fun, and I dearly love to find one worthy of a blessing.

I continue to see these common errors - so I decided to again alert you to these:

1. Bio - oh my! sometimes I dream about that orange guy. Please add a photo and a bio. Introduce yourself to your readers.

2. Default module titles - again and again I see reasonably good lenses with all default module titles. Don't be guilty of that one. Change the title in every module that you use. I am especially aware of this one. It was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn on Squidoo. I would create a beautiful lens, send it proudly to The Isle of Squid, and shortly receive a message "your lens cannot be accepted because you have default module titles." And I would fix them, and resubmit. Over and over. Save yourself some grief. Fix those module titles as you create your lenses (and if you ever spot one on a lens of mine -- do me a favor -- drop me a note and tell me). Thank you.

3. No Intro Picture. A lens without an intro picture is half done. Add a picture to that intro module.

and keep having fun making super lenses!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Joan's Jolly Judicious Jetsetters

If you are working toward becoming a Giant Squid or Giant Squid 100, and you should be, you are invited to join the Jolly Judicious Jetsetters. The JJJ's are a part of a new challenge that was arranged by the Giant Squid Greeters.

The 5 teams are competing to find out which team can produce the most quality lenses from May 1 to June 15. Won't you join us? This is already fun as people are twittering about it and there's lots of good-natured competition happening even as we are adding folks to our teams.

This is a great way to get to know fellow lensmasters -- and to have your lenses critiqued! Just leave a note in the comment box stating that you would like to be on the team!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Complete that bio

This is good advice for all of us -- old and new!

Keep that bio fresh and appealing! Of course, you must have a photograph and a bio. Or if you have a friendly and quickly recognizable logo like Ohme or Growwear, then that works too!

Introduce yourself as if you were at a business social hour or a Chamber of Commerce meet and greet breakfast. Be friendly and cordial. Tell us about yourself and why you love Squidoo. Tell us about your children, your dogs, your cats. and somehow mention your expertise or interest in each lens.

Yes, I use a default bio sometimes, but I am trying to train myself to change the bio for each lens.

Your bio is very important. And I can assure you, if that orange guy is in your bio, many of us will rush right on without reading your lens.

PS - a little special angel advice -- I don't ever bless a lens with an incomplete bio or a default module title - the worst offender and the one most often forgotten? Guest Book!

Believe me, I have had to correct many of my own many times over, so I am an expert in those default module titles. Check them, and then check again. It's so easy to take a quick look, consider your lens "done" and overlook that default Guestbook title.

Have a fun day Squidoo-ing!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lens ideas

I have two lenses to recommend to you this morning!

The first is Carnival of Squid for May 2009 Created by Susan Villas Lewis, this is a directory-in-the-making of lens ideas for May. You simply choose one of the subjects, make a lens, and submit it to the plexo for that particular day! There are some unusual lens ideas here and you don't want to miss this opportunity to create something original and wonderful!

Greekgeek has created a new lens of Top Ten Squidoo Tips. This lens is sure to teach you something new! She even explains how to add the "back to the top" button at the bottom of your lenses! Exciting tips and ideas here!

Have fun creating this weekend with these two tools. Don't forget to use some of Greekgeek's ideas to update some of your tired lenses!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Twitter is for Everybody, especially Squidoo-ers

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Photo Module at Squidoo

The new photo module at Squidoo is great fun! Just go to View all modules. Choose P and select Photo Module.
You can add up to 10 photos and they will flip like an ongoing slide show right there on your lens! You just have to try it!
If you want to see the photo module in action, go to
Seabrook Island Scroll down to near the bottom and see my friends, my daughter and I having fun at Seabrook Island last week!

And thank you, Mimi, for also featuring this lens on your Squidoo Lens Review today. If you are not yet following Mimi's blog regularly, by all means, start now. Mimi interviews lensmasters, features lenses and always has encouraging and positive notes on her blog!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Squid Utils blog

If you are not following SquidUtils blog, you should be. Add this one to your list of blogs. always great information and discussions. Spreading the Social Butter post is super advice!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

E-book Downloads

In my last post, I strongly recommended that you download Potpiegirl's free Squidoo Guidebook. Later, it occurred to me that many of you have probably never downloaded an ebook. So of course, I did the only natural thing I could do - I created an instruction lens!

EBook Downloads and How to Use Them was made for you. In this lens, I explain how I personally use ebooks for my education and self-improvement.

You are an expert at something! Will you please share with all of us?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Free Squidoo Guide !!

Download right now! Don't miss this! Potpiegirl is offering a free guide just for you!

Click right here on this link and go download the book and then print it on 3 hole punched paper, and study!! You will learn so much!

I always learn from Potpiegirl and I am certain that you will too!! She writes so that normal folks like us can understand. She is clear and concise. You cannot miss out on this! It's free!

Friday, March 6, 2009


If you have not yet joined Squidlog, you will want to do that. You can read great articles about your Squidoo life, link directly to Squidoo chat, get to know other lensmasters, and in general, just have some Squidoo-fun!

Also, if you have not yet checked out One Week Marketing, this is a reminder to do that. Go and download the free pages and see what you think! Potpiegirl is amazing!

and one more reminder - have you introduced yourself over at SquidU? Click on Discussion Forum, fill out your profile information, and go to the forum area marked "introduce yourself". SquidU is vital to lensmasters. And a great way to meet your fellow Squidoo-ers.

Take the time to review all of the available modules. It's easy to get into the habit of using the same ones over and over. I know I have to make myself stretch sometimes to try something new. Exploring the modules is a great way to stretch and make your lenses more interesting, for sure!

Are you having fun with Squidoo?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Squidoo Lens Ideas

Are you searching for a great lens idea today?

It is time to make some seasonal lenses - spring is here. Easter, gardening, fashions and celebrations!
Take a look at Ohme's Spring Jubilee, which announces and highlights the spring celebration in her hometown of Pendleton, SC.

And do use that great new About Me Module. I am trying now to add it to the bottom of all my lenses. Scroll down to the bottom of my lensography and see how it works.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sing a Song of St. Patrick's Day

Have you created a song lens yet? I am constantly fascinated that my song lenses rank high on Google and on Squidoo. I have song lenses for every holiday, and even some that are not for holidays, but just for fun! My 100th lens includes music from every decade of my life. It was great fun to create that one!

and remember, people like to see the lyrics, so they can sing along!

Take a look at Saint Patrick's Day Songs or
visit my music lenses directory

This week, create your own music lens! It's fun!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Squid Tips for You

Yeah! Squidoo Headquarters published a free e-book for its members! Did you get your copy? Squid Tips for You is just waiting for you to download!

I am very proud that my Pendleton lens is right there! Along with all of my sister's lenses about Pendleton! My sister is Ohme on Squidoo.

If you live in a small town, you will want to study Ohme's lenses about Pendleton. There are five of them-- one covers community calendar and activities, another is about the community-built playground, another about local businesses and 2 with local historical photographs. Any small town would be thrilled to have you make lenses about them!

Do let me know if you follow up on this idea! I would love to read about your town!

Friday, February 6, 2009

SquidUtils Toolbar

Are you using the SquidUtils Toolbar yet? This is a free tool available to you from SquidUtils, by thefluffanutta. He created a lens to explain the new toolbar. Go to Get the SquidUtils Toolbar and read all about it. The toolbar will connect you quickly to all of the blogs from Squidoo headquarters, allow you to rate, comment and favorite lenses without all the scrolling up and down, connect straight to your dashboard, and always know when lensrank is updated. And that is just the beginning.

And if this is your introduction to SquidUtils, spend some time on that site. You will find helpful tools for your Squidoo-world available for free.

PS - Need a list of things to do with your lenses? Go to
Squidoo To-Do Lists for a quick review and a list of the best resources available. and have fun!

Friday, January 30, 2009


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Twitter Buttons

Just a quick note - really cute twitter buttons at

look great on your profile. go to your dashboard and add it there.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Learning to Squidoo

Are you new to Squidoo? Please stop by and visit our friend John's new and first lens - Learning to Squidoo!

John has jumped in with both feet and the response to his lens has been fantastic. People really want to know how to get started in Squidoo - what are the challenges you faced?

Be sure to comment and participate in the question asked. Learning to Squidoo is a fun happy lens -- about beginning with Squidoo!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

One Week Marketing

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