Squidoo: The End of a Relationship
I joined Squioo in April, 2009. I joined RocketMoms shortly thereafter, and worked my heart out. I loved Squidoo. It was my first chance to write online and be read. I will always be thankful for that. In December I had my first fifty lenses written and was able to apply to be a Giant Squid. I still remember how thrilled I was to wake up one day early in January and discover I'd not only been accepted as a Giant Squid, but also received my first Purple Star and my only Lens of the Day. I think that lens will transfer nicely to HubPages . I had just joined HubPages by that time. I think it's too bad my transferred lenses will have to have a separate account than the one I've been building for five years there already.
I have very mixed feelings about Squidoo's merger (or sell-out)with HubPages. I had been very loyal to Squidoo until they discontinued RocketMoms. After that, the relationships I'd had with other women on Squidoo weren't as easy to cultivate. I began to spend more time on HubPages. I didn't publish as much on Squidoo after that. I wanted to hang on to my Giant Squid status mostly to be able to keep a particular page active.
Twice now Giant Squids have had to reapply for that status, the last time only a few months ago. I had to promise to make five lenses this year in addition to the three short special ones we had to make right away in their new formats and submit with the application. I am relieved not to have to follow through with what remains of that commitment. For at least a year Squidoo has made lensmasters work overtime just to keep their lenses in good standing and accessible. Now that pressure is off.
Now the pressure will come from HubPages to get the lenses compliant with a very different set of requirements, especially as they relate to affiliate links and links to other sites. Squidoo allowed many more of them. I appreciate that HubPages will give us a brief honeymoon period to work on this. I also appreciate that they let articles that don't meet their standards sleep invisible to Google instead of just locking them the way Squidoo did. I think HubPages has always treated the writers more respectfully than Squidoo. I'm glad that my lenses that were designed as articles will have a home as suitable as HubPages.
Meanwhile, I still have many lenses that I know will never find a happy home there. I think I will have to move those to my own pages. I had been considering that for a long time anyway, and this is the push I need to get that project going. There are a few lenses that were more Squidoo's idea than mine, and I expect I will just delete them. I never wanted to write them in the first place, but they were RocketMoms assignments. I've already deleted some of them.
And now, I suppose those of us having to deal with the transfer will have a little less time to spend here for a while. I will still try to post one a day, though.
The photo is one I won't be able to use much anymore. My husband took it in the orchard. I have his permission to use it. It's now historical. That's too bad. The two T-shirt gifts from Squidoo are about the only tangible evidence I'll have now that proves we had a relationship.
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B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved
Image Credit » My husband took the photo and I have used it with his permission.