Progress Report on Turning Lenses into Hubs
This is even more of a nightmare than I thought it would be. When I started on Squidoo in 2009, no one was as picky about photo attribution as they are now. I hadn't been deliberately building a collection of photos for use online yet, so was using some from Photobucket back when it seemed to be allowed. I was also using Zazzle product pictures to illustrate some modules or to make a point. Also, I had used a lot of what Squidoo used to call the black box module as transitions from one text module to another. HubPages doesn't supply capule that will put your quote on a colored background.
I was reworking one particular lens until 2AM this morning (a total of about two hours) just replacing or deleting what won't transfer. I can easily replace the black boxes with quotes on photos at Quozio or Picmonkey and I did that. They look even better than the old black boxes did. I found replacements for the Photobucket photos at Pixabay and from my own collection, but I don't know how to animate them to make them more like what they were replacing. Everything from Zazzle just had to go.
That particular lens depended a lot on specific music to be availble to listen to, and YouTube didn't have the most important song anymore. I had replaced it with an Amazon MP3 module that played part of the song. HubPages doesn't have a comparable capsule.
I think the lens will convert to a Hub now, but it will still need editing within the framework of what HubPages may make available or have available when we can edit them there. I feel that the work I created on Squidoo was gutted to prepare it for HubPages. It just wasn't designed for that platform. Many other lenses would also be gutted over there. They were never intended to be informational articles. They were more like human interest pieces.
I wrote a detailed analysis of my work on this particular lens in a blog post on Barb's Writing Life , my self-hosted Wordpress blog, this morning. It gets down to specifics. I will have a lot more work over the next week to see which lenses are worth transfering. If I have to do almost complete rewrites, I may delete the new Hubpages account and just post the edited versions to my current HubPages account.
How are other about-to-be former lensmasters faring so far? Squidoo has its tentacles in a twist again and I haven't been able to see this month's payout report yet or to download content from individual lenses while they are in edit mode as I used to do. I guess I'll have to wait for them to prepare the official download all lenses.
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The photo shows me in a T-shirt that was part of a prize I was awarded from something I accomplished on HubPages. It may have been one of my Hub of the Day Awards. I got a nifty little notebook that said HubPages on the front for storing my writing ideas along with it. It was totally unexpected, but much appreciated. I only wish the shirt was large enough to wear in public.
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Image Credit » I took the selfie.