Does your lens have what it takes?
Not every lens on Squidoo has what it takes to get an Angel Blessing. That's what makes an Angel Blessing so special. When you get one, you can be sure that you have a top notch lens. If you aren't receiving as many blessings as you'd like, there may be a reason. You see, Angels look for certain things when looking for lenses to bless. Sure, every Angel has their own likes and dislikes, their own style of blessing, but there are certain things that we all tend to look for.
All images are from Glitter Graphics.
The SquidU forum is a great place to hang out if you have a few extra minutes. There are so many perks! You can get your lens critiqued and maybe get some ideas on how to make it better. You can ask for help if you have a question about anything at all. You can show off your lens in the Lens Spotlight. You can chat with other lensmasters about the different aspects of Squidoo. You can learn tips and tricks on how to sell stuff. You can participate in forum challenges (currently a fun game of Lens Jenga). You can even chat about stuff completely unrelated to Squidoo. And while you're doing all this, you'll be making friends and getting known.
Here are a few things to remember while you're there:
- Do add a photo of yourself on the forum. I, for one, remember pictures a lot easier than names.
- Do add links to your lenses in your forum signature. That way we have something to click if we want to get to know you.
- Do join in on any discussions that interest you. Don't be shy!
- Do read the rules of the forum. HQ is very serious about the forum rules and breaking them can get you banned.
- Do be a role model. You may be a newbie right now, but someday you'll be a Giant Squid. You might even be a Squid Angel.
- Don't link drop. This means don't add a link in every post. Most of the time, the only links you see are in the Critique Me or in the Lens Spotlight. There are exceptions, but not often.
- Don't link to sites outside Squidoo unless it's your personal blog. Most lensmasters look at outside links like they're spam.
- Don't ask for blessings or squidlikes. Asking for either of these is against TOS. Just be patient and active and you will get the blessings and squidlikes you deserve.
There are many Squidoo groups on Facebook, but the oldest and largest is the Squidoo Facebook Community. With almost 1,000 members, it's a great place to ask questions, get a lens review, show off your updated or newest lenses and make great friends. Before joining, please make sure we can identify you as a Squidoo member by your Facebook profile. A good way to do this is to link to one of your lenses on your wall and make it publicly viewable.
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This is one more thing you can do to get a blessing. Sometimes, even with fantastic lenses, you don't get blessings because we don't know you're here. So go out and explore Squidoo. "Like" the lenses that you like. Comment on a lens when you have something to say. Visit a few guestbooks to let other lensmasters know that you appreciate their writing. Visit the forum and give us a chat. Don't be shy about posting. Just make sure not to leave any spam in your trail. If you're unsure about what spam is, here's a lens about Squid Ettiquette.
Remember, let me know you were here!
Leave a comment and maybe I'll sprinkle my Angel Dust on YOU!
Delia on June 28, 2013:
Too bad they did away with the Angel Blessings...I enjoyed my years of being an Angel.
laurenrich on March 05, 2013:
This is a great and informative lens. I have added it to my favorites. Thanks for sharing this excellent information.
DebW07 on March 01, 2013:
@Othercatt: Thanks so much!!
Othercatt (author) on March 01, 2013:
@DebW07: If you look under the activity tab on your dashboard, it'll show every time an Angel blesses your lens. To show these angels on your lens, use the Featured Lensmasters module.
All the graphics on this page are from http://www.glitter-graphics.com
DebW07 on February 28, 2013:
I've seen some lenses that say "This Lens Has Been Blessed" and goes on to list the Squid Angels who've blessed it. I've had some people tell me they've blessed my lenses but I don't know how to list them, can you tell me what to do? Also, I love the final photo you posted (with the falling stars), how did you do that?
JeffSawyer on February 28, 2013:
Not been blessed by any angels but looking forward to get blessed.
greytdogz on February 24, 2013:
I've been lucky to have some of my lenses blessed, some more than one blessing, but I never truly knew what angels look for. Thanks for the insight.
happymonkeyz on February 18, 2013:
fantastic ideas. thanks for writing this.
Mission1 on February 17, 2013:
Wow! Great info. Just had my first angel blessing so I was looking around to figure out exactly what it meant. I'm well happy! :-)
Gotta go, lots of stuff to read up on from those things recommended by you.
ismeedee on January 08, 2013:
We need you angels!! Thanks!
casnider on December 17, 2012:
Thanks for helping us little squids out. It's hard work and bit confusing to make a great lens, but I think I'm getting there. Now I know that next I need to spend more time at the forum.
swapnal-sarang on December 14, 2012:
So many useful tips here I got jy fist angel blessing yesterday. Have bookmarked this page .thanks
anonymous on December 03, 2012:
i just adore the picture above this comment bar the little angel girl sprinkling little stars like snow falling fits right in at this time with Christmas just around the corner
thumbs up on your lens
Shay Marie from Southern California on November 25, 2012:
Thanks for the tips on this. My (4) lenses aren't performing as well as I'd like them to and from what I keep reading, I just need to keep on keeping on - right?
anonymous on November 14, 2012:
Thanks, this lens helps me to see the big picture. Thanks again.
Bexley on August 14, 2012:
This lens is very informative, not only about how to get blessings, but how to write really great lenses. Thanks so much!
Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 29, 2012:
Thanks for the tips one of my lenses has just been blessed! I was looking to try to find out what it meant. I guess it means that I actually achieved a great deal and got a lot right. Thank you guys for being there for us!
OrlandoTipster on July 28, 2012:
This is quite a checklist.
Thanks for providing the road map.
Gotta work on getting there.
Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on June 12, 2012:
Great advice. (I have a lot of reading to do!) Thanks for all the time and effort you have put in here to help us improve!
sunny saib on June 10, 2012:
beautiful selection of pictures.. and useful on the informational front :) thanks
lclchors on June 01, 2012:
Super Lens I have added this to my lenses to learn from
glutenallergy on May 14, 2012:
This is a very helpful lens, not just for increasing our chances at getting lenses blessed, but for writing good lenses in general. Thank you so much for the resources you have linked to. That is very helpful!
RaidaMoon on March 30, 2012:
Wow! What a wonderfully helpful lens you've put together. It's so nice to have a one stop lens to find the info I need. As a brand-spanking-newbie, I can't thank you enough.
jordanmilesbask on March 28, 2012:
this is such a very useful lens with lots of information...I love this angel showering me with blessing.. so cute!
sbilden78 on February 10, 2012:
Super helpful lens. I'm going to take your advice to heart. Thanks bunches.
Bob Zau on January 13, 2012:
A little Angel Love goes a long way âº
gustaF33 on December 11, 2011:
I'm so happy I found this lens becouse I got so many useful information on how to create quality lenses. I like this lens becouse of simplicity. All important things are gathered and explained in "understandable way" for a begginer, there are further links if I want to go in details and what I like the most: it's written by a person who knows what quality is!
I really appreciate the effort you've put into this lens and I thank you for sharing all this knowledge.
Keep up the good work ;)
JoyfulReviewer on November 14, 2011:
Thanks for the very helpful tips!
EEWorkouts on November 11, 2011:
Helpful lens, I have a few angel blessings and wondered how it all worked. Thanks for the write up and the link to Graphics Grotto, that will come in handy.
AskPat on November 11, 2011:
Thank you so much for the helpful advice. I learned a lot here.
Yourpersonalcon on November 07, 2011:
Excellent lens - gives me a checklist to review (and revise) old lenses and to use when creating new. Thanks for the great information.
anonymous on November 02, 2011:
Very useful Lens, so helpful, we need to be reminded about things that need to be put right on our Lenses, thank you so much for sharing this with us kind Squid Angel, appreciated!
Othercatt (author) on October 15, 2011:
@TSLOPEZ: This is a great question. If you have a lens that doesn't fit into any of of the categories, you just have to improvise (that's why my calendar lens is in the books category). Just find the category that's the closest fit and don't worry about sub or sub-sub-topics.
Tania S Lopez from Fayettevile, NC on October 13, 2011:
Ok... I have a question about categorizing. Last night I wanted to write a lens about a season but I couldnt find a category to place it in because there is no seasonal category. There is hollidays and celebrations but it didnt match. So what do I do when I run into a topic that does not fit into a category?
bhthanks on October 02, 2011:
I would like to meet all of the great criteria and i hope that i do!
mediawizard lm on September 29, 2011:
Hi Other Cat,
Reading this Squidoo lens I found useful information. I've bookmarket your lens.
PainMan1 on September 13, 2011:
Great lens! Very helpful when planning way to make lenses better! Thanks!
AlleyCatLane on August 28, 2011:
Thanks for the tips. I have gotten several angel blessings, but aspire to your ranks.
barrelroll on August 24, 2011:
This is a great lens. Thank you so much! Hopefully I will receive a blessing one day.
punkgrinder on August 19, 2011:
Really helpful Lens Othercat, thanks for the information, thumbs up!.
MelissaRodgz on August 18, 2011:
Thank you this article was very inspiring. There are some real helpful tips here that can help the entire community out. Thank you for taking the time and giving back to the community.
naomisworld on August 11, 2011:
i real lied the pic and all the help you put in here
Rankography on August 11, 2011:
Great lens and very helpful tips throughout. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
TopTenLists on August 09, 2011:
What an amazing lens. Thank you for all the extremely useful tips and advise.
Close2Art LM on August 08, 2011:
great info thumbs up...RWJR
David Dove on August 04, 2011:
From run-of-the-mill to top-of-the-heap in one easy lesson, I better get started, lots to do.............
flightofdestiny2 on August 01, 2011:
Not only is this helpful for those looking for a blessing, but it is also essential for those wishing to become better writers on squidoo. I am already blessed for being introduced to these tips and tricks to becoming a better writer. Thank you.
Kasandra on July 30, 2011:
Very helpful lens. Even though I'm pretty new, I think I already learned most of this. I guess I'm doing good about studying up then! I wish this was one of the lens that Squidoo shows when people first join. Its so very helpful. Your graphics are also very cute! Definite like from me~
kl2534 on July 28, 2011:
honest and usefull read..Thank You
rizzarose on July 26, 2011:
i really love it
Kirilov on July 10, 2011:
I found loads of valuable info here although this is not an official Squidoo page. Thanks.
JewelRiver on July 03, 2011:
Great lens! I hope I'll get a blessing soon. Peace and Love!
DuaneJ on June 30, 2011:
Excellent overview on the expectations of a Squidoo angel...enjoyed this!
Donnette Davis from South Africa on June 29, 2011:
Beautiful page and very helpful information. Thank you.
HeavenBlessedMe on June 18, 2011:
I really enjoyed your lens, and learned quite a bit. I only have 2 lenses, but they are near and dear to my heart. I love squidoo, and will be making more lenses soon. Love the pictures on your lens. Have a blessed day.
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on May 29, 2011:
Wow -- now I know all about SquidAngels. I had my first visit from one and I didn't know what it meant. Great explanation here. Thanks.
lizziehumphreys1 on May 22, 2011:
I love that picture up there of all the sprinkling stars! :) this is such a cool lens, I can't wait to be a SquidAngel one day!
lilyofthevalley1 on May 21, 2011:
Very good advice, here. Even after a month of active Squidooing there is still so much to learn! I appreciate the time you took to build this helpful (and cute!) lens. Thank you!!
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on May 17, 2011:
I'm still a newbie with only 38 lenses...I learn something new every day on Squidoo, and I must say, I've become quite addicted to the site. Thank you for sharing your expertise with all of us newbies.
ResearchAddict on May 07, 2011:
Thanks for the advice! Love the falling stars. There's so much to learn/do/see/experience with Squidoo! I consider myself a beginner since I'm back on board after a looooooooong hiatus - Have just published 5 new lenses. Hope to see you soon!
anonymous on April 24, 2011:
Thank you, Othercat, for sharing this valuable information. Not only is this lens very helpful, but beautiful as well.
Sara Valor from Breezy Hills on April 22, 2011:
This is an adorable lens with some helpful information. Thanks for sharing it with us. Cool graphics too!
lankanwriter on April 20, 2011:
Thanks for the very useful information, I have being blessed a few times and I'm amazed at the things some angels do. Once an angel pointed to a content that was copied from my lens and mailed me about it and actually helped me to get them removed.
aborenegade on April 19, 2011:
wow thanks this is a great resource for beginners like me
anonymous on April 16, 2011:
Fabulous content and advice here. Thank you so much for everything. May you be blessed.
masunyoananda on April 14, 2011:
This is really a great lens....very useful for our progress on Squidoo...thanks a lot.....love and blessings.........
fantasticallyfi on April 14, 2011:
Thorough, detailed and spot on - cheers!
ravi551854 on April 13, 2011:
thanks for your very useful information
Brankica from Fort Lauderdale on April 05, 2011:
This is great. You are becoming one of my favorite lensmasters. You already answered a burning question I have and now you thought me about angels :) Thanks!
TeachingatHome on April 04, 2011:
Great Advice. Thank you so much!
Marie on April 04, 2011:
Thank you - I know what an Angel Blessing is now! Someone mentioned it in the forum and I'd never heard of it.
anonymous on April 02, 2011:
Very nice lens
cinstress on April 01, 2011:
thanks for the tips!
darciefrench lm on April 01, 2011:
Excellent lens on how to get an angel blessing; everyone wants to know that! -:) Squidoo is all about giving, as an angel, I love to give out blessings where they are due, and it's true, I don't always get to the lenses to check them out as much as I'd like. Squid angel blessed for a Happy April Fool's Day -:)
javr from British Columbia, Canada on March 29, 2011:
I agree with your lens. I look for much the same qualities in lenses that I bless.
Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on March 20, 2011:
What a great lens something for me to learn from...
Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on March 19, 2011:
Great tips. Blessed!
mahimattphoto on March 19, 2011:
Thanks for this lens it was very helpful! Matt
BeaGabrielle1 on February 12, 2011:
Congratulations on that one! All the waiting finally bore the sweetest fruits!