While driving home recently, I spotted a stick figure family sticker on the car in front of me. Only this was different. The stick figures were running.
At the next stop light I realized they were being chased by another stick figure in a hockey mask wielding a chainsaw! Underneath were the words, “Nobody Cares About Your Stick Figure Family”.
I laughed. It was the comic relief I needed driving home from a long day at work. A few days later I saw a zombie version like the one pictured.
Stick family stickers were kinda cool when they first came out but now it seems that every other car has one. These “nobody cares” anti-stick family stickers are a funny way to tell the world that the stick figure family trend has reached its peak.
What lens ideas have you gotten while sitting in traffic?
Image credit: darinrmcclure, used under Creative Commons.
One benefit of writing good content is that your readers may want to share it. They’ll email it, like it on Facebook, Tweet it, or post a link to it somewhere. This has happened to several of my lenses and I’m always thrilled to see a new site show up in my Referrer stats. Usually, it’s from a forum or personal blog.
Other people sharing a link to your lens is good. It can generate traffic and helps you build credibility with the search engines. It’s even better when the link comes from a well known site.
This week I was surprised to find visitors coming to my how to play fantasy football lens from the NY Times website! It was an article on their Education blog about using fantasy football to teach quantitative analysis. They mentioned my lens as a good site for students to learn the basics of fantasy football. How cool is that?
That lens is nearly 6 years old and is one of my better lenses (my only LOTD). I invested a lot of time developing and writing the original content for it. And I continue to update it regularly. It’s cool to see that other people consider it helpful and worth sharing.
My lens building philosophy has long been to “build good quality lenses that interest you and that readers will find helpful and/or entertaining.” If a lens doesn’t inform, help or entertain a visitor, there’s no reason for them to share it.
So write good stuff.
Each month I’ll feature a lens that I discovered while exploring Squidoo.
Airplanes and airports have always interested me and I enjoy running in 5k races. So when the title for bassetmonkey‘s lens about the Toronto Pearson Airport’s 5K runway race popped up, I had to check it out.
Wow…this is a very good example of a lens showcasing an annual event and it makes me want to run this race!
With a descriptive title and photo from inside a hangar, the first module creates a sense of excitement similar to what a racer feels waiting at the Start line. That’s followed with info about the race, pre and post race pictures (including the unique finisher medals) and a thorough race review from the lensmaster, who ran the 5k in 2011.
The thing that makes a race like this unique is access to a place that’s normally off limits to most people. Bassetmonkey captures that restricted access vibe in a fun way in the lens. It also highlights the cool stuff race organizers did to make the race experience extra special.
Hopefully I can get to Toronto to run this race one year. If you run this (or any other) race, bassetmonkey reminds you to thank the race volunteers!
Side note: About a week after discovering this lens, I got excited when I saw an ad for a 5k at a local airport. Sadly, the map showed that their course is only on access roads, not the runway. And it doesn’t look half as cool as bassetmonkey makes the Toronto airport 5k look.
Image credit: Paul’s Best Shots, used under Creative Commons License.