Since my Celtic Music: Lenses
lens on Squidoo was named a Lens of the Day on March 16, I was pleased to see it get into the top 100 lenses on Squidoo. It got up to number 12 and hovered at 12 and 13 for over a week. While it was great to break the top 100 after almost a year and a half on Squidoo, its position at 12 and 13 tantalized me. Would it break into the top 10?
I decided over… Continue
Added by MobyD on March 30, 2009 at 17:22 —
When I got up this morning (which is the middle of the afternoon for you folks on the other side of the pond) I was just expecting to get in a new blog post about a Squidoo lens I'd published yesterday. But when I checked my email, I noticed I had a lot of comments posted somewhere on my Squidoo lenses. It turned out the dozen comments were all on my Celtic Music: Lenses
lens which had been named… Continue
Added by MobyD on March 16, 2009 at 18:10 —
For the past couple of weeks I've been pretty busy developing a series of 16 Squidoo lenses for Maggie's Music, an independent label started over 20 years ago by hammered dulcimer player Maggie Sansone. The label specializes in what has been termed "chamber folk." While there are many solo recordings on the label, the artists often get together on each others' recordings as well. The music draws on Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland and other areas, with a good dash of American influence… Continue
Added by MobyD on December 29, 2008 at 15:41 —
Since April I've been building lenses (web pages, but Squidoo calls them lenses because they focus on a topic) about Celtic music on Squidoo. The pages have some info about the performers, links to their pages and other online resources, plus links, mostly to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, to available recordings.
Here's a list of Celtic Music Lens Links:
Celtic Music: Christmas Compilations… Continue
Added by MobyD on December 15, 2008 at 0:05 —
I've been pretty busy over at Squidoo.com in the past few months. I now have 35 lenses (web pages) on Celtic music, plus 15 Celtic music video showcases. The video showcase number has fallen recently as I've decided to incorporate some of the videos into the lenses themselves.
I made a lens for Celtic Christmas music by individual artists or groups and another one for Celtic Christmas music compilations. Working on the first one led me to create a lens for Bonnie Rideout, a… Continue
Added by MobyD on November 14, 2008 at 19:30 —
Just about the time I made my last post here almost two months ago, I realized if I worked at it, I could get to 100 lenses (web pages) on Squidoo. I made it, so now I'm not only a Giant Squid since July 1 (50 lenses required and I had that many by late May), but I'm also in the Top 100 club. I created a bunch of Celtic music video showcases, made up of YouTube videos to help get to the 100 goal. I've been really busy updating stuff and trying a few… Continue
Added by MobyD on October 14, 2008 at 23:50 —
It was sad to learn today of Ronnie Drew's passing on Saturday. I found out from someone in the chat room during Klara McDonnell's show.
It was also mentioned that there's some Ronnie Drew and Dubliners videos on YouTube, and that made me think of the documentary From Clare to Here with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill that I'd seen there a while ago. So I decided if it wasn't already here at LI, it should be. It's in five parts, with a total running time probably a bit over 40… Continue
Added by MobyD on August 18, 2008 at 23:38 —
I completed my second Squidoo lens today (Tuesday), a lens for Dervish
, an Irish traditional music group. I now have a total of 34 lenses on Celtic Music covering 24 artists and groups, two radio stations and eight video showcases.
Lots of lens-building today and I'm running low on things to say, so I'll just ask that you visit my Danú
and Dervish lenses, leave some… Continue
Added by MobyD on July 17, 2008 at 6:31 —
Several days ago I added Danú to a list of Celtic music groups I wanted to do a Squidoo lens for, and this morning (which is early afternoon Irish time, btw) I set about to get it done. I had it about 75% complete when it was time to take a break and listen to and watch Louise Molony's show on LI. As she often does, she announces she'll be featuring information about an artist or group. Her choice this week: Danú!
I swear, you can't make this stuff up! As she was giving her… Continue
Added by MobyD on July 16, 2008 at 23:29 —
During Klara's Monday evening broadcast this week, a message from Daithi said he was testing transmissions from Newgrange. I'd heard the name, but didn't know anything about it, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. It's a restored Neolithic passage tomb that's 5,000 years old, with the passage aligned to admit the sun down a long passage into the interior on the morning of the Winter Solstice.
One of the Wikipedia links was to a video about the 2007… Continue
Added by MobyD on July 15, 2008 at 2:14 —
I've finally made a Squidoo lens for The Chieftains
. I kept putting it off because I know they've got a ton of CDs out there and there always seemed to be other artists I wanted to build lenses for. Then I got involved in creating web pages at my own Have Pun Will Travel
website - see my last post for more information about that.
Yesterday I got caught up on making pages for my… Continue
Added by MobyD on June 30, 2008 at 1:46 —
Rather than create more Squidoo lenses, lately I've been taking the info from the Celtic Music lenses
and making web pages at HavePun-WillTravel.com
. 22 of the lenses are for artists, CDs, Thistle & Shamrock and of course LiveIreland.com. The 23rd lens, which I made to guide people to the others, isn't much use on the website, so I wrote an… Continue
Added by MobyD on June 26, 2008 at 5:51 —
I've signed up for Twitter, the social networking site where you can post what they call "tweets" - short messages of 140 characters or less about what you're doing. People can sign up to follow your tweets if they like, just as you can follow others.
I imagine some people spend a lot of time posting tweets. Seems like it would be something teens would get into so their friends can follow their every move. I'll be using it now and then. One reason I signed up is so I can put out… Continue
Added by MobyD on June 12, 2008 at 3:14 —
Over the past few days I've added three new lenses to my Squidoo set of Celtic Music lenses. There are now 18 lenses for artists and groups, plus one for The Thistle & Shamrock
, and the Celtic Music Lenses
lens which lists all the others.
I was a bit surprised that there wasn't more… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 28, 2008 at 0:07 —
If I'd set out to do the Celtic Music lenses in any kind of order, the lens for Planxty
might've been among the first. The four original members, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn will be familiar to anyone with much interest in Irish music They helped popularize the bouzouki, a Greek instrument introduced to Irish music by Johnny Moynihan. Moynihan was a member of the group Sweeney's Men when he introduced it, and… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 20, 2008 at 3:11 —
I'm glad I continued work on the lens for Loreena McKennitt
, one of the six lenses I'd done basic work on several days ago, early in the day. While it was very warm yesterday, today was downright hot, with temperatures in the mid-90s, well above the average high even in mid-summer. Considering most of our days have had below-average temperatures since last September, it was… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 17, 2008 at 6:44 —
I was only going to do one lens today, the one for Enya. But as I was looking up information for her, I realized she hasn't released as many albums as I thought, and somehow I found myself looking at what Amazon offers for Silly Wizard.
I got Enya's lens
done in plenty of time to get to work on Silly Wizard
's. Amazon is offering five of their albums directly from them,… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 15, 2008 at 6:54 —
Yesterday I decided to get basic work done on six Squidoo lenses I knew I'd eventually want to get published. So I began setting up each lens, adding YouTube videos and photos or album covers, deleting stuff Squidoo puts in the basic setup and adding what I felt I'd need. Other than selecting YouTube videos, which goes fairly quickly since I just look for a good quality one that's long enough and if possible one I know I'll like, it's fairly… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 14, 2008 at 3:48 —
Thanks to the influence of liveIreland.com, I've tended to focus on Irish music for the Celtic music lenses I created first, although I did get the lens for Scotsman Alasdair Fraser in there. Over the past few days, I've created three lenses for the Scottish groups The Tannahill Weavers, Capercaillie, and The Battlefield Band. The page for Celtic Music: Lenses was updated as well of course.
Normally, I'd been creating one lens and seeing it through to publishing before starting on… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 6, 2008 at 6:19 —
My Squidoo lens for today is about the Irish/American band Solas
. It's yet another one inspired by music heard on liveIreland.com. The band can play straight Irish traditional music with the best of them, but specializes in giving it their own twist on it. From the start, they've garnered a lot of praise from mainstream media and Irish/American publications. Based in the United States, they give American audiences a chance to hear… Continue
Added by MobyD on May 2, 2008 at 23:11 —