1. I am now a Mammoth Squid! I waited cautiously until I had 120 lenses before apply to the Giant Squid 100 Level club, and apparently sailed through the application easily. The next stage is Giant Squid 250...oy. If I average even 10 lenses a month - fairly highly productive for me - I'm at least a year away from that "upgrade" yet. So I guess I won't stress about it.
2. I dashed together a quick new webpage this morning, Sockii on the Web, which is exactly what the name applies. I figured it was well past time to try to have a central listing/link page for all my different websites, blogs, content sites, etc. Of course it's not complete yet, but so far so good.
3. I had a great time last night at a concert in Vineland NJ seeing the Beatles tribute band American English. It's the first time I've seen a Beatles tribute act that tried to do it all "in costume", not just recreating the music. Rather interesting, I'll have to write a review in more detail later. I do have a new Beatles Survey up on Squidoo if you're a fan and would like to add your thoughts and opinions to the mix. And next weekend I am hopefully going to be checking out my first Beatles convention, The Fest for Beatles Fans. I have been dying to check out this show for several years but it's looking like scheduling will be on my side at last. I'm sure that will make some great fodder for a new lens as well!
4. Its curious to me to watch right now as one of my "sleeper" lenses has just broken in to Tier 2 after slowly creeping up the ranks the past few months, with very little tweaking and work on my part except building a few backlinks. It's my lens on Garlic Intolerance and Allergy. I can't figure it out except I hit on some good keywords and it's getting decent clickouts to the information sites and articles I linked to...yet it definitely has taken time to build. Right now it's ranking in the 8,800s, and here's how long it took to get there:
Date - #Rank - Visits
Jul 2011 - 543,982 - 8
Aug 2011 - 128,302 - 41
Sep 2011 - 120,793 - 21
Oct 2011 - 95,521 - 31
Nov 2011 - 123,342 - 22
Dec 2011 - 85,448 - 41
Jan 2012 - 72,274 - 82
Feb 2012 - 31,556 - 202
Mar 2012 - 14,528 - 243
Just goes to show - never get discouraged if a lens isn't a blockbuster right out of the gates. Sometimes it just can take a while to build and for Google to start picking up on your lens. Either that or a lot more people are suddenly suspecting they have a garlic allergy or intolerance and are desperately looking for info!