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Thursday, August 02, 2007

I Like Lenses

In all the hubbub about Squidoo lately, I think I might have forgot to mention: I like the whole concept of a Squidoo lens and want to build one myself. I have two or three quirky passions that are close to lensworthy. (I was reminded of this when reading Pauline Kerbici's interview with Seth in today's High Rankings Advisor newsletter.)

Sure, a lens isn't that innovative or revolutionary -- more an incremental advance on past designs of personal publishing platforms. But haven't you read the parts in one of Seth's books where he does so much to advocate the vital process of "soft innovation" (just making the world better enough to make something useful truly impactful)? No? Well it's in there. Free Prize Inside, I believe.

The only problem is that I'm out-passioned on some of these things. I am, essentially, a wannabe. I love inline skating and have opinions on the products, but it's not like I have time to join a club, or the disposition for Extreme Skating (I lost that when I was 16, and that big kid bodychecked my head into the boards, but I digress). Other people's existing lenses are far better than anything I'll ever do.

I don't love yoga, but like many men, I am highly appreciative of lululemon yoga pants. I don't know how many men have started lenses on this topic, but I suspect there will be quite a few such opinions cropping up around the web. And I'm not sure the "optics" of making that my only official Squidoo "passion" are going to, uh, sit well. So moving on...

I am a self-professed weather nut, and want to get one of those personal weather stations for $400 so I can plug it into Weather Underground and share hyperlocal weather with the world. But notice the phrase "want to." Here again, I'm essentially a wannabe.

But I'll think of something. I like one of my trees so much I named him Bob (Bob Osakazuki, the Japanese Maple). I own the domain name osakazuki.com. My wife knows I love this tree so much, she commissioned a painting of Bob for my birthday (how's that coming, honey?). If that's not lensworthy insanity I don't know what is. So in my "spare" time, I'm sure I'll be starting a lens about Acer Palmatum and all of their spectacular cultivars.

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