So, Evelyn Wood is reading and rating Squidoo lenses? Well, who the heck is Evelyn Wood anyway? Evelyn Wood was a teacher known as "the Pioneer of Speed Reading." She taught herself to read very quickly by watching fast readers.
Her method is to read every word by using a finger or pointer, such as a pen to move under each line of text at a steady pace.Her system is based on the idea that every person reads a word at the same rate, but a poor reader re-reads words. The pacing hand prevents re-reading, the brain does not need to interpret a jumble of words, with a resulting increase in comprehension, speed, and enjoyment.
Evelyn Wood passed away in 1995 in Tucson, Arizona. But, an Evelyn Wood speed reader is alive and living in New Jersey; quickly reading and rating lenses! Yes, there have been repeated sightings of this lensmaster who persists through sleet and snow to quickly visit and rate lenses every spare chance they get! The problem with this method of speed reading and rating is that little time, if any, is spent on a lens before a rating is left. That means that this lensmaster does not determine that the lens is quality or not before leaving the one star rating. This method of evaluation contradicts the intent of the 5 stars rating system currently in place.
There has been much discussion previously that Martha Stewart is reading Squidoo lenses for show ideas. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and graduated from Nutley High School in Nutley, New Jersey. She sold her colonial-style farmhouse estate, Turkey Hill Farm, in Westport, Connecticut for $6.7 million -- 26% below the asking price. She owns a number of other properties including a 153-acre Katonah, New York estate. While Martha Stewart may be reading Squidoo lenses, it has been proven that she is NOT the Evelyn Wood speed reader.
If you search the Squidu Forum, you will find many, many threads on "how many lenses have your rated" and "how do you rate lenses with stars." There are those lensmasters who can quickly ascertain the star quality of a lens and rate it; then there are those lensmasters who take their time on a lens before evaluating with their star rating. Some lensmasters vehemently believe that you must use all the stars to evaluate a lens. Others will say that they will not leave a star if they cannot find it in their heart to leave 5 stars.
And, then there is the Evelyn Wood speed reader and rater from New Jersey!
UPDATE: Evelyn Wood was actually a guy from Brick, New Jersey who also was living in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He had at least 9 multiple IDs on Squidoo and was busy using them to one star Squidoo lenses. We knew who he was and so did Squidoo.
UPDATE TAKE TWO: Well, it seems we all moved on from Squidoo to HubPages. You know what? I recently found that our Evelyn Wood attained a new distinction of being BANNED from HubPages. How about that?