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What's on your wish list?Earlier this week I threw out a productivity call - and I’m trudging through my week doing a bunch of stuff I’ve been putting off for a very long time.

But it’s frustratingly never-ending - and I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way! There’s always more getting added to the list, more that I want to do, learn about, and get accomplished.

The things that are the most maddening are the things that seem like a lot of fun to do, but I just don’t have the time to take when I weigh the potential rewards. Sometimes it’s a good call and the things eventually fall off of my to do list without ever getting done, because they would have been a waste of time.

But sometimes the things just linger there on my To Do Wish List - and haunt me with their potential…

Things like:

Do any of you also have a To Do Wish List?
Why don’t we pool our resources?

  1. We put together a list of things we all wanted to learn more about - but just didn’t have the time.
  2. We assign one Wish per person
  3. Each person takes a couple of hours to learn the ropes and writes up a post with the best tips
  4. We have a big link love and learning fest in the process!

Leave a comment with your To Do Wish - I’ll coordinate and organize the info in one place for everyone to share. Or just take the initiative to assign yourself one of the wishes and I’ll keep track of it all.

Who’s in?! :D

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    On May 18th, 2007 at 10:32 am, Laura said:

    Wow! I can say that I’m interested in all of those topics on your to do list. I’m not sure that I can play (due to time constraints this week), but I’ll certainly be following the posts that come out of this project.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 11:10 am, Hugh | A Politically Incorrect Entrepreneur said:

    I have tried a dozen times to figure out Squidoo.

    I am in. I have a to-do list around here somewhere…

    On May 18th, 2007 at 11:50 am, Jordan said:

    Hm, always on my to do list:

    1. Determine whether ads & affiliate marketing might reduce the value of my blog to my readers.
    2. Find a good way to find & offer to be a guest blogger.
    3. Compare phpBB2 and SMF to determine which would make a better forum.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 12:12 pm, Scott said:

    I’m all for it. Here’s my to do list:

    * Putting together a Squidoo Lens
    * Learning how to get somewhere on Reddit, Furl, BumpZee or Newsvine
    * Building out a strong profile and socializing on MySpace and CafeMom
    * Creating a Google Toolbar icon to get gazillions of subscribers
    * Taking the time to submit my best articles to the article submission sites

    Oh wait…that looks familiar. ;)

    I’m up for all those, except maybe cafemom, but also the following:

    * learning to re-vamp my front page to show off my back catalogue better
    * getting better at the “Social” side of Stumbleupon
    * Figuring out whether video is worth it

    On May 18th, 2007 at 12:13 pm, Sue Olson said:

    Wendy - my wish list will seem like itty bitty baby stuff compared to the seasoned veterans lists - if you see a need for a newbie section to the wish list I’m willing to jump in and help.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 12:17 pm, Scott said:

    I’m all for a newbie section, since I’ll probably be using it too. :D

    On May 18th, 2007 at 1:12 pm, Adam Kayce : Monk At Work said:

    I know a thing or two about article submission sites, so I could help out there.

    I’d like to know more about how to take advantage of sites like StumbleUpon, Netscape, Furl, etc. All those cool social bookmarking tag thingys you’ve got there (and how do you get those, anyhow?)

    On May 18th, 2007 at 1:24 pm, derek said:

    Great idea Wendy and I would be interested in helping out with the research/posts.

    Something on my wish list right now is to learn how to pack (I always tend to overpack and everything is a wrinkled mess anyways) as I am leaving for Orlando soon but more blogging related things:

    ~ streamline the theme switching process in WordPress
    ~ learn how to really use StumbleUpon
    ~ introduce myself to
    ~ learn how to find/solicit guest bloggers (see Orlando above)

    On May 18th, 2007 at 1:30 pm, Stephen Welton said:

    Now that is masterminding in action!

    On May 18th, 2007 at 1:41 pm, Hugh Hollowell said:

    I second the request for a newbie section.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 1:43 pm, Wendy Piersall said:

    I’m all for a newbie section too!

    So what kinds of things do you want added to the master Wish List? Lay ‘em on me! :D

    On May 18th, 2007 at 3:16 pm, Easton Ellsworth said:

    I’m SO in. My wish:
    - Figure out how to do a really awesome, really effective weekly training conference call and record it for future reference. So anyone that could help me study how to make that as interesting and useful as possible would be greatly appreciated.

    Just throw one at me anytime Wendy!

    On May 18th, 2007 at 3:49 pm, Dennis Bjørn Petersen said:

    The custom Google Toolbar icon sounds really cool. I will help you guys (and myself) make one. Be advise though…that means I’ll do something tomorrow (Saturday) that might risk putting the Bollinger back in the wine cellar =P

    Would it be an idea to host an online meeting through a program like Citrix GoToMeeting? That way we can all create our own toolbar icon together? I can share my screen with those participating in the meeting.
    Also I created a Squidoo I think I got something that looks useful

    Wendy, forget about MySpace… ;) Wallop is here. Its much more interesting. Let me know if you want an invite. (I wrote a post about it on my site too)

    Now what else is there…StumbleUpon. Yes there is plenty to write about there too. Let me see how much I can do.

    Anyway tomorrow I will look at:
    Google Toolbar Custom Icon (perhaps together in an online meeting)
    Persuade Wendy to use Wallop ;)

    My wish:
    How to build a CafePress shop (with some nice graphics/design)

    On May 18th, 2007 at 4:23 pm, Adam Kayce : Monk At Work said:

    Easton, we should talk. I’d be happy to share on that one; I’ve been doing teleclasses for a while now.

    Heck, we could make it a teleclass (if Wendy likes the idea), and get together on a conference line and chat! I bet quite a few people would have good experience and ideas.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 5:27 pm, derek said:

    I created a Squidoo page as well. While it isn’t much to write home about, it really only took me about 5-10 minutes to get this to where it is now:

    On May 18th, 2007 at 7:18 pm, Neena said:

    I am interested in the very cool, 3D RSS button - I see it here on your site also. I have searched and searched to no avail. You can count me in, but I am also a newbie and am a bit overwhelmed by all the social networking/bookmarking sites.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 7:48 pm, Wendy Piersall said:

    Holy cow this got a lot bigger than I thought it would - and I lot faster too! Especially for a lazy Friday afternoon when nobody is usually around!

    GREAT!! :D

    I’ll start getting the info organized. Please keep the requests for topics coming - and we might even be able to build this into something bigger than I originally anticipated! (Dennis - you gave me some great ideas - we’ll chat soon! IM me on Sunday or Monday if you’re around)


    On May 18th, 2007 at 8:07 pm, Sue Olson said:

    I need to figure out how to fix my blogroll, how to add my archive posts to the end of my new one in the “you might also like:” area, I’d like to know how to do a favicon and if it should be a priority, how do I read my stats and which stats are the most reliable?, hmmmmm…I may add more later…

    On May 18th, 2007 at 9:54 pm, said:

    get the google webmaster tools stuff all set up for my domain.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 9:59 pm, Nathania Johnson said:

    I just set up a MySpace page for my new Classic Movies blog - so I’d be happy to write up a post about it - at the very least, you can get a free link out of it, people!

    Same with squidoo - i’ve created a couple of lenses - it’s not terribly exciting - but again - a free link.

    and if anyone wants to know about 301 redirects and must-have wordpress plugins, i can write about that too.

    On May 18th, 2007 at 10:13 pm, pearl said:

    WOW - this is gonna be my playground for a few weeks - I am soo newbie at all of this - got to go check out what the heck is squidoo..haha and i do wanna learn to make that favicon, google toolbar icon and that cool RSS buttons - graphics and all.. gosh I am so excited =)

    On May 18th, 2007 at 11:12 pm, Kim Dushinski said:

    Count me in!

    I am open to researching and posting about any number of the topics. Pick something for me and I’m on it.

    I love all the ideas and look forward to being a part of this project.

    On May 19th, 2007 at 6:08 am, Dennis Bjørn Petersen said:

    I’ve got the Google Toolbar Button up and running with RSS feed.

    On May 19th, 2007 at 10:43 am, Jordan said:

    @Sue–For related posts, I use a WordPress plugin. It looks like the site that created mine ( is down right now, but here’s another:

    I also discussed favicons last week on my blog:

    I recommend Google Analytics for stats.

    On May 19th, 2007 at 10:54 am, Simonne said:

    I’m going to make a Google toolbar button. It’s the first time I heard that’s possible, and I find it an excellent idea.

    On May 19th, 2007 at 10:57 am, Wendy Piersall said:

    Simonne - did you read the FreshBlogger post about it? He jumped from 150 RSS subscribers to over 800 because he did this.

    I know I’m supposed to be inspirational and all, but I found some hefty inspiration in THOSE numbers! ;)

    On May 19th, 2007 at 6:06 pm, Chris Gray said:

    @derek, I am currently working on a WordPress plug-in that may help “streamline the theme switching process in WordPress”.

    I have been struggling with having to transfer all of my custom template tweaks (tracking code, MyBlogLog, etc.) every time I switch templates…so I have been exploring automating part of the process. Let me know if I could help out with your “Wish”.

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