I want to introduce you all to Wunderlist, a task managing app that seems made for Second Life® bloggers. It is probably great for all sorts of other tasks, but I love it for blogging for several reasons, the most important being that I do not have to recreate my to-do list every month. So, to start, you go to Wunderlist.com. You can run it on your browser as I do or download an app for your phone or tablet. It works on everything.
Signing up is easy and you can link it to your Google, Facebook or Microsoft accounts. It syncs your stuff and does all sorts of wondrous sync-y stuff that I don’t care about because I don’t have a cell phone.
Clicking on the down arrow by your name gives you all sorts of options for backgrounds and other settings. It also gives you this handy list of short cuts, allows you to turn off notifications and other goodies. You can also specify whether you want the date to show DD/MM/YY or MM/DD/YY and so on. There are prettier backgrounds for Pro users and you can get a Pro account for free by getting a friend to sign up. I suppose if I were clever, I would put some link in here so if you sign up I would get a pro account, but the free account gives me everything I want except those backgrounds, so I am fine with free. But sure, if you want to click here, BONUS! Besides, I love this free background but there is a pretty floral one I lust after in the pro ones. Now that you have your account and you have prettified it, let’s get to organizing your Blog Checklist.
Down in the lower left is a link to click to create a new list. Handily enough, CTL-N also creates a new list just like it creates a new anything in almost any software application.
A window comes up and you will be asked to name it. I considered naming it Pookie, but then decided to be all boring and professional and named it My New Blog Checklist just to keep it separate from my real blog checklist. You will note that you can add people to a list. This would be great for event planners who have shared responsibilities. You can also create folders with multiple lists, so event planners could have a list for sim design, publicity, designer recruitment, blogger recruitment, event website updates and so on. They think of everything, these guys.
Adding tasks to your list is super easy, just start typing. I typed Just Start Typing up there just to be meta.
When you add an event, you set the completion deadline off to the right. Now, see how you can set it to repeat. That will put the event back on your list for the next month after you complete your tasks for the current month. This means you do not have to add tasks every month, but need to do it only once.
Say you are blogging for an event that requires three posts each month with 3 items in each post. You can add Subtasks for each required post, checking them off as you complete them.
There is this handy place for note where you can add the URLs of each post as you do them. This is handy if the event has a monthly form to complete requiring you list your posts. Also, notice that the event’s bar in the checklist has a thermometer going across tracking your completion. It shows that the task is 2/3rds complete.
You can customize the event deadline requirements, so if you participate in a quarterly event, the quarterly deadline will come up automatically.
Here is an example of a store that requires 5 posts per month. 4 of them are done, so the thermometer is at 80% and I have the URLs handy in case they want that info.
As you can see, once a task is completed, it drops below and is semi-opaque. The new task for the following month is generated. To help you keep on track, you can sort your task list by Due Date so you are aware of what is most pressing.
There, all sorted. I am sure folks have other methods that are fine and work for them, but if you do not have a way to track your obligations as a blogger, consider Wunderlist because it is easy, you do not have to recreate your list from month to month, you can keep track of your completed posts and you can customize it to meet your needs.