Things I Love

July 27, 2005 by
Filed under: Blogging, Gadget Watch 

I love blogging.

Last month 23,000 unique visitors came to my web site, mostly to read
my blog. Two weeks ago I blogged about how only 4 students had signed
up
for the Internet Marketing course at BYU that I’m scheduled to teach
this fall. Now there are 32 enrolled.

I love Wikis.

Our FundingUniverse.com
team launched a Wiki last week for entrepreneurs. We have 8 volunteer
editors so far who are going to help us recruit contributors and build
a Wiki that contains thousands of quotes and "success tactics" from the
most successful entrepreneurs of all time. Our hope is that
entrepreneurs will use this Wiki to find new ideas by discovering what
worked for others. I have several hundred extracts from
autobiographies, biographies, articles, and business histories to add
myself.

This morning at 4 am I woke up with two new ideas–a Wiki to track all
the venture capital firms in the world, and a Wiki to track angel
investors. I emailed our developer and by 12:00 noon he had launched both new Wikis
and the DNS was already propagated, so I could actually start editing
them. I was amazed. (I love smart developers. I love going from idea to
implementation in a matter of hours. That’s what I try to optimize my
creative life around. That’s why I like to be involved in lots of
companies with free developer resources.)

I love my mp3 player.

Whenever I don’t have enough time for my morning "devotional" I listen
to scriptures, talks, and audio books on my Creative Zen 40 GB mp3
player. What I really want is an mp3 player that downloads content I want without having to connect to my computer; but that may
be a year or two away. In the meantime, I love content from Audible.com and LDSAudio.com. I’m looking forward to mp3books.com
(which my Infobase Media company launched a couple of weeks ago)
acquiring hundreds of new audio titles. I’ve been pointing them to some
wonderful sources.

I love my Blackberry.

I could accomplish only a fraction of what I do each day without my
Blackberry 7230 combo cell phone, email, address book and calendar. I
can type 55+ wpm using my thumbs. I have decided that this is my core
competency. :)

I love Yahoo’s Mailing Lists feature.

I finally dumped Outlook (after my .pst files kept getting full) and
went to Yahoo Mail (I use Gmail as well to manage all my alerts). It
syncs with my Blackberry. I’m now taking my 2,600 contacts which were
extremely difficult to manage in Outlook and I’m building email groups
and lists very quickly.

Comments

5 Comments on Things I Love

  1. Russell Page on Fri, 12th Aug 2005 7:08 pm
  2. Paul:

    I have been thinking about putting up a WiKi that basically tells the story of the history of technology in Utah. In reality, WiKis tell one giant story. They tell the history of some subject with a “choose your own adventure” pathway that all links back to itself.

  3. Russell Page on Fri, 12th Aug 2005 7:08 pm
  4. Paul:

    I have been thinking about putting up a WiKi that basically tells the story of the history of technology in Utah. In reality, WiKis tell one giant story. They tell the history of some subject with a “choose your own adventure” pathway that all links back to itself.

  5. Jeff on Thu, 18th Aug 2005 10:08 pm
  6. I’ve been reading your entries about blogging and, thanks to your inspiration, I recently started a blog. Thanks, Paul!

  7. Jeff on Thu, 18th Aug 2005 10:08 pm
  8. I’ve been reading your entries about blogging and, thanks to your inspiration, I recently started a blog. Thanks, Paul!

  9. Scott Peterson on Tue, 23rd Aug 2005 10:08 pm
  10. It is surprising to me that you haven’t gotten more students for your Internet Marketing class. I would have thought that at BYU such a class would be over-enrolled.

    I’m also thinking that blogging should be a great way for professors to build interest in their courses. One could post a syllabus, include teaser info and maybe positive ratings/reviews from former students

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