This is Day 2 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project we are doing together in an attempt to improve our blogs and help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here. Please subscribe to our RSS Feed to stay updated on the project.
Today, we are going to write a list post on our blogs. Thank you to all of you who participated on Monday, we had some decent turnout but it would be really nice if you started to read and interact with each other. Unfortunately, I can’t be everywhere and comment on everyone’s input, it would take me hours
- Day 1 (Monday): Write an Elevator Pitch For Your Blog
- Day 2 (Tuesday): Write a List Post on your blog
- Day 3 (Wednesday): Promote a Blog Post
- Day 4 (Thursday): Analyze a Top Blog in your Niche
- Day 5 (Friday): Must-Read Tips and Tutorials for Bloggers
Let’s face it, online readers are lazy and only skim most web content in a few seconds (You might be doing that right now!) . Lists are a great way of effectively reaching readers by maximizing the chance that it will be read. Not only are lists easy to read but they are also much more likely to be spread from one person to the next. For example, one of the most popular internet meme (which are essentially lists) around our movie blogging community was the Desert Island DVD list. Many of you who participated probably remember how enjoyable it was from writing it, to sharing it and reading other people’s list. Would it have been as popular if everyone wrote lengthy paragraphs about the same topic instead?
Why are List Posts Popular?
1. Lists are easy and quick to read – Most blog visitors tend to scan content quickly instead of reading everything you write word for word. A list makes it more likely that people will read the majority of your post by communicating the important points quickly and easily. Hence, readers know quickly if a post contains information that interests them and whether they should browse your blog more in detail.
2. Lists keep posts succinct – Blogging is by definition about short posts. It’s always a bit perplexing when you land on a blog and the author rambles on and on for 10, 15 minutes or more of attentive reading. No one is reading pal! If it takes more than about 5 minutes to read an entire post, it is way too long! There is something about a list that keeps you from making the same mistake.
3. Lists look ‘neat’ – I don’t know about you but I rarely ever read large chunk of text. My rule of thumb is always to space out everything with pictures, graphics, tables and yes, lists! Lists allows for visual spacing, making them much easier and attractive to read than the same text in a paragraph format.
4. Lists are persuasive – if you are making an argument about a topic, a list allows to present numerous arguments quickly and convincingly.
5. Lists are easier to write – I enjoy writing lists because you move on from one point to another quickly without having to worry about connecting train of thoughts together.
6. Lists are more likely to be shared – How often have you read a list and wanted to talk or blog about it afterward? List are more likely to be shared on social medias like Twitter and Facebook because they are condensed forms of ideas.
Today, your assignment will be to write a list post on your blog. A few things you should keep in mind:
- Stay on topic with the general theme/focus of your blog
- Order the list logically: Strongest item first
- Expand on each item with a few sentence
Share Your New List Post
It’s time to for you to go on your blog and write your list post. Once you’ve done it – do come back here and leave the link and title in comments below. My hope in this is that participants will get a little traffic but also that you will inspire one another with your lists. I’m looking forward to read what you come up with!
- Do you think that list posts are both easier to write and easier to read?
- Have you made successful use of list posts in the past?