So, onto day two of Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to a Better Blog. For those others of you who are going to follow it too, note the hashtag at the top (Darren offers a hashtag for each day, so we can see what others using the plan are doing).
Why use lists?
- The ‘hottest’ content on bookmarking sites (Digg, etc.) are those that are written in this format, and therefore more likely to go viral/encourage engagement.
- Online readers are lazy. Lists are easy to scan.
- Lists stop the blogger rambling, as each point has to have a clear start/finish.
- Lists look neat, and therefore easier to read
- Lists, when written well, can be comprehensive & not dumbed down
- Present arguments in a more persuasive, concise, manner
- Aids writing as you work things into bite-sized pieces
- People like sharing lists (but ensure that isn’t all you post)
Today’s Task: Write a List Post
- Step-by-step explanation of the procedure
- Collection of ideas/people
- A ranked selection of concepts/sites, etc.
- 1) Be blunt and tell it like it is, with little more than the list itself.
Example: 21 ways to write posts to grow your blog traffic
- 2) More like an essay, but points are broken down into numbered lists
Examples: 10 ways to take better photos
- 3) Use lists within other blog posts, which can make it easier for others to skim content.
Some topics lend themselves to lists easier than others.
- 21 tips for amateur wedding photographers. Brief tips that could be expanding into individual post ideas.
- Popular digital cameras & gear. Ranking popular products from highest to lowest – giving clear value to readers
- 20 types of pages every blogger should consider. Use a small picture to draw attention to each post-point. NOTE: The advice in this post is definitely worth taking on board too!
- 10 Twitter tools that help you work smarter. List of resources = useful = shareable.
- 10 High Fliers on Twitter. Tends to cause debate, discussion, and ‘vanity link-backs’. We saw this recently with Adrian Warnock’s Top 200 Christian bloggers by Twitter number.
- The logo design process. Step-by-step process.
- Top 25 fictional adverts in sci-fi movies. Another example.
- Look on Digg, or Deliciousfor inspiration
- Many top articles will be lists.
- Search for keywords related to your area of interest, and see what others have written about – use as starting points.
- Mind-map a range of possible points. Use to refine – merge/sift out the gold for your list.
- Lists may seem too simple, but can be very effective.
Matt Garland is described as a master of in-depth list posts.
- There are different styles of list posts on the blog, but consistency of formatting within a list post, otherwise the cohesion is lost.
My current ideas for list posts …
- 10 great Bible apps
- 15 suggestions for #digidisciple posts
- Step-by-step guides to using particular software to help build communication/improve our discipleship journey.
- 7 things you didn’t know about this #digidisciple
What else might you submit as a list post? Let’s encourage each other with ideas, shares, and comments!