Welcome to day 23 of my 30 days of blog post ideas series. Today we focus on counting things…
Everyone loves a good list. Something about bringing order to an unruly set of data makes us all breathe a sigh of relief.
Look a popular checkout aisle magazines for how to create a list. They have it down to a fine art. ’25 ways to lose weight’, ’15 secrets of successful people’ ’99 signs you may be a genius’. They offer specificity (a finite number) along with promising to give something very concrete. If it works to sell magazines, it will work for your blog.
Pick a topic and create a list. Decide if your list will ordered or unordered and write it up. Don’t dwell forever on arranging the list or wondering what to include and what not to include. People may always disagree with your list – and that’s what you want. Hopefully they will do so via comments and you can start a c conversation.
- Make sure your headline calls out specifically how many items are in your list.
- Don’t try and include the world in your list – keep it small and specific.
- The list doesn’t have to be static, you could build on it every few months. E.g. a list of useful software. Given the nature of software it’s always changing, you could revisit and update the list once or twice a year, getting more bang for your buck.