3 kinds of list post you can choose

There are a variety of ways of incorporating lists into your blog. Depending
upon the topic and style of blog you’re building, some of these options might
be appropriate for you:
1. The post as a list—in this case there’s nothing in the post except for
the list. The title of your post introduces the topic and then the list
speaks for itself. The list can be quite bare bones—short and to the
point. However, readers often like them because of their bluntness and
the way they tell it like it is. Example: 21 Ways to Write Posts that are
Guarantees to Grow Your Blog.
2. Extended lists—this is how I generally approach list posts. I’ll show
you a couple of examples below but in a sense this type of post is
similar to an essay or article, except the main points are broken down
into a numbered list format. Generally, there’s a heading for each
section (highlighted in bold or with heading tags) with a paragraph or
two under each one. Example: 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits.
3. Lists within posts—the post you’re reading right now probably best
illustrates this type. In this post there are two lists that present ideas in
the midst of other content. In a sense the list becomes a way of
breaking up your text. I find that often these posts do quite well, as
other bloggers looking for a quote to share with their readers will go to
your list.
Some bloggers do, at times, become a little anti list, suggesting it’s an
overused technique and a lazy way to write—but this need not always be the case. There’s nothing to stop a blogger developing an in-depth list post for almost any blog.
List posts will not suit everyone’s style and probably are harder to use with
some blog topics than others, but they are a useful style of post to have in
your tool belt for when the opportunity arises.

Tips for Writing List Posts

Quick Tips for Writing List Posts
” If you’re stuck for ideas, head to a site like Digg.com or Delicious.com.
Check out their popular stories and take note of all the list posts and
articles.
” While you’re on Digg and Delicious, do a search for keywords related
to your blog and see what others have written that has performed well.
This could give you some inspiration.
” My personal style of writing list posts is to start by brainstorming as
many points as I can that are relevant to the topic I’ve chosen. I don’t
end up using them all, while some points merge and become one, but
starting with a bit list and culling it down to just the best stuff is often a
good way to start.

Examples of List Posts
I know some of our participants will find today’s task easier than others.
Some of you have successfully written a lot of list posts while others have yet to try. Some have topics where these types of posts fit better than others. I hope that in the following examples (both from my blogs and others) you’ll find a little inspiration to discover a type of post that might work with your blog.
” 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers—a general post listing a
lot of tips. The tips are brief but each could be expanded into a post of
its own at some point.
” Popular Digital Cameras and Gear—this is actually a series of four
lists of products that are popular among my readers. The lists rank
popular products from highest to lowest, which my readers have really
appreciated.
” 20 Types of Pages that Every Blogger Should Consider note the
technique of using a small picture for each point on the list in this
example. I’ve used this a number of times and it seems to work well at
drawing readers’ eyes to points. I first learned the power of this
technique in a post I wrote back in 2005 called—18 Lessons I’ve
Learned about Blogging.
” 10 Twitter Tools that Help You Work Smarter—a list of resources and
tools that have turned out to be very popular with readers. Note the
amount of re-tweets this post had on Twitter—lists can go viral!
” 10 High Fliers on Twitter—lists of people are another classic type of
post that often does well. They tend to cause debate, discussion and a
few vanity link-ins from those on the list.
” The Logo Design Process from Start to Finish—an example of a list
that really is a step-by-step process.
” Top 25 fictional ads in sci-fi movies—a little different but a good
example.