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Patrick McNease
Patrick McNease

List posts are great especially if your list post is niche specific. A majority of my popular posts are list posts. I compiled lists of blogs, hip-hop artists, marketing masterminds and more. Thank you for this informative post.

dbvickery
dbvickery

You lost me at Cinco de Mayo. We literally took that little event and spread it between about Tres de Mayo...to about Quatro de Julio. Heck of a year, that one!

Good luck w/the list posts. Bite sized chunks do work well for skimming and still getting the message, and those handy little bites are perfect H2 tag candidates.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

I would provide you with 69 reasons why I don't like list posts but I just don't have the time. They are easy to write and read so I appreciate that.

And I have had success with them, so I suppose that my dislike is sort of like cutting my nose to spite my face, but I am not a fan of doing things that feed the instant gratification society that hates to read more than 5 words.

John_Trader1
John_Trader1

Great idea for a theme Ken. Here are my top 5 reasons why I like this post:

1. It offers practical advice 
2. It's easy to read, and provides actionable information
3. List posts took you outside your box. We all need more of that.
4. The post spurs ideas, and helps get the creative juices flowing
5. There are links to previous List posts you have written that I didn't know about which could be helpful to me

Thought the least I could do was reciprocate this great post with a list response!

KenMueller
KenMueller moderator

@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I agree with you to a degree. I hate feeding into that as well, but on the other hand, I know when I'm looking for information on how to do something, etc, I hate having to read through a lot of other stuff to find the meat of what I'm looking for. We're all pressed for time. I think it also comes down to understanding that what I'm writing here is not literature. It's not an academic paper. That's not my audience, so I want to make sure my audience (people who own and operate small businesses or nonprofits), who is strapped for time, gets what they need in an easily digestible way. And as Eco points out, literature itself is filled with lists. This is nothing new.

KenMueller
KenMueller moderator

@John_Trader1 haha. nice! thanks, John. And perhaps you have a list of 5 that could be written in a guest post for my little experiment this month, eh?

John_Trader1
John_Trader1

@KenMueller I'd love to write something for you in the future Ken. Let me reassess my commitments for this month and see if I will have time to write something for you.

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