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31DBBB: Day #2 Write a List Post

List PostNow this is my kind of challenge: one I’ve already done. Not only have I written a list post, I’ve written a bunch of them. So this step on the ProBlogger Challenge will be easier than most!

Over the years I learned something from my speaking engagements. Whenever you start giving out a numbered list of any kind, people start taking notes. It doesn’t really matter what you’re saying or how important it is. If you start listing things, people assume that what’s coming is really good stuff and they pay attention. (My upcoming book is titled 7 Success Habits of Homeschoolers. I’m serious about lists!)

For better or worse, the same is true on a blog. People love lists, so writing list posts is a generally great idea. My biggest surprise with this challenge is to note that I haven’t written as many as I thought on Pix2Brix. Here is my list of list posts (heh heh):

Today I’ll add another for good measure. Come on over and read my latest list post “Best Toys: 60 Educational Family Games.”

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  • Hesham February 16, 2010, 7:30 pm

    I love lists as well, it’s a great way to get attention and people mostly like to promot it an share it with their frinds!

    I am just not a big fan of huge and long lists Alison 😉
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..SEO: Is It Really That Important Anymore? =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 16, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Well, Hesham, then you’re not going to like my 60 educational family games list! But that’s OK. 🙂

    I wrote the bulk of that post months ago. After speaking at a convention I asked for input from the attendees and just lumped them all together. Those suggestions added to mine came to 58 games, so I added a couple of highly-rated award-winning games to round out the list, fixed up the formatting, and published.

    I just really like games and couldn’t bear to part with any. So, a long list it is!

  • Dana February 17, 2010, 1:28 am

    But — sometimes the lists article is boring because there is no enough meat in the list.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..Yes, This Blog is Having BuySellAds.com (BSA) Advertising Space Now =-.

  • mmdrama February 17, 2010, 10:11 am

    Ooo… I need to do a list! That seems kind of fun 🙂

    Love that you’re doing the 31 day challenge… I always like to find out something new!
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  • Alison Moore Smith February 17, 2010, 11:07 am

    Of course, Dana. But I hope no one is promoting boring list posts! 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith February 17, 2010, 11:33 am

    mmdrama, thanks for dropping by. Join me. It’s a great blog exercise no matter how long you’ve been blogging. I’ve been at it for over seven years but there is always more to learn and it’s good to be reminded of things you haven’t tried in a while.

    Today I’m working on some article marketing for the day #3 challenge and had to dust off a years old account to do it. (Right now I’m waiting for it to be reinstated because it was suspended due to having an old email address on the account.)

  • Fazreen February 27, 2010, 10:53 am

    Sometimes we should change the way we write a post. So the list post might be a good choice. I’m usually use this kind of post when I make a list of applications

  • Hesham February 27, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Oh! well.. 60 is too much for a guy in my age lol! I remembered your post again after writing another nice list of a few useful WP plugins , so I came to visit again to say hi and do some retweet stuff here 😉
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..Top 7 Celebrity Plugins, How to turn Wordpress into a Hollywood Blog =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 28, 2010, 3:33 am

    A guy your age? What the heck! Games are ageless, my man!

  • Karl Foxley March 10, 2010, 5:33 am

    I do love list posts and I enjoy writing them. The only thing I get tired of is when you visit the same blog and every post that is written is in list format, a bit of variety is always good.
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  • Debbie Lattuga March 13, 2010, 11:39 am

    List posts are like link bait. They tend to rank in the search engines and other blogs like to link to them. So they tend to stick around a while.

    But I agree, I hate long list posts. But I love your list Alison. I have built a custom home, and you need rock climbing gear to get into the jacuzzi tub. Coulda used this list before.
    .-= Debbie Lattuga´s last blog ..Online Photography Classes | Top 7 =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 13, 2010, 4:37 pm

    So true, Karl. Most methods are best when used judiciously!

    Good insights, Debbie. I agree. Generally I don’t like long lists, but particular lists warrant it. For example, the 60 Educational Family Games post came about after I gathered input from a whole bunch of people. If you’re a game lover you probably already have a bunch of games, but this list is still likely to include some you don’t have! 🙂

    Custom homes are something else, aren’t they? This is our third build and second completely custom home. I think you have to do it at least once just to find out all the things you forgot to pay attention to!

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