AAAA list of 11 important advantages to list writing

August 14, 2006 – 5:33 am

by Darren

Darren at Problogger is giving away cash this week for those with the best lists. Writing lists is my main skill, and perhaps my greatest passion in life, so good luck to the other contestants. Writing lists has a number of advantages over making regular blog posts, so let’s examine them in detail. This is my entry into the List Group Writing Project.

1) Writing lists get you linked. You’re in the business of blogging. Links are the lifeblood of blogs. You need to write lists in order to keep your lifeblood coming. To not write lists is to perish.

2) Lists give you a chance to express yourself in an orderly bulleted manner that doesn’t exist in real life. If life was always tidy and in perfectly ordered condition, you wouldn’t need to write lists. But life is ugly and unseemly, so lists give you a way to establish control

3) Writing lists is a way to win cash prizes from Problogger. Normally you’ll be paid very little for reading Problogger. With an award-winning list, this could all change into cold hard cash.

4) A list is a compelling way to present facts, and it makes you look like an authority
. If you can “rattle off” a great number of legitimate soundling facts in a numbered format, almost everyone will look up to you. Dumb people, in particular, will be way impressed.

5) A list can liven up an otherwise deadly dull blog. Some blogs are so damn boring you can barely open your browser to point at them. That will no longer be the case when you start list writing. Writing lists is exciting!

6) Lists are stickier than regular posts. They should be. They seem “more official” because of their format. A list can stick around 41% more than its’ non-list counterpart.

7) All the cool people are writing lists. I know what your parents said about following the cool people. They were wrong. Cool people are cool, so if we want to be like them, we’ll imitate.

8) Lists make the world a better place to live in.
At least I think so, and that’s what matters for this list.

9) Lists are a great way to win your argument. It’s a way to overwhelm your competition. “You think I’m wrong? Here’s 10 reasons you’re full of crap.”

10) Lists build prestige for blogs and bloggers.
A “Lister” is considered to be an elite blogger, one who is head and shoulders above her peers. Listers are also known as “A-Listers”, for their ability to write “A List” so quickly and efficiently.

11) Lists bring people together. And that’s what it’s all about for me, bringing people together. A list is a way to help people from all over the world bond, and that is what makes this whole crazy blogging thing worth while.

  1. 13 Responses to “AAAA list of 11 important advantages to list writing”

  2. Great darren. Best of luck to you about the prize. I agree with you totally. Today, I wrote an entry in the form of list- 10 Things to Love and 10 Things to Hate about India and guess what, it could make the home page of Fark Politics.

    By Razib Ahmed on Aug 14, 2006

  3. Ah, list love! It’s an easy way to organize content and is interesting indeed! Our list is up if you’d like to look -

    Have a great day!

    By MamaDuck on Aug 15, 2006

  4. A list about lists. How “meta.” ;)

    By Graham English on Aug 15, 2006

  5. Thanks for the comments and welcome,

    Yes Graham. I hope people understood my title too. In the Yellow Pages in the US, you get listed at the top alphabetically, so there’s a lot of companies called “AAAA Company”, so they appear first in the listings.

    Since titles are everything, I figured my spammy title would end up first :)

    By Darren on Aug 15, 2006

  6. Well if all the cool kids are doing it.

    By Sarakastic on Aug 15, 2006

  7. Excellent points! I love to write lists. For me, it’s a way to dump a bunch of thoughts into a post and have them make sense without having to worry about silly things like transitions.

    By Caryn on Aug 15, 2006

  8. I have to agree with number 11. The ProBlogger assignment has been fun.

    By Laurie on Aug 16, 2006

  9. Fun post: you did a great job. Thanks for the smile in my day.

    By Donna on Aug 18, 2006

  10. Thanks for the compliment, Donna. I was hoping for that result :)

    By Darren on Aug 18, 2006

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