12 Days of Blogging Christmas: Day 4 – Lists

12DBC Lists

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Blogging Christmas. You can catch up here:

Day 1 – Photo Posts

Day 2 – Break Editorial Schedule

Day 3 – Guest Post


I’m not a huge fan of list posts because I prefer longer-form writing, but they do suit some formats and topics. I also tend to associate them with topics that are too sensationalist and lacking research. So, personally I try to use them sparingly.


12DBC Lists


Having said that, here are 10 reasons you could use lists:

  1. They’re short
  2. You can summarise ideas
  3. You can use them to brainstorm
  4. They’re quick & easy posts to consume
  5. You can easily gauge community reaction to an idea
  6. You can use them in the future to expand into blog posts of their own for each point
  7. There is no set list length
  8. You may be helping someone learn to count
  9. Not all list items need to be fantastic ideas on their own (see 8, above)
  10. You can ask a question


Do you use list posts? What do you think the biggest advantage & disadvantage is to a list post? 


Read more:

Day 5 – Newsletters

Day 6 – Tutorial

Day 7 – Case Study

Day 8 – Story

Day 9 – Printable

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