write lists, write lists, that’s what every blogger is told.
what is it that we find so fascinating about lists? i tried to find some research on that but can’t come up with anything so far. hm. let’s ask some academics who might know: john suler, famous for his psychology of cyberspace studies; chris from mixing memory, a cognitive psychology blog; and web strategist jeremiah.
in the meantime, here is … uh … a list of what i think attracts people to these bulleted and numbered items:
- lists impose a feeling of order on the jumble of demands, feelings, thoughts, information and other input that we’re faced with every day.
- lists are easy on the eyes; we can quickly skim them.
- lists are less threatening than long paragraphs. they’re less likely to contain complicated ideas and turns of phrases.
- numbered lists, especially when they’re a response to a problem, can give us a feeling of relief. only 5 things i need to do to get my energy back? sign me up!
what do you think? do you like lists? no? why or why not?
oh, and the reason why i’m writing about lists today is because i just took part in a little list writing project. well, maybe not so little. there were 67 of us, each offering a “list” post. i’ll, errr, list them all in a minute. by december 3, i’m supposed to tell which ones i like best.
why don’t you look them over and tell me which one i should vote for?
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the quitter’s checklist by em dy
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7 tricks you need to fight procrastination by samir bharadwaj
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8 habits of highly successful salespeople by daniel sitter
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10 tips on how to watch a horror movie when you are a scaredy cat by migraine chick
10 ways to improve your personality by z hereford
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17 power tips for stumbleupon beginners by dr. mani
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top 23 motivation tips, tricks and tactics from the blogosphere by mike ambrose
26 ways to change the world by chris
100 motivators for informal learning by marcel ackermann
100 resources to improve your career, relationships and money by lawrence cheok
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