Have you noticed how many numbered list blog posts there are on the internet?
What’s a numbered list post you ask? A list post is a post that uses a numbered list in the title and structure of the post.
For example, the enormously popular blog site Mind Body Green is heavily dominated by list posts:
- A 12-Point Guide to Attract the Partner of Your Dreams
- 17 Self-Help Books Everyone Should Read
- 10 Habits of Emotionally Resilient People
- 5 Beliefs That Are Messing Up Your Meditation Practice
- The 5 Best Ways to Beat Depression Naturally
- 5 Spiritual Lessons I Learned From Obsessing Over Food
Are you getting the idea here?
List posts are a staple on blogs because they work.
Most people that consume content online scan quickly, so a list post as a highly organised way to present ‘snackable content’ that your readers can quickly digest on the run.
So your next blog challenge is to write a list post on a mental health issue.
Once you start writing list posts, it’s likely you’ll enjoy it so much you’ll continue to use this format for blogging on a regular basis.
A final tip: The most popular numbered posts are 3, 5, 7, 9, or 10. Odd numbered lists (or 10) get more engagement than other numbers, so consider using one of those numbered lists for your post.
Guidelines for sharing
Once you’ve completed your blog post, please share it in the comments section below so we can all read your challenge submission.
- If you’re joining the challenge late, you can see all the blog topics for the months you’ve missed on our website here.
- Please share your blog posts on Twitter when completed with the hashtag: #TherapyWorks! and mention @AUcounselling so I can then share your blog posts on our social media accounts.
- There is a group pin board where we will pin all the posts related the challenge. Please follow the Australia Counselling Pinterest account so I can add you.
- Please share the blog posts of others and add comments to their blogs so we can all benefit from the power of the social web!
If you’ve landed on this page from social media and are not signed up for the 2014 blog challenge, you can do so here.