3 Reasons List Posts Rock

Originally posted on December 17, 2009 Filed Under:

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Most people who get their news online, especially via blogs, are familiar with posts formatted like a list. We see them all the time. Some sites specialize in roundups like TopRoundups. Despite what Nuttall says on his blog, list posts make life easier for busy people. Here’s why:

They’re Easy To Read

Some of us are too busy with other things to read every word of every article all the time. There’s so much that shows up in my RSS reader that even if I tried to do that I wouldn’t find any time for work! Sometimes, we just want to get the gist of a topic and get out as quickly as we can.

Despite what Nuttall says, I rarely see posts with over twenty items that aren’t just external links to resources. Generally speaking, lists posts are short, straight to the point, and have large subtitles to skim through. If a topic really catches my eye from the subtitles, then I will go back and read the rest of it.

They Make Good Resources

Those resource lists are useful in their own way. Articles like Smashing Magazine’s “15 Fresh High-Quality Free Fonts” make great reference materials. These types of articles gather resources we may have never seen before, and some that we have, and categorize them so they are easy to find if you save them for later.

Having a collection of resources on my computer saves me valuable time when I’m doing work on other projects.

They’re Quick And Easy

… to read. You don’t have to spend hours wading through dense, poorly spaced paragraphs of text. You can read an article, get a few good ideas, relax your work muscles, and then go right back to what you were doing. Speaking of which, don’t you have work to do?

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James handles creative direction and business operations at The Phuse. He spends most of his time trying to bring our design and coding standards to the next level, and believes there is always room for improvement. When he isn't figuring out how to improve our work environment or make sense of Excel he enjoys playing board games with loved ones.

4 Comments (Leave One)

  • Design Informer on December 17, 2009 Reply

    Great points that you brought up James. I think list posts are great, I just think that it’s good to keep a balance and not just do lists everyday. :)

  • Hunter Nuttall on December 18, 2009 Reply

    Hi, James. Ironically, my last post was a list post. I agree that they can work well for both the writer and the readers, so long as they’re used appropriately.

  • James Costa on December 20, 2009 Reply

    Hey Hunter! Thanks for the comment!

    @ Jad: Thanks as well – definitely need to balance things out. There aren’t enough original articles out there with actual content anymore, but it has to do a lot with our readers’ attention spans. :-)

  • Johnny on December 22, 2009 Reply

    I think it’s important to have original content as well as lists; a good mix of articles, lists, tutorials etc is important.

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