Coming up with topics to write about on your blog can be a difficult process. Sometimes you feel as though you’ve mined everything there is to mine on a certain subject that you’re at a loss as to what to post on your blog next.
One easy way to come up with posts, however, is to create lists.
Lists are a popular form of blog post in this day and age, particularly because of the time constraints that plague us in our day-to-day. There’s a lot to get done in the world, and not a lot of time to do it. Plus, you have to balance out your work along with your family time and other relationships. All this puts pressure on your audience and readers.
The Ever Popular List Post
A quick way to remedy that is to create list posts, list posts that are relevant, helpful, timely, and conciseâ€”emphasis on the â€œconcise.â€ Because honestly, what better way is there to come up with a short yet helpful blog post than to create a list of useful tips or advice?
In fact, a popular type of list post is a list post that enumerates the many different ways to come up with topics for your blog.
The thing about list posts is that they’re very easy to do. You could make a list about practically anything related to your niche and have it generate views and traffic.
Coming up with the TOP 10 Movies of the Year, for example, is a post that will easily get a certain number of views and shares, especially among movie-goers. However it also appeals to the casual consumer as well, because it helps them narrow down their options on what to watch on a Friday night. Should they go to the theatre or rent a DVD?
In fact, creating a list post is so easy and efficient that this post itself will provide a list of its own.
5 Types of Lists for Your Blog’s Content
1. A List of Favorites
Cover a wide variety of productsâ€”from books to movies to software and servicesâ€”all depending on your blog’s niche.
2. A List of Tools
The best tools to help people be more productive in your area of expertise. For example, a list of the best gardening tools, or the best art brushes and pens.
3. A List of Resources
A list of valuable guides, books, seminars, courses that cover your topic of choice.
4. A List of Thought Leaders
List down those names that have the brightest and most innovative ideas in your industry.
5. A List of Success Stories
Along with your lists, be sure to include a brief explanation as to why you believe those people or things on your list are valuable. Blog about how these resources helped you, personally, and how they can also possibly help your readers and audience.
The only con about the list post is that you see them everywhere, and so their value is, in a sense, cheapened. Because they’re easy to do, certain readers feel like they’re a cheat sometimes. However, if you go deep and wide with your research and provide information not otherwise seen, then that still makes your post undoubtedly valuable.