Now that I have your attention. Has anyone else noticed that the typical blogging model has defaulted into compiling a list of things: 3 you must know or 5 things you must do? It seems that so many posts use this format to lure readers. I have used it myself although I try not to overdo it. However, here are just a few Tweets I pulled off my feed moments ago:
- 5 Design Trends that Could Derail Apple’s iWatch
- 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hire A Publicist
- 14 Social Media Blogs We Should Love
- 10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day
- 13 Habits of Extraordinary Bosses
But I wonder, are we overusing this format so much that readers are begininning to ignore it? How many lists can one possibly heed before you finally begin turn your attention elsewhere?
Social media and blogging has fascinated me for quite some time. I remember thinking back in the MySpace days that I would love to be a sociology, psychology or media Ph.D candidate because formulating a thesis would be like shooting fish in a barrel. There are so many questions to answer.
In this case, we know people ignore something that they experience too often. Spending too much time with a significant other breeds complacency. Tornado alarms are regularly ignored in places where they heard often. And here. Are we going to stop reading blog posts that offer a list of must knows or must dos?
Interesting question. Maybe the efficiency of essential lists is exactly what we need and we will never grow tired of it. I think I have though, or I wouldn’t have written this post in the first place. What’s your take?
(I was also experimenting with the 12 minute blog post- could I write a post in 12 minutes as suggested by a fellow blogger recently? This one took 20 minutes.)