What Is A List Post?

A list post is an article in a list format. It lists a number of reasons, tips, methods, shortcuts, secrets, types, ways, and trends. Next to the infographic, it is the most popular post format in terms of social shares. Also called listicles, they give an all-around view of a topic.

According to an old survey, the most popular list posts had the following number of items: 10, 23, 16, and 24 (in this exact order).

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The 10 Commandments: The Earliest List Post

Why A List Post Is Fun

A list post on any blog is a fun project for three reasons:

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  1. If you are a content creator within a specific niche, then you must do a list post. It’s an immensely popular format with built-in bragging rights for showcasing the author’s ‘abstracting’ skills, coupled with the advantages of a quick ‘heads-up’ of what’s currently going on in the niche.
  2. You get a pushover motivation from another creator (like this one from Listverse: 10 Vile Ways Psychology Is Used For Evil.)
  3. And, of course, this kind of post can do a carpet-bomb style of outreach to those multitasking readers who are extremely busy with their schedules.

I feel for anyone soul who arrives at this post but does not read one extra word beyond the list of subheadings in the article, it would be equally fine for all of us — the reader and the writer.

The reader would have gathered his arrows, and the writer would be beaming to have got the crux across within the span of a blink-feed.

World peace, indeed.

If you’re a content creator, you must do a list-post at some point – a highly popular article format with built-in bragging rights for the author’s summarizing talents, as well as the benefits of a quick heads-up on a topic.

A list post is perfect for someone who loves to scroll at lightning speeds. Their roving eyes can easily scan the article and still come off wiser just skimming through the points.

Some of our popular list posts are:

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A list post delivers more than expected.

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Author Bio: Written and reviewed by Sandip Roy — medical doctor, psychology writer, and happiness researcher. Founder and Chief Editor of The Happiness Blog. Writes on mental wellbeing, happiness, positive psychology, and philosophy (especially Stoicism).


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