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 BuzzSumo’s research, the most popular list posts had the following number of items: 10, 23, 16, and 24 (in this exact order).

10 Commandments list post

Why A List Post Is Fun

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

  1. If you are blogging within a specific niche, then you just have to do a list post at some point. 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. That is, a roving eye may easily scan it and still come off wiser.
  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 niche-blogging, you just have to do a #ListPost sometime – as it's an extremely popular format with inbuilt bragging rights for the author's abstracting skills, with the advantages of a quick heads-up of the goings-on. Click To Tweet

Some of our popular list posts are:

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Author Bio: Sandip Roy–a medical doctor, psychology writer, and happiness researcher. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. Writes pop-sci articles on psychology and philosophy.

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