Note – Because of the lack of live links and threaded comments on Examiner I’ll be posting the daily exercises here, and weekly round-ups there. I apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks Jill for pointing out the link issue!
Day two – Since I went through 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (affiliate link) for the very first time, I have fallen in love with list posts. You’ll notice that I’ve added a weekly list post to my postings here at Examiner – A wrap up of interesting blogs or resources each week posted (hopefully) every Thursday.
Darren highlights three main types of list posts and cautions not to make them the ONLY type of post on your blog, but rather consider them a valuable resource to sprinkle in every so often.
Type one is the entire post as a list. This is just what it says – the list is the post with no extraneous information added in. I love the original example post that Darren lists in the book, 21 Ways to Write Posts that are Guaranteed to Grow Your Blog. http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/01/21/21-ways-to-write-posts-that-are-guaranteed-to-grow-your-blog/
Type two is the extended lists post. A great example is my Suite101 article highlighting all the plant profiles I’ve written. There is a big list of other articles I’ve written, with a description on each entry of the list.
Type three is the list within a post. This post about Overcoming Obstacles is a great example of this technique with a list included in the blog post.
I think the thing I enjoy about list posts is that it’s a way to contain my easily scattered thoughts. I can package up the best kernels of what I’m thinking about and package them up more neatly for you. I also LOVE that lists are so versatile and can be adapted to almost any blog situation and any niche, topic or material.
So what is a blog challenge without a little homework right? Create a list post on one of your websites or blogs! Leave the link in the comments below of course.
Note – Feel free to leave your comments from Day One here as well since Day One’s Challenge – Creating an Elevator Pitch was published on Examiner already.