I’ve finally seen the light.
Some of the wiser members of the blogosphere have convinced me…
The list post is dead.
Never mind 100 years of tested headline psychology and the fact that readers skim content online like never before… these list posts have simply got to go. I mean, Jason Calacanis made $25 million off of this type of blog content, and yet even he said on this very blog that his bread and butter methods are a cliché that needs to die.
So, I figured I had better head down to the local news stand and get some inspiration to correct my evil ways.
Let’s see what we have here…
- The 25 Greatest Science Books of All Time – Discover
- 50 Ways to Cut Your Health-Care Costs – Money
- 50+ Essential Hardware Tips – PC World
- 56 Ways to Expand Small Spaces – Remodeling and Makeovers
- 125 Glorious Gifts: Vogue’s Ultimate Holiday Guide — Vogue
Old media just doesn’t get it.
They must be still stuck in the Stone Age, focusing on silly things like attracting readers, sales, revenue and profits. What a shame.
I mean, come on… the average news stand has maybe 50 to 200 titles max. It’s not like they’re competing against 57 million blogs like we are.
To my fellow Americans, have a Happy Thanksgiving. And to everyone else, what the heck… eat some turkey and skip work. We should all share in the good things, right?
And if you’re traveling, please be safe.
It may not seem like it, but I’m already gone.