List Posts Are For Lazy Bloggers

List posts are for lazy bloggers. They are what you go to when you don’t have anything else in the tank or are in need of linkbait.

There is nothing easier than writing a post called 500 Bloggers You Love To Hate or 983 Ways to Say Snow.  Of course I must mention that we run a double standard here so any time I run a list post it is the most awesome thing you have ever read, or at least the best thing you are reading at the moment you are reading it.

In the interest of being fair and somewhat balanced I need to say that some list posts aren’t bad. There are those that have merit but I am not kidding when I say that most of them make me think that someone has taken the easy way out.

Confession time: Sometimes it is ok to take the easy way out. Now I know that goes against the grain and isn’t the advice that many give but it works for me and that is all I need. Does that sound selfish to you? Well, that is ok too because sometimes it is important to be selfish. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is be selfish.

Here is what I mean by that. If you are among the 17 long time readers you know that I am in the midst of not one, not two but 1,987,839 major changes in my life. I have broad shoulders, literally and figuratively and am capable of dancing in the fire for extended periods of time. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel my feet burning or that the stress has been good for my hairline.

For the sake of my family I find ways to take time for me. It is part of why I play basketball twice a week and why I try to exercise daily. My selfishness in taking that time for me means that when I am with my family I am present, or close to it.

That is not always easy for me. My mind races a mile a minute and I often have multiple things going on inside my head. But when my children want to talk to me I want them to see that I am focused upon them and not off somewhere else.

Because so many of these changes are happening so quickly it has been even harder for me to focus. Sometimes when they talk to me about their day I am trying to figure out if we can keep them at their school for another year or if this is their last rodeo.

Life is Much More Complicated Than I Thought It Would Be

Today I grabbed lunch with a dear friend. Midway through lunch I realized that this year will mark 30 years of friendship. I told him that since it was our 30th anniversary lunch is on him and he said that he wouldn’t mind buying unless I put out.

I said that I would be happy to put out but that if we go that route I insist on being Ernie. Well, he didn’t like the idea of being Bert so he refused.

The end result was that I had to pay for my lunch, which is perfectly fine with me. I told him that I loved him but that I’d rather lick a cactus than kiss him. Don’t bother asking how or why we engaged in such a ridiculous discussion cause we can’t tell you.

Hell if it wasn’t for me we’d still be sitting at Zankou Chicken waiting for Godot. That bastard owes me money, but I digress.

Anyhoo, I asked my friend to think about high school for a moment because I wanted to know if he ever pictured life being like this. He said no and I said that I never could have guessed that it would go this way either.

In 1985 we were doing donuts in the quad and trying to figure out how to get lucky with a couple of girls. A thousand years later we laugh about the day we did donuts in the quad and compare notes on how to keep the boys from getting lucky with our daughters.

There Comes A Revolution

We both agreed that we’ll ride out the storms and come out the other side a bit older but just fine. The reason it is going to happen that way is because we are going to make it happen. One of the benefits of life experience is that you learn that Kenny Rogers was right. “You have got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away and know when to run.”

You see that is my insouciant attitude coming out. That is the stubborn Taurus laughing at the mud that is being flung at me. I get through things because I believe I will. Attitude makes such a big difference. Sometimes mine sucks. I have my dark side and moments where the demons break free and we run with the moon but those aren’t the rule they are the exception.

Small victories add up. They help you remember and recognize that the bigger ones aren’t impossible.  Find your center, close your eyes and picture yourself living your dream. Just remember not to impinge upon my dreams because that would make me angry and I would have to cut you.
And most importantly try to remember to be present with those you love because your life is made up of moments in time and it would suck if you missed one because you were some lazy blogger writing a list post.
Coming soon my list of my 25 favorite songs.  Remember when I write a list post it is not lazy, it is freaking brilliant. icon wink List Posts Are For Lazy Bloggers
See you in the morning, TheJackB is leaving the building now.
78 comments
TheJackB
TheJackB

Gah, don't ask my why there are duplicate comments here, freaking technology sometimes....

I Can Read Your Mind
I Can Read Your Mind

[...] post for this week, Sucking Sand: When the Well Runs Dry had a back link to the exact same post by Jack that I used in my WWC [...]

LaRae Quy
LaRae Quy

I agree with you that list blogs are tiresome and rarely offer good content. There is something magnetic about numbers, though. When I see a blog with the headline "4 ways to . . ." it catches my attention. This is not the same thing as a list blog, but numbers help the mind to make a judgment on whether it's worthwhile to go ahead and click . . .

LaRae Quy
LaRae Quy

I agree with you that list blogs are tiresome and rarely offer good content. There is something magnetic about numbers, though. When I see a blog with the headline "4 ways to . . ." it catches my attention. This is not the same thing as a list blog, but numbers help the mind to make a judgment on whether it's worthwhile to go ahead and click . . .

Late_Bloomers
Late_Bloomers

@TheIndigoGirl Hi Kittie, a lovely and productive week to you, how was your weekend?

Dan
Dan

Thank you for giving me the idea for my next post - The 26 Laziest List Bloggers. Save me from doing another list post. I am calling it now - 2012, The Year of the List Blogger.

Hoops twice a week - I do the same. Of course, I play the much preferred and far superior East Coast game :)

Dan
Dan

Thank you for giving me the idea for my next post - The 26 Laziest List Bloggers. Save me from doing another list post. I am calling it now - 2012, The Year of the List Blogger. Hoops twice a week - I do the same. Of course, I play the much preferred and far superior East Coast game :)

Jens P. Berget
Jens P. Berget

I haven't thought about list posts this way before. But, that reminds me of my latest comment on Marcus Sheridan's post. I can't remember exactly what it was about, but it was called 50 best or 50 ways or 50 tips… and my comment was, wow it looks like you've spent weeks to write this post (because it was long and it was about 50 things). And the reply I received from Marcus was that it took him 30 minutes :)

So I guess you're right. I haven't focused on list posts at all, but it seems that people love them, so I might give them a try - because I'm lazy sometimes too :)

Jens P. Berget
Jens P. Berget

I haven't thought about list posts this way before. But, that reminds me of my latest comment on Marcus Sheridan's post. I can't remember exactly what it was about, but it was called 50 best or 50 ways or 50 tips… and my comment was, wow it looks like you've spent weeks to write this post (because it was long and it was about 50 things). And the reply I received from Marcus was that it took him 30 minutes :) So I guess you're right. I haven't focused on list posts at all, but it seems that people love them, so I might give them a try - because I'm lazy sometimes too :)

Bruce Sallan
Bruce Sallan

Sorry JB, on this we disagree! I love doing my 12Most.com "lists" - it's challenging and it works. There's a reason people like lists. And, for me, when I write for them I get to write outside of my niche! Love that...

Bruce Sallan
Bruce Sallan

Sorry JB, on this we disagree! I love doing my 12Most.com "lists" - it's challenging and it works. There's a reason people like lists. And, for me, when I write for them I get to write outside of my niche! Love that...

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Sumbich; I have nothing for next wk and I was thinking doing a list of something.

It's one of those things I could write about 100 things, but it all seems rehash right now so don't know where I'm going; if anywhere at all. I guess we'll see on Monday, huh? I could go silent.....

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

Sumbich; I have nothing for next wk and I was thinking doing a list of something. It's one of those things I could write about 100 things, but it all seems rehash right now so don't know where I'm going; if anywhere at all. I guess we'll see on Monday, huh? I could go silent.....

Christina Majaski
Christina Majaski

I agree list posts are lazy and I love them. Except for the ones that u can tell required substantial research. Mine don't but I still enjoy writing them.

I'd say I should've both agreed to be Ernie btw. As they say, two Ernies are always more fun than one Bert.

Christina Majaski
Christina Majaski

I agree list posts are lazy and I love them. Except for the ones that u can tell required substantial research. Mine don't but I still enjoy writing them. I'd say I should've both agreed to be Ernie btw. As they say, two Ernies are always more fun than one Bert.

elena
elena

lists posts are harder for me because I tend to ramble. being succinct is not a strength. Having said that, for the very same reason I like lists posts because topics tend to by synthesized information or thoughts so they seem easier to read (insert lazy). and I also loved the description of the interaction with your friend. so genuine and all out funny.

elena
elena

lists posts are harder for me because I tend to ramble. being succinct is not a strength. Having said that, for the very same reason I like lists posts because topics tend to by synthesized information or thoughts so they seem easier to read (insert lazy).

and I also loved the description of the interaction with your friend. so genuine and all out funny.

Joe
Joe

I know they're not technically "list" posts, but I like to see the list of songs you are listening to when you post them.

I think I've done a couple of list posts myself and enjoy doing it every once in a while. Hard to tell a story in list format though. And that's my agenda for the most part.

Joe
Joe

I know they're not technically "list" posts, but I like to see the list of songs you are listening to when you post them. I think I've done a couple of list posts myself and enjoy doing it every once in a while. Hard to tell a story in list format though. And that's my agenda for the most part.

henry
henry

hmmmm i wouldnt want to be Burt......i enjoyed reading the banter you and your friend had.a nice refreshingly diffeent post

Jack
Jack

Hi LaRae,

The number posts are magnetic. I know that anytime I use a headline that says X number of ways to do XYZ the click rate goes up.

They can certainly be an effective way to generate more interest in your headlines.

Jack
Jack

Hi LaRae, The number posts are magnetic. I know that anytime I use a headline that says X number of ways to do XYZ the click rate goes up. They can certainly be an effective way to generate more interest in your headlines.

TheIndigoGirl
TheIndigoGirl

@late_bloomers Hi Barbara, had a nice relaxing weekend after Social Media Week in London last week! Now it is time to get back up to date!

TheIndigoGirl
TheIndigoGirl

@late_bloomers Hi Barbara, had a nice relaxing weekend after Social Media Week in London last week! Now it is time to get back up to date!

Jack
Jack

Hi Dan,

I expect to see both of those post within a day but that is because you are not one of those lazy bloggers.

Although you do play the boring version of hoops, you know the one that rarely wins championships. ;)

Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks- can't think of any other team of note that is worth mentioning who won in recent years. :D

Jack
Jack

Hi Dan, I expect to see both of those post within a day but that is because you are not one of those lazy bloggers. Although you do play the boring version of hoops, you know the one that rarely wins championships. ;) Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks- can't think of any other team of note that is worth mentioning who won in recent years. :D

Jack
Jack

Hi Jens,

Thirty minutes to write 50 tips? That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make me wonder a little bit.

A well done list post can be great, but when they are just banged out willy-nilly they can lose something.

Jack
Jack

Hi Jens, Thirty minutes to write 50 tips? That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make me wonder a little bit. A well done list post can be great, but when they are just banged out willy-nilly they can lose something.

Jack
Jack

Hey Bruce,

Some of the best blog posts are lists but it really depends on how they are done.

You are not among the lazy blogger crowd, but there are many who are...

Jack
Jack

Hey Bruce, Some of the best blog posts are lists but it really depends on how they are done. You are not among the lazy blogger crowd, but there are many who are...

Jack
Jack

Hi Bill,

I am confident that come Monday we'll see some sort of post from you.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Lazy isn't the worst thing in the world...

Jack
Jack

Hi Bill, I am confident that come Monday we'll see some sort of post from you.

Jack
Jack

Two Ernies are always more fun than one Bert. That dude is far too uptight. ;)

Jack
Jack

Two Ernies are always more fun than one Bert. That dude is far too uptight. ;)

Jack
Jack

Hi Elena, I am partial to rambling and think it is endearing, but that might be because I do it too. ;) Hope you are having a great weekend. Maybe I'll include some more tales of time with the boys.

Jack
Jack

Hi Elena,

I am partial to rambling and think it is endearing, but that might be because I do it too. ;)

Hope you are having a great weekend. Maybe I'll include some more tales of time with the boys.

Jack
Jack

Hi Joe,

Yeah music posts really lend themselves well to a list. Might have to crank one of those out today.

A story in list format could be fun, might be a bit choppy though.

Jack
Jack

Hi Joe, Yeah music posts really lend themselves well to a list. Might have to crank one of those out today. A story in list format could be fun, might be a bit choppy though.

Jack
Jack

Thank you sir. Hope you Saturday is good and that you are receiving tips that are extra generous.

Jack
Jack

Thank you sir. Hope you Saturday is good and that you are receiving tips that are extra generous.

Jack
Jack

Hi Henry,

Thank you for visiting. I am lucky to have good friends.

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