How Using Top 10 Lists Creates Great Content

When you create a blog, it’s like you create a little monster.

You have to feed a blog content. You have to maintain it. If you blog regularly, you have to disinfect it against spam. You have to bring your friends to come and see it. Maybe you’ll have to think about SEO and tags and categories. Or you’ll have to decorate it with pinnable art. You have to broadcast it to the world with Twitter and hashtags and other things no one thought about ten years ago. And it never ends! The little monster is never satisfied!

A blog is a little beast sometimes. And it’s slobbering appetite can be intimidating.

A happy blog (and one that gains attention from others) has fresh, nutritious and good content on a regular basis.

Consistency is an important key in gaining and keeping readers. But how can you come up with fresh content? (You have other responsibilities!)

In this famously retweeted and repinned post from the Content Market Institute, author Scott Aughtmon lists 21 Types of Content We All Crave. And while all of that is true and good to know, it doesn’t help us Keepers of The Beasts do know how to do that exactly.

What do my blog readers want?
21 Types of Content We All Crave

My suggestion? A Top Ten List!

A Top Ten List is a great way to condense a lot of information into useable chunks. A top ten list can be as simple as ideas, as complicated as arguments or as thorough as links and images. Also, a top ten list can be easily skimmed for your reader. A top ten list is clear from the beginning about what is expected. It’s easily tweetable (easily hashtaggable) and has many applications.

Starting next Tuesday, I will be creating a weekly feature on this blog #Top10Tuesdays I will have a top ten list that offers excellent content  for my core readers. I’m going to have it every Tuesday so my readers can expect it, I’m going to tweet it using this hashtag #Top10Tuesday and because I always know what I’m going to write about every Tuesday, I can file stuff away in the course of the week. (Hello Pinterest? Yes, I’ll probably create a board just for this. Please hold.)

How Can You Participate in #Top10Tuesday Too?

1. Brainstorm for anything in that list of 21 Types of Content We All Crave that your readers would like to hear from you. Is it inspirational? Encouraging? Practical? Funny?

2. Write a Top Ten List (with apologies to David Letterman, yours doesn’t have to get progressively more funny).

3. Create a pinnable art so you can put it on Pinterest (or steal mine!)

4. Tweet about it. Maybe even using this hashtag #Top10Tuesday?

5. Retweet anyone else who blogs a Top 10 List and read their posts too.

6. Put a link to your post in the comments of my post so my readers can see what you wrote.

7. Collect info for your next post.

8. Remind your blog beast that you have fodder for next week and they don’t need to bite you.

Questions? Thoughts? Ideas? Will this idea work for you? Will you be joining me?


Katharine Grubb is a homeschooling mother of five, a novelist, a baker of bread, a comedian wannabe, a former running coward and the author of Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day. Besides pursuing her own fiction and nonfiction writing dreams, she also leads 10 Minute Novelists on Facebook, an international group for time-crunched writers that focuses on tips, encouragement, and community.

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.