#Top10Tuesday,  Blogging,  Social Media,  Time Management

How Top 10 Lists On Your Blog Can Feed Your Content Monster

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

You have to feed it content. You have to maintain it. You have to disinfect it against spam. You have to bring your friends to come and see it. You have to think about SEO and tags and categories. You 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! 

How Can I Come Up With Ideas For My Blog?
How Top 10 Lists Can Help Feed Your Content Monster

A blog is a little beast sometimes. And it’s slobberly 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. 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 application.

What Is #Top10Tuesday?
Feel free to use this graphic on your #Top10Tuesday posts!

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 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 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.


  • Natacha Kemp

    This is a fantaulous idea Katharine. My brain is already spinning with ideas I am.eager to share. Awesome ideas! The 1st list should be Top 10 reasons Katharine is awesome!

  • Jane Steen

    Hah. Ever the contrarian (or perhaps I’m just ahead of my time) I’ve pretty much given up tweeting “number list” posts in favor of posts that say one single thing well. I think there’s a distinction to be made between attracting numbers (which list posts certainly do) and attracting engagement. My social media strategy has switched from numbers to engagement…which is a whole lot trickier to achieve.

    So yeah, I’d recommend those top 10 posts to bloggers interested in growing their audience. But at some point you have to stop and wonder where that growth is taking you.

    • Katharine Grubb

      Yes, this is contrary to current advice in marketing. But your point is well taken, which is why I’m only going to do this once a week. 🙂