Disordered lists

We begin with a quote from Dogette:

1. Why do I do these posts with lists and numerical little bits of crap? Why can’t I just post like you’re supposed to — in coherent paragraphs of prose? The answers to these and other mysteries, in our next numbered item.

2. I lied.

Personally, I think lists are defensible as blogfodder:

  1. People occasionally like to look at lists. I have a whole freaking category devoted to lists.
  2. For that matter, Irving Wallace and his kids put out whole books of lists.
  3. Sometimes it’s actually easier to come up with a list than a coherent paragraph of prose.
  4. Provided, of course, you don’t lose count.

But hey, that’s life in Beautiful Downtown Blogdom.


  1. Jeff Brokaw »

    14 October 2009 · 10:55 am

    In my recent short-lived career writing at a sports site (the site died out, unfortunately), my editor *loved* lists. He said they always got the highest traffic.

    I would do more lists at my own site, but:

    1. I just don’t think of doing them, and

    OK, I only had one reason, actually


  2. Jeff Brokaw »

    14 October 2009 · 10:56 am

    Hey, not fair! I formatted a list, and WP stripped it out! Bummer.

  3. CGHill »

    14 October 2009 · 11:27 am

    WP does that. It also kills inline graphics, which I’ve often wanted to throw down here.

    There is, I’m sure, a cure for this, but at the moment it’s beyond my level of hemidemisemiexpertise. I will, however, attempt to reformat that comment to something resembling what you wanted.

  4. Da Goddess »

    14 October 2009 · 1:45 pm

    I love lists. They make life easy. And they make sense.

  5. Don Mecoy »

    14 October 2009 · 5:58 pm

    At the newspaper, we love:

    1. Lists
    2. Anniversaries
    3. Round numbers.
    4. Quizzes (which are really just another kind of list)


    1. They make attractive layouts
    2. They’re easy to write
    3. Those are really all the reasons we need.

    But we probably overdo sometimes.

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