Are you here for the yeah write #116 weekly writing challenge? So are we! Sit tight, okay?
All this month, yeah write is following ProBlogger’s 31 days to build a better blog, even on the weekends, even on holidays, even on yeah write weekly writing challenge Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For this week, you can submit a post to the challenge grid if it’s a list (following today’s workbook activity) or if it’s within our regular personal essay or traditional blog anecdote submission guidelines. If you’re looking for the challenge, scroll down to the “odds, ends, reminders” section. If you’re here for 31dbbb, start reading riiiiight here:
Four ways lists can boost your blogging power (see what we did there?)
- lists draw in readers by making info easily accessible
- lists organize your post
- lists turn the complicated into smaller chunks
- post gone viral? It was likely a list
As with anything else in life, don’t become overly dependent. Too many lists can start to feel redundant, and you’ll be at risk for losing readers who may be looking for something more substantial. But don’t be all snobby about them, either. Lists are an excellent way to give both you and your readers a break from posts written in paragraph form.
The type of list posts: yup, it’s a list of list posts. We cannot get away
- narrative lists tell a story, complete with a so what, from beginning to end
- tip lists offer the how-to: 10 easy steps to becoming an awesome blogger
- shout-out lists are a list of your favorite bloggers, web sites and whatnot almost guaranteed to attract the attention of people you’re praising, especially insecure writers
- personal lists of your favorite books, movies, flowers, restaurants will draw in the like-minded and invite many comments from your friends
How to make your lists more interesting and compelling
- use photos
- design your list with plenty of white space
- take the time to link to the people and places you’re referencing
- try being on the opposite side of a popular issue in a list: 10 reasons why I hate chiweenies, 10 reasons why nuclear war would be awesome
Now you try it: write a list post for your blog
- don’t go over 600 words
- be useful or tell an interesting story
- teach us something
- show us something
Write your list then link it below so we can come by and check it out. Open to critique? Let us know that at the end of your post. Need some help? Let us know that, too, but keep in mind this is a quick-moving workshop and, by tomorrow, we’ll be on to another topic. Your fellow 31dbbb-ers may have to bookmark your plea and come back to it later. If you’re not adding your list to the challenge grid, use the 31dbbb grid that looks like this:
Here for the yeah write weekly writing challenge? Your grid is the one with the thumbnail avatars. The array of photos, okay?
Grab your badges
The badge for the challenge grid contains the HTML code you need for the Inlinkz app to accept your submission. It’s available in the sidebar, right underneath the “be the first to know” yeah write email blast subscription box and list of quick links. Be sure to paste the code into the html-view of your post before publishing. Your post cannot be dated earlier than June 30th.
Odds, ends, reminders
- Your post can be no longer than 600 words
- Your post can be dated no earlier than June 30th, the day the yeah write #116 badges were officially posted
- The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
- It is limited to 50 bloggers
- Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern
- The winners’ post will be published at noon on Friday
- The weekend moonshine grid will open Friday around 6 p.m. and close Monday by 12:01 a.m.
- No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests
- Combining your yeah write post with other blog events meant to maximize your exposure and minimize your effort is a no-no
Day two list posts on the text grid, yeah write #116 weekly challenge posts on the photo grid. Madness in comments…