10 Points about Writing Ten Point Lists

I was looking at an article on generating ideas. When you search for “generating ideas” on Google, two trends emerge.

One is a big business theme about generating major strategic ideas to make millions and/or change the world. That’s probably a bit more than I need, though it has its charms.

How about lacing the new corona virus vaccines with fish DNA so that future generations can live in the sea? You could even breed groups of piscatorialy enhanced people specifically to pick plastic litter from the oceans.

Just a thought. But if it works I expect a Nobel Prize.

The other theme is about generating ideas for writing articles. That wasn’t quite what I was after either, though I did spend a few hours reading various sites and seeing how people reused the same information time after time to generate blog content.

Ten point lists seem to be  a favourite.

So here’s my list –

10 Points about Ways to Writing Ten Point Lists

Make sure you have ten points. People will notice if you only have nine.

Start with number one. Why re-invent the wheel?

Several of the points can be the same thing written in a different way.

Point four. Don’t be afraid to state the obvious.

Steal it off another blog. That’s how they got theirs.

Don’t spend too much time over it, they don’t give Pulitzers for 10 Point Lists.

Make a general comment on the social,aspects of the list as in ‘I think we can all agree that this is particularly relevant in lockdown’. Hide it a little way down the list so people don’t notice you are being lazy.

Point nine. Add emphasis. Or, in other words, say the same thing again (see point 3). (Or point 4).

For a change, why not try a 13 point list for Halloween?


For the autumn I will compile a 13 point list about writing 13 point lists for Halloween. I will use the ten point list, and add three more, change the order and if anyone queries it I will say that this is an example about getting the most out of your research. Or recycling my rubbish.

I think I’m getting the hang of this blogging stuff.

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23 thoughts on “10 Points about Writing Ten Point Lists

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  2. tootlepedal

    This is all very well but what we really need is a foolproof method of stopping people ringing us up with ingenious scams. Where does that figure in your list? These lists are just an annoyance like when you have spent good money on a newspaper and it contains lists of fifty books you must read over summer. What we need now is two point lists of where to buy cheap bird food.

    1. quercuscommunity

      You only need a one point list for cheap bird food – Wilkos. Your nearest branch appears to be Carlisle, The distance might add to the cost.

      I will have to find a second one for the two point list.

    1. quercuscommunity

      You didn’t disappoint me Derrick! I had you or TP down to spot the fact there were only nine points in the ten point list. 🙂 Just goes to show few people read them in depth. 🙂

  3. Lavinia Ross

    Fish DNA is not a bad idea. I seem to remember an old episode from “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, the TV series with David Hedison and Richard Basehart, where they were cruising in the sub at depth and see a woman with gills swimming along. I forget the rest of the plot. 🙂


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