The Listicle – #EdublogsClub Prompt 7

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You see them everywhere, you may just not know that they have a name. The term ‘listicle’ is a recent entry in the dictionary, and it means that your article or blog post takes the form of a list.

Listicle – Wikipedia

In journalism and blogging, a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article. A typical listicle will prominently feature a cardinal number in its title, with subsequent subheadings within the text itself reflecting this schema.

As an example, one that took me quite a while to put together is, 50 Ideas For Student Writing and Blogging Online.

Prompt: Write a listicle.

Some helpful notes:

  • Write about any topic at all that interests you
  • A list can be as short as 3 entries
  • Be helpful, make the list a resource your readers may want to bookmark and come back to
  • If you aren’t up for a list, write about lists, list keeping tools, or tools to embed lists
  • Marketing tests prove that putting a number in your title will often increase shares and clicks

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Happy blogging!

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