Blogging is an important tool for artists to build their online presence. Not only will blogging build your brand but it will also help you build a loyal following that could potentially become loyal collectors of your artwork. There are many different writing styles that you can and should use for your blog posts. Variety will please the masses. There are a few types of posts that generate more traffic and shares that you will want to make sure that you incorporate into your writing calendar. List posts are one of the favorites that readers enjoy. In this article, I would like to share with you some tips on how to write list posts that will please your audience.
How To Write List Posts
Writing lists posts are relatively easy to write and take less time to accomplish. However, you do not want to get caught up in only writing list posts. Your readers need a variety. If you do not give them a variety, they might get bored with your posts and move on to another blogger.
Decide how many items you will be discussing with your post. Think about the topic that you are writing and what will be more beneficial for your reader. No one number works best for list posts. The quality of the content is what is important. Always keep your readers interest in the back of your mind when you are writing.
When you are thinking of numbers, remember that numbers have different effects on people. People are attracted to round numbered posts. Round numbers give them the impression of authority such as 10, 20, and 100.
Odd numbers give the impression that a post is not complete.
An example is 9.
- 9 Drawing Tips For Beginners
- 10 Drawing Tips For Beginners
When you look at both of those titles, which one are you more attracted too?
Doesn’t the second title look more interesting and complete?
There is a strategy that many bloggers have used with great success. They will create a list post with only nine ideas listed and ask the reader to finish the list. The reader will feel encouraged to write their thoughts in the comment section. This could create a viral effect.
When you are designing the outline for a list post, come up with as many ideas that you can write about for the specific topic you are discussing.
It is easier to cut than it is to add when you are writing list posts. If you find yourself in a position where you need one or two more topics to write about, you might find that they are not as in depth as the previous topics. You do not want to leave the impression that you are writing fillers. This will discourage the readers from reading further posts.
Having a blueprint for your posts is important. You will want to keep your ideas flowing from one to another. An excellent way to create a flow is to have each topic built off of each other. If the ideas are random, you will confuse the reader and lose their interest.
Let’s say that you want to write list posts about supplies that a graphite artist needs.
10 Must Have Supplies That a Graphite Artist Needs
1 – Pencils
2 – Erasers
3 – Ruler
5 -Bristol board
You can see that with this example when you write about one item, the next item goes well with the previous one. The list makes it easy for the artist to know what they will need to purchase and the description will explain why they will need those specific supplies.
You can also write list posts for your “How to” posts.
- 10 Steps To Draw A Rose
- 20 Steps To Make Your Drawing More Realistic
When you are writing “How to” posts be very specific. Overlooking steps are easy. The reader might be a beginner and is excited to learn your technique. The smallest details will be beneficial for them, even if they seem elementary to you.
Explain your thoughts as if the reader has never drawn before. If the reader is an intermediate artist, they skim over what they already know and focus on the new material.
You will want to develop a structure for your posts. You will notice that depending on the type of post you are writing; you will need to develop a different structure for each. For example, a review post will have a different layout than your list post.
When you develop a structure for your posts, you will be making a better reading experience for your loyal followers. They will get used to your style and look forward to your future posts. The structure of your posts and your writing style will separate you from the other artists.
List post structure example:
This is an example of how you could structure your list posts. It contains all of the important sections that you win need for your list posts. You can modify it to your liking. When you have a set blueprint of how you would like your list posts to be, stay constant with it. Not only will you be building your brand but it will also be quicker for you to write them as time goes by.
The intro paragraph is something that catches the reader’s attention and will describe what the reader should expect in the post.
The next paragraph will explain why the post is important for the reader to continue reading.
Your list section will be your topics separated in a numbered list.
End the post with a summary of what the reader read, highlighting the important facts of the post.
List posts are an excellent way to please many readers. Incorporate them in your monthly blogging. Plan, organize and stay consistent. Write list posts and start building your audience.
Do you write list posts? How do they work for you?