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Top 10 Reasons to post Top 10 Lists July 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Word Play.

Love them or hate them, here are the Top 10 Reasons to post Top 10 Lists:

10.  Top 10 Lists give us 10 chances to get readers to agree with us.  That’s like getting 10 bites at the apple.  If you take big bites, that’s almost the whole apple, which is great . . . since an apple a day keeps the doctor away.   

9.  Top 10 Lists help us keep our thoughts streamlined and focused with less chance of distraction from unrelated tangents.   Hmm . . . where was I?

8.  Top 10 Lists are good enough for David Letterman, ergo, ipso facto, res ipsa loquitur, they’re good enough for us.  Don’t believe me?  Give me your Top 10 Reasons! 

7.  Top 10 Lists force the muddled up mess of mixed up thoughts into a coherent mass of . . . what’s the word?  Oh, never mind. 

6.  Top 10 Lists rock because 10 thoughts (like 2 heads) are better than one. 

5.  Top 10 Lists are a good investment.  When someone offers us “a penny for our thoughts” . . . we’ll earn a shiny dime.

4.  Top 10 Lists allow us to count our thoughts before they hatch.  Warning: Sharing thoughts without  necessary gestation and incubation may result in claims of premature ejaculation. 

3.  Top 10 Lists are not fragile.  Unlike eggs, we can put 10 thoughts in one basket.  Only crackpot ideas  crack under pressure. 

2.  Top 10 Lists prevent too many thoughts from spoiling the broth. 

1.  Top 10 Lists make anatomical sense.  We have 10 fingers, we might as well put them to good use. 

Of course, as Goofy (and other digitally challenged cartoon characters) have discovered . . .

         Top 8 Lists work too.

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  Write a Top Ten List about why Top Ten Lists are Lame (or Awesome) * A List About Lists (Becky Sefton) * Top 10 or 5 Lists (HugMamma) * Humor: 10 To Keep You Laughing (Mirth & Motivation) * My Top Ten Lists (The Laughing Housewife)


1. ceceliafutch - July 21, 2011

Best top 10 list. . . EVER!

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Thanks, Cecelia! I’ll use your completely unbiased opinion when I apply for a job as a writer on The Letterman Show!

You rock! 😀

2. gitikapartington - July 21, 2011

sweet x

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Thanks, Gitaka. I don’t often do anything with the WP prompts, but I like Top Ten Lists. Here are 10 reasons why . . .

Kidding. I’m kidding. 😉

3. Carl D'Agostino - July 21, 2011

I have found that posts that allow interaction with the visitor get a lot of traffic. The commenters play off my cartoon, play off each others comments and often recomment as the playfulness expands. It entertains me as well. Makes us blog family and eager for the next round. I am so thankful for people that have supported my efforts.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Same here! Comments are often the best part of posts.

Are you going to do a cartoon on Top 10 Lists? That would be cool. 😎

Carl D'Agostino - July 21, 2011

Hmmm. Now that’s an idea for the “think about later” notebook. Thanks.

nrhatch - July 21, 2011


4. Debra - July 21, 2011

a top 10 of top 10…cool idea Nancy:)

It shows what can happen when we just ‘be’. Imagination flourishes. Yay!

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

Scott posted the idea as the WP Prompt today. I rarely indulge in his prompts but this one was too FUN to pass up. 😀

5. souldipper - July 21, 2011

Nancy, you fox…Premature Ejaculation? You must not have received enough messages about cures! Well, if this doesn’t boast your spam count, we better print out the “growth” word! 😀

nrhatch - July 21, 2011

I’ll watch the counter to see if my spam grows exponentially as a result of my word choice. 😉

6. adeeyoyo - July 22, 2011

Top Ten is too much for me Nancy. By the time I get near the end there will be more added, haha. Two or three for me are much easier to handle and cross off my list, haha! At least I will feel I’m getting somewhere too…

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

That’s great, Denise.

I only number lists when my thoughts are getting unwieldy and refuse to stand in line and wait their turn. 😀

7. Naomi Estment - July 22, 2011

LOL!! LOVE this post, Nancy…and I never noticed that about poor old Goofy! Interested also to hear about your spam 😀

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Thanks, Naomi. Goofy, like most of Mickey’s cohorts, are a couple digits shy of 10. 😉

8. hugmamma - July 22, 2011

Thanks lots for the mention! Love your irreverent take on top 10 lists…necessary, but…where was I?

love your sense of fun…hugmamma. 😉

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Thanks, Hugmamma. As I said in response to your post, I love Top 10 Lists . . . but dislike “MUST” posts:

10 Books You MUST Read This Summer
10 Places You MUST Visit Before You Die
10 Movies You MUST See in a Theatre
10 Restaurants You MUST Try at least once

Ack! Don’t tell me what to do! (There are no “musts” in life . . . as long as we keep breathing.)

Here’s to thinking for ourselves and making good choices.

9. therealsharon - July 22, 2011

Awesome Top 10 list! 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Thanks, Sharon. Hope you had a terrific Anniversary Celebration this week.

therealsharon - July 23, 2011

Thanks, I did, we had a blast! 🙂

10. Cindy - July 22, 2011

LMAO at #4 😀

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Hmm . . . should I say Premature Ej~ACK~ulation? 😀

11. eof737 - July 22, 2011

Love top ten lists.. they are easy and fun to write. 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

I enjoy posts with numbered lists, but I prefer odd numbers:

“7 Easy Ways to Enjoy Life”
“13 Things I Learned from my Cat”
“101 Ways to Cheat on your Diet” 😉

12. Tilly Bud - July 22, 2011

Top top ten list 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Thanks, Tilly. A prompt that prompted me to action.

13. Vix @ LittleMissEverything - July 22, 2011

I feel a top ten list coming on 🙂

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

Vix Mix Tapes: Top 10 Songs for . . . doing laundry. 😀

14. Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 22, 2011

Top Ten List of Reasons Why I Should Not Fill out Top Ten Lists:

10: There are probably more than ten reasons and I don’t want to have to choose.
9: It would take too much thought to order them correctly, and then I would have to spend time editing, rearranging, starting over, etc. By the time I’d finish that, I wouldn’t care any more, and it would be a “Top List of Nothing.”
8: Becaue then there would be no mystery in my life.
7: Because I don’t like the number 10. Too even for this odd one.
6: I’m terrible at math. Only now learning how to count that high.
5: David Letterman does it so much better.
4. It would mean I was a sucker for Top Ten Lists.
3. I’d have to think to figure out how to make the numbers line up correctly before each item. Should the single digit numbers line up with the “0” of 10, or with the “1?” I’d have to try both, and that would take up so much time, that I could not write my post for the day, and it would end my “Post-a-Day Challenge 2011” streak.
2. Who’s asking anyway? Why should I tell them?
1. It would make too long a comment, and everyone knows I hate to write long comments and replies.

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

LOL! I’m glad this was not “101 Ways that Top 101 Lists Rock!” You woulld have set a new world’s record. 😀

I’m with you on # 7. I prefer odd numbered lists:

“7 Easy Ways to Enjoy Life”
“13 Things I Learned from my Cat”
“101 Ways to Cheat on your Diet”

Have a Fantastic FUN-Filled Friday!

Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 22, 2011

Hmmm. . .Is that third one there a challenge? If it is, I’ll be sure and put it on YOUR site. Perhaps, however, it should be 1001 ways to cheat on your diet

I always (almost) have FUN, and every day is always fantastic, and filled to oveflowing with the day itself! (Twenty-four hours of it!) And it doesn’t even have to be a Friday!

Mostly I have fun laughing at my own humor, so few others do! That doesn’t bother me. . .I figure I have a better sense of humor. . . :mrgreen:

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

You know . . . I’m actually tempted to post: “101 Ways to Cheat on your Diet.”

What better way of enjoying the forbidden fruit? 😉

Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 24, 2011

RIght. . .as a matter of fact, we’d have to taste-test each one, just to make sure we are right. Then we’d have to re-test in case we can’t figure out how to order them, so we have to test again to try to figure it out!

BUT, the #1 reason MUST be: Go on a Diet. That will always guarantee you will cheat on it.

nrhatch - July 24, 2011

I’ve always wanted a job as a taste tester. 😀

15. Maggie - July 22, 2011

Numbered lists are always very readable. I’m always drawn to them before other types of posts.

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

I agree. They tend to contain bite-sized morsels of wisdom instead of large indigestible chunks! 😀

16. granny1947 - July 22, 2011

Thank you…you just talked me out of top ten lists!

nrhatch - July 22, 2011

LOL! You don’t need Top 10 Lists to highlight your laugh producing observations about life.

Scott ended up with some FUNNY contributions to this prompt. I’ve linked up with a few of them above. 😀

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