Today the blogosphere is awash in List Posts. Darren, from the Build a Better Blog is teaching us to do list posts. Fair enough.
Top Three Reasons Why List Posts Will Not Help My Writing:
- Lists are a tool, not a product
One can make lists of supporting and critical evidence. Lists can be used to help frame a discussion. Lists neither make the argument nor facilitate discussions. Lists are, in my opinion, part one of a post.
- Lists Oversimplify Issues
Lists are organizational tools to help define salient points. They are used to divide complex issues into east-to-understand snippets. One can make a list of topics to include in a particular project–and there by help expand one’s message–but a list cannot convey the necessary nuance to make a cogent argument. Modern living is a complex thing. I recognize the need to simplify these issues, but ideas, thoughts and feelings need to be synthesized into something more than just a list.
- Lists encourage lazy responses
Give me a list of things I am supposed to do, I’ll give you a list of reasons why I agree, why I shouldn’t do it or why I couldn’t complete the task at hand. I believe this is a rather common response. I recognize that people are busy, but I believe we should try and raise the bar for discourse.
- Lists are Business Speak
This is an idea I’m stealing from Lauren. Lists are simple and easy ways for business folk to market ideas (and their authors) with a minimum of effort.
I understand the “List Post” is a fast and clean way to get information across. I recognize that they are an important tool for communication. I do not really see how this is the best idea for a better blog assignment. Am I missing the point here?