A tribute to the beguiling blogger at Blogdramedy who, admittedly, won’t read it because she doesn’t read numbered blog posts.
In her post yesterday, said blogger gave us TEN Reasons Why Numbered Posts Are So Yesterday. As a perpetrator of this once highly-favored writing style, I felt a rejoinder was in order. So here are (drumroll, please) 5 Reasons Bloggers Number Their Posts:
- Some of us are, in fact, so yesterday. My life is all about yesterday – what I ate, why I didn’t exercise, things I didn’t get done. My yesterday so inevitably slips into today that I never really have a today. I am stuck in perpetual yesterday. (If I’m completely honest, it might be the middle of last week.)
- Laziness. Duh. The alternative is to come up with a title that people will actually want to read, ideally accessed through highly-utilized search terms. Come on, that’s a lot of work! I have a day job! Not that I’m working at my day job right now. Because I’m blogging.
- A lack of originality. I’d provide some supporting evidence here but I can’t think of anything.
- It provides order. Many of us are grasping for order. And in the absence of real order, will accept something that looks suspiciously like order.
- We think it’s cute. And let’s face it, many of us (not me, of course, ahem) are blogging primarily for a beloved, niche audience of one – that is to say, ourselves.
One who is reading too much into this might think I ended the list at five (5) in deference to my esteemed blogging-colleague’s point of view. But in fact, I could only come up with five. It’s that darned lack of originality again. It gets you every time.