21 Techniques for Writing Your own 101 List Post

  • Don’t be intimidated by the big number (101). Write down 10 and just keep going as long as you can.
  • Brainstorm, don’t edit your ideas until you are getting nearer to your goal for 101.
  • Don’t go to other sites or other sources for ideas right away. Start your brain thinking and work on your own ideas first. Give yourself the chance to get into it before you just give up and copy what others have done. If you don’t make this your own, unique post, it just won’t be all that interesting.
  • Take a break. Go for a shower, take a walk, grab the bus for a tour around town, make coffee, something that gets you away from your list but doesn’t fully occupy your mind. I get my best ideas when I stop trying so hard to get ideas.
  • Don’t pick a generic or overly general topic. Yes, 101 seems like a lot, but you will be surprised how quick you can come up with ideas once they start to flow.
  • Phone a friend. Get fresh inspiration from family and friends. You might not get anything from them but something they say could start you thinking along a new track.
  • Read forums in the niche/ topic your list fits into. Then read forums, and sites you find in the forum posts.
  • Use the numbered list when you type in your ideas. It saves you counting them plus, as you get past each mile mark you get a surge of accomplishment.
  • Read back the ideas you have already written. I always get new ideas that way.
  • Pick your topic wisely. Don’t try to write something you don’t really know anything about. It will show when people who do know the topic read your post.
  • Don’t write it just for SEO or keywords. You’re going to need a passion for your topic to stick with it for all 101.
  • Don’t think you have to have a fabulous idea for each of your 101. Go back to the basics for those might not know anything about your topic.
  • If your topic is a hobby or something you can physically do, do it. Pay attention to each step along the way. There are always little things you have come to take for granted.
  • If you stall out consider breaking your ideas up into categories. Sorting them out can show you ideas you overlooked.
  • Search for inspiration in unlikely places. There are so many feed type sites, just pick one like HubPages, Squidoo, etc.
  • Try something other than text based sources. Flickr is a photo sharing site with an amazing diversity of user groups for all kinds of ideas and topics.
  • Take a real break from it all. Put the whole thing away for a week and stick to that week. Don’t come back until you really want to.
  • Look for another angle. If you’re writing a list of people as resources mix it up by adding people on Twitter or skip people and link to places they could go to offline,  or a forum instead of links to blogs and websites.
  • Spelling and grammar count. Pay attention to spellcheck. If you aren’t sure about a word, don’t use it. Check the spelling for names of people, companies or sites.
  • Look for memes, and other 101 posts with your same topic or something similar/ related.
  • Turn it around, write about poor resources, tips that don’t work and ideas that didn’t pan out.

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