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My Top 10 Top 10 Lists

If you’re trying to figure out how to write something that will get people’s attention, either on your blog or somewhere else, it’s hard to go wrong with a Top 10 list.

Think about what you know best – whether that’s mindfulness in daily life, productivity, raising kids, making cupcakes, or something else – and see if you can generate a Top 10 list related to that topic. Maybe it’s the 10 most fun ingredients to use in cupcakes, or the 10 best things to say to your kids when they’ve gotten out of control. I can almost guarantee that you’ll get more hits or visits for that post than anything else.

Top 10 lists can be incredibly profound, useful, fun, or ridiculous. They can be done in words, pictures, videos, or a combination of all three. They put information into a bite-sized package that enables people to feel it can actually change their lives in some way. That’s what so great about them.

And so in that spirit, here are 10 of my favorite Top 10 lists (well, with one ‘11’ in the mix!):

• Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

• 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

• 10 Things You Can Do to Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

• 10 True Stories That Oughta Be Movies

• 10 Simple Ways to Save Yourself from Messing Up Your Life

• Top 10 Incredible Sounds (with audio!)

• Top 10 Individual Protests

• Ten Ways to Tell if Someone is Lying to You (a nifty slideshow)

• 10 Courageous Things You Can Do to Build Community

• The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating