X things you need to know (and other lists)

These days, Internet media tend to follow blindly the heuristic of giving pre-formatted titles to their articles, such as “X things you need to know / Y things that will help your {career, love life, social life}” or “Are you doing this or that?” in the hopes that they will achieve optimum user engagement. Ironically, this trend has become mainstream to the point where every article looks the same based on their title. Reading through my Pulse or Google Reader articles, I can’t help but fast-forward past a lot of these headlines.

Today, however, I came across an interesting blog where all the articles are lists on 10 points on a given topic — and couldn’t help but feeling engaged! Learn the lesson, folks:

  • Keep it simple, keep it factual;
  • Do your research to substantiate your claims;
  • Be consistent!

…And while you’re at it, read the excellent 10 things you need to know to be happier. 🙂

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