Top 10 Tips on Creating Lists of Tips

May 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm 11 comments

Creating top-ten lists is the meat and potatoes of internet posting.  Although I do enjoy reading them, I think making a top-ten list is lazy authourship.  That having been said, I would like to return to Canadian Fermentation by introducing for your education, Dear Reader, my Top 10 Tips on Creating Lists of Tips.

Although it may seems like there are contradictions in my list, there are, in fact,  none.  It’s a perfect top-ten list.  I hope you enjoy it and are able to take something educational away with you from the experience.

1.  Creativity and entertainment are more important than applicability, facts or actual usability.  Go crazy!

2.  Interesting visuals are nice, particularly if they include a hottie (male or female depending on your target readers), or a picture of a cat doing something crazy.  The pictures should, even if loosely, be related to the topic or tip.

cat-comstume-2The best visuals are a combination of hot babes and cats.

3. Originality is overrated.  Focus on topics that people are familiar with.  People don’t want to learn something new, rather they want their beliefs confirmed.

4.  Keep entries short.  A long entry just provides more material for other people to prove you wrong.

5.  Try to refer to at least one “expert” in your list.   Jane Spilousia, Lead Tip Master with the Tip Institute of Toronto says, “Experts give your tips acumen and authority. If in doubt, find an expert to make your tip pertinent.”

6. Don’t share personal anecdotes, and beware of using your personal experiences as proof.  Trust me   – I tried this on my last Top 10 list and it didn’t work.

7.  Borrow from historical sources.  If you become stuck for tips to share just remember that the internet is your playground.  Ignore what others have told you; there is no such thing as plagarism on the internet.

8. Maintain your authority.  If you receive critical responses to your list, either delete the responses or chastize and humiliate the person who criticized you (preferably using an alias).  This will show other readers how masterful and in control you are.

9.  Give yourself a deadline, and stick to it.  Don’t worry about having a concise, accurate list with the absolute “top 10” tips. The important thing is production; get that post on the web where it’s needed!  Be willing to embrace tip #1, rather than strive for total accuracy and relevancy.  By utilizing tip #’s  5 + 8 your list will remain relevant.

10.  Avoid being witty.  Most readers are stupid anyway, and won’t get the joke.  Don’t waste your time on them with your best work when any old junk will do.

Bonus:  Always have a bonus tip.  Why?  No one really knows, it’s just something that all top 10 list makers do.  You don’t want to stand out from the crowd, do you?


Entry filed under: discussion, humour, lists, opinion.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nursemyra  |  May 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Re # 5

    try saying “tip pertinent” really fast ten times……

    • 2. C. Fraser  |  May 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

      I tried it, but unfortunately passed out after the 7th time…

  • 3. Vince  |  May 5, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Hey Canadian Fermentation, this top ten list is awesome, excellent advice. Pictures of hot people is always a good idea, sex sells! You can post this to our site and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  • 4. bdiggs  |  May 6, 2009 at 1:37 am

    This is a great list and all but I am a little disappointed, I thought it said Tips on Creating Lisps.


    • 5. C. Fraser  |  May 6, 2009 at 9:00 pm

      Hmmm…I think that would have been a better list…*makes note for future post*

  • 6. Alex L.  |  May 7, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Want… to …pet the…kitty…

    These are good tips, I shall be following them.

    • 7. C. Fraser  |  May 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      Kitties usually have claws. This one also has a whip. Sweet!

  • 8. azahar  |  May 22, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Oi, you might have let a girl know that you were back, especially as I’ve been asleep the past couple of weeks.

    “The best visuals are a combination of hot babes and cats.”

    So between me and nursemyra we’ve clearly got the best visuals thing covered.

    • 9. C. Fraser  |  May 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

      Sorry Azahar! I haven’t been very active though, not as active as I’d hoped when I wrote this post.

  • 10. beaverboosh  |  May 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Hey dude, fantastic blog, makes me proud to be Canadian, even though I haven’t seen the fucking place in 20 years! BB aka another stupid reader

    • 11. C. Fraser  |  June 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Beaverboosh. It’s always good to have a fellow Canadian on board – even one that hasn’t been here for 20 years. As they say, “Once you go Canadian, you always wonder ‘why did I do that’, and then you drink more beer and it starts to make sense.” I think they printed that on our twonies.


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