It seems that every website I go to has some kind of “10 Reasons” or “Top 10” type of article or post. The number of articles that can be found is so high, it is almost excessive. If you don’t believe me, you can check out the Top 10 tag from Technorati. Since the lists are so easy to find and so prevalent, I have decided to write my own “Top 10” list of why people shouldn’t write “Top 10” lists or “Ten Reason” type topics.
In no particular order, here are the ten reasons why you shouldn’t write a “Top 10” topic.
I have an idea. Let’s go rip off someone else’s “Top 10” list such as David Letterman’s list. Better yet, let’s take a list someone else has done and comment on each and every item in our own post. I can see the title now: “Ten Reasons Why This Top 10 List Sucks.”
You Can’t Think of 10 Things
It’s rather difficult to think of ten things that actually relate to a specific topic. Try coming up with 10 things for these topics:
- 10 Reasons Why I’m Glad Pluto Isn’t a Planet
- 10 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Stay in Iraq
- Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Be a Space Tourist
- 10 Things I Love About You
Okay, that last one was a play on the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
You Don’t Have an Outlet
Why write your list if nobody is going to read it? Unless, of course, you just want to keep your awesome list to your self. Then again, you never hear about people dying and having a collection of “Top 10” lists stashed away that were never published.
You Like to Use Binary
Why have ten reasons when you could have a title of “1010 Reasons I Love Binary?” The average person who doesn’t know binary would think you were nuts!
You Have a Life
The people that sit around all day thinking of their “Top 10” lists obviously need to get a life. I suppose that includes me as well.
I know what you’re thinking. Why just write on 10 things? Why not write about nine things, eleven things, or even three hundred things? I know you don’t want to be put into a box. Rebel! Write as many reasons as you want. I can see the topics now:
- 72 Awesome Uses for Dry Ice
- 23 Reasons Why Caffeine Intake Should be Intravenous
- 4 Reasons Ronalfy.com Should Just Fall Off the Face of the Earth
You Can’t Write or Spel
It’s fun doing Leet speak, but it’s impossible to write a readable, cohesive “Top 10” list if you can’t spell, or write somewhat decent. People need to understand what the heck you’re trying to say!
You Have Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)
Chances are, if you made it this far down the list, you probably don’t have ADD. It takes a lot of thought and time to come up with a nice list, and there is a big chance you will be distracted.
You Can’t Count
There are three types of people in this world: those who can count, and those who can’t. By the way, did you happen to notice there are only nine reasons here?