Sunday, February 05, 2012

Blog Posts That Get Read and Shared: Manifestos and Lists

Celestine Chua of Singapore has built her Personal Excellence blog into one of the top 40,000 websites in the entire world by posting lists and manifestos.

List Blog Posts

Below are a few of her most popular list blog posts. Such list blog posts are popular because they are fun to read, more likely to be shared, and always challenging. More people comment on list blog posts than almost any other kind of blog post.
12 Meaningful Movies With Important Life Lessons to Learn

15 Amazing Commercials That Will Inspire the Greatness in You

15 Free, Beautiful Inspirational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

10 Powerful & Inspiring Graduation Speeches You Don’t Want to Miss

25 Most Inspirational Songs of All Time

101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All TimeVol 1Vol 2Vol 3Vol 4 

101 Things to Do Before You Die

101 Ways to Live Your Life to the Fullest

101 Important Questions to Ask Yourself in Life

She also writes Manifestos, which she then summarizes in neat little graphics like the following:

8 Habits

The above graphic came from her manifesto on the 8 Habits of Highly Productive People.

Note: Manifestos generate interest simply from their names. And manifestos get shared more than other documents, reports, or white papers. When writing a report, call it a manifesto and you will almost always get more readers (and more social shares).

Celestine's Blog Success Story

Celestine started her blog in December 2008. In the following three years, her blog has become one of the top personal development websites in the world - with over a million pageviews every month.

Her blog has also gotten her interviews with magazines, TV, and online media - including CNN International, CBS Business Network, Asia One, and Simply Her. In addition, she has been invited to speak in Europe, the United States, and many parts of Asia. All because of her blog.

Does her story inspire you to do more with your blog? Will you start creating more lists? Will you write a manifesto? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks.

Note: The most popular blog posts on this Book Marketing Bestseller blog are the list posts featured on the top right hand corner of this page. Not only do I like these posts the most (that's why I now feature them), but my readers do as well.

John Kremer

John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books and Book Marketing Magic.
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