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‘Tis the season for suspense-building lists.

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Everybody loves (or at least loves to hate) a list. This is especially true around the end of the year, when our inclination to rank things and to build coherent narratives out of the chaos of loosely-related events goes into overdrive.

For this week’s challenge, I invite you to breathe new life into the established genre of the end-of-year countdown list. Sure, you’re welcome to share your top-20 books, songs, or obscure craft beers of the year. But you could also try something a bit different. For example:

  • Use the countdown format to tell a story, using dates, places, or names of people for each bullet point.
  • Create a list-based photo essay on any topic you feel passionate about.
  • Put together a roundup of your blog’s top posts of the year (you can use your own criteria, of course), and use excerpts from each one to showcase your strongest writing. (If you feel even more adventurous, structure the list in a way that suggests a narrative, or some other sort of continuity.)
  • Write a glossary of all the new buzzwords/terms you learned this year, ranking them from least to most annoying (this can work for other cultural artifacts, obviously).
  • Share a list of your favorite bloggers from the past year — including, ideally, a link to a powerful post from each one.

These are just a few ideas to get you going — you’re encouraged to come up with your own twist on the countdown theme.

I look forward to reading your posts in 10, 9, 8, 7…

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    1. hey hi..
      I am new to blogging 🙂
      you have a wonderful space..
      when you have your time, I would appreciate you stopping by my blog..!!! and your feed back too..!! 🙂
      Thanks in advance 🙂

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  1. I love the idea of ‘building a coherent narrative out of the chaos of loosely related events’…this could even be a summation of life and how to live it. :o) Thanks for some great ideas. I might try some of these–I am already making a list of books To Be Read for 2015.

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  2. i’ve traveled a lot by air this year in spite of the fact that like john madden of football fame I’m scared to fly. i made trips in april, may, july, august, and september earning significant miles credit.

    i guess it was during one of those trips that i realized how good life is. it was when i was looking at the clouds through the window that it hit me.

    “wow,” i marveled to myself. “it’s kind of a miracle that i’m up here and i’m not even dead yet.”

    a century ago, only a few souls would have thought that air travel was possible. in our time, it has become routine like going to the dentist..

    to keep myself from being bored during that long trip, i closed my eyes and thought of things that make our lives wonderful. i was surprised that it didn’t take me a long time to make up the list.

    http://wp.me/p6FwZ-T9

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  3. Countdown to a short film series counts, right? The story will unfold every five days based on what my advent calendar gives me (a new decoration a day). I’m pretty excited, but I’m relatively worried I won’t make my own deadlines…

    All that being said, I’d never thought to do a post round-up. You guys and your ideas… 🙂

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    1. hey hi..
      I am new to blogging 🙂
      you have a wonderful space..
      when you have your time, I would appreciate you stopping by my blog..!!! and your feed back too..!! 🙂
      Thanks in advance 🙂

      Like

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