The Thursday Ten: Top Ten Lists! (#blogboost)


I was brainstorming today’s topic and had a revelation: Maybe this week I could do a meta-list, i.e. a list of lists of ten. So, here we go:


  1. The top ten books on writing that’ll make you a better writer. Libby Fischer Hellmann, who wrote the Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis mysteries/thrillers, found this list and recommended it to her followers on Google+. They look pretty good to me.
  2. Ten Creepy Radio Transmissions. The list is of pirate radio stations, including a few “numbers” stations, which are operated by various worldwide intelligence agencies. Got this one from, a good source of Top Tens.
  3. Top Ten Charming Words for Nasty People. From Merriam-Webster’s collection of Top Ten lists which, as you might suspect, deal primarily with words.
  4. 12 Uncommon Punctuation Marks You Should Start Using Right Now. I’m making an exception to the “top ten” in this case because I really like the subject. I don’t know exactly how many of these are real, but I do know that the interrobang (#7) is an actual punctuation mark that I read about in Time magazine over 40 years ago. Some of them make sense, like the exclamation comma and the question comma (#10 and #11). From Mashable.
  5. Productivity Bonus– 10 Tips to be a more Productive Writer using Evernote. If you don’t read Hunter Emkay’s blog, you should. A section of her blog is devoted to Tech for Writers and Evernote for Writers, and she’s been doing a series lately on Productivity tips. Definitely go there when you have some time; it’s just that good. Since I’m still a bit of an Evernote newbie, her posts have really helped.
  6. Top 10 Dogs That Soon Became Homless [sic]. I’m sure that none of these dogs actually became homeless (and God help the owners who would do something like that; there are rescue organizations and the Humane Society if you really can’t keep a dog, so just cutting them loose is just wrong). From the site
  7. David Letterman’s Top 10 Lists. Letterman has been doing Top Ten Lists as far back as I can remember; sometimes they’re the only reason to watch. CBS has a page that updates every Friday morning with the Top 10 list from the night before. They archive the lists so that you can search them, either by air date or subject. He’s said that he’s retiring some time next year, so this might be going away after that happens.
  8. America’s 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres. The American Film Institute’s website has this page on their site. Gee, what a surprise…
  9. Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014. has lists of “America’s Best Places to Live & Visit,” including this one. Surprisingly, not all of them are on the coasts.
  10. The Thursday Ten: Ten obsolete technologies. Yeah, I’m picking one of my own. What about it? Seriously, this has been one of my more popular blog posts. It used to have a lot more images in it, but there was that whole copyright thing that year. Still, it’s one of my better ones.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Thursday Ten. Do you have places you go to find Top Ten lists?

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