"I believe one reason the list format is so successful is that it promises to contain a problem. It’s also a way of providing checkpoints along the way, a sense of achievement to maintain momentum.
"There are, of course, blogs that have experimented with the issue format, A List Apart is a well-known example.
"But I think there’s a lot of room left in the idea of containing content so that one enjoys the satisfaction of finishing.
"Steal this idea: using cookies, it’d be trivial to sort content into read and unread. This could aid both the reader who has returned to find a post they’ve read, and the reader who wants something new.
"I love when a site has a “best of” list of their own content. Take a lesson from the food industry: people like being told what’s good on the menu."