Lists are everywhere on the internet. Things like “Ten Famous People You’ve Never Heard Of,” “Five Best Cars That Have Been Recalled,” or “Ten Worst Cities to Go Bankrupt In.” Lists are made up to capture your imagination, to draw you in with a simple click which leads to another. And, by the time you’re half way though the first list, you will have clicked on even more lists. Somewhere there is probably a list of people who make lists of things they think other people should make lists of.
How does one decide on the subject of a list? It’s easy. Just think of something, anything. Look out the window. You see a fire hydrant. Idea! Make a list of fun things to do with fire. Start with “Destroy Nests of Tent Worms” and Google it from there. Did I say Google it? Isn’t that a noun being used as a verb? There, that’s another idea. Make a list of “Nouns Used as Verbs.” Good idea. Pencil it in. Is pencil a verb? You get the idea. Write it down. Think of some more and soon you’ll have a list of things to make a list about.
If you are on the list of people who are seriously interested in lists then, and if you haven’t already, you should read “The Book of Lists” by David Wallechinsky and Amy D. Wallace, a bestseller published years ago. It is still available on Amazon for about 12 bucks. I haven’t read it. It is on my list of books I probably won’t read.