What's in a number?

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Real Estate Agent with Exit Realty Optimum

Maybe it's because we are mathematical beings.... you know.....the length of your eye is equal to the distance between your eyes....your hand size coordinates with your shoe size etc. So when I noticed that my point total presently ends with 999, this bit of trivia turned my attention to numbers.

A friend and colleague advised me when I joined active rain that people like lists.....not bulleted lists, but numbered lists. And now I am told, the lists should be odd numbers, not even. [And I recall when participating in art lessons years ago, the instructor advising me to paint three clouds, not two .......five flowers, not six etc.]

We are always looking for ways to make our newsletters more functional; so in my next newsletter, I will depart from my usual format of paragraphs and arrange some of the information in lists.....maybe it will be easier for consumers to digest the information and retrieve it later. Maybe they will hang on to the newsletter just a little longer! ;-)

Who knows? But in the meantime, my points total will get over that 999 hump....a wee bit of satisfaction for me!

 

 

 

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Cindy Leiterman
Resource One Realty, LLC - Green Bay, WI
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I'm a very symmetric person so I don't know if I'd be comfortable with an odd numbered list.  I might have to add an item myself just to even it off. LOL

Take care and glad to hear your over your 999.

Jan 10, 2009 01:09 PM #1
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Marilyn Katz
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - Westport, CT
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Melva-  Odd numbers of things look more interesting in groupings.  Odd numbers also work better when asking people to rate something...on a scale of 1 to 5, etc.  However, in our pop culture, one of the most recognizable list is the "Top Ten."

Jan 10, 2009 01:36 PM #2
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Melva Reid
Exit Realty Optimum - Halifax, NS
Exit Realty Optimum 902-403-5420

Cindy....it's all about what works for you! Thanks for your response and all the best in 2009!

Marilyn....hey, if it works for David Letterman, who am I to question it! :-) Have a very prosperous 2009!

Jan 10, 2009 05:21 PM #3
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Karen Hurst
STONEHURSTREALTY.COM - Warwick, RI
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Numbers, apparently, give us "all" a wee bit of satisfaction!  Judging by the blogs that are posted every minute:)  I have heard about the lists thing before and also read a blog awhile back about "how to" blogs being good for seo..Hmmm that gives me an idea:)

Jan 10, 2009 06:17 PM #4
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Karen....go for it! :-)

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