Six Numbers You Shouldn’t Use In Blog Headlines

Numerologists (as opposed to numismatists or pneumotherapists) have discovered a esoteric, nay, (neigh?) erotic relationship between numbers and life.

BTW: longest word I know and can spell?


Anyway, numbers are especially important when writing a blog. For example, I did a Google ™ (I’ll be working for them someday thus avoidance of using the bastardized verb “googled” p-tooey, I spit on the term.) search on the phrase “numbered lists in blogs”

I got one hit. Well damn, I’m going to write this anyway.

Here are numbers you should not use in your blog headline.

  1. 0 – is that a zero or the 15th letter of the alphabet (did you just count on your fingers?)
  2. 69 – obviously a list like this has not been compiled before because that number is all over the place. There are about 238,000,000 pages with that number.
  3. 666 – I love deviled eggs, don’t you?
  4. 100,000,000,000,000 – too many zeros, just say bazillion.
  5. 812 – used a lot with 69
  6. 77 – 69, but 8 too many
  7. 11 – is that the number after ten or double L which makes vanilla pronounced van-ay-a?

Numbers bigger than six digits that have I memorized:

  • my social security,
  • my wife’s social security,
  • my credit card,
  • family phone,
  • house number,
  • family birthdays
  • account number (yeah that’s weird!)

How about you? any others?

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Six Numbers You Shouldn’t Use In Blog Headlines — 8 Comments

  1. I do not believe you know your credit card number!
    Go on – prove it! What is it?

    Numbers I know off the top of my head –

    My phone number [13 digits]
    Mobile number [14 digits]
    Bank account numbers [three of ’em – 8 digits each]
    Credit card number [16 digits]

    And saddest of all….
    Our library card numbers [2 of ’em – 13 digits each]

    I don’t know where or why I came to know the last two 😐

    Oh – and by the way – Google is a number. It’s 10100

  2. I have my Visa check card number, expiration date and security code memorized. Comes from too much online shopping. It’s mighty convenient not to have to stop and go hunt for my purse when I get to checkout!

  3. @Grandad: my credit card number has 0123456789 in it. Interesting about Google. That will probably be covered in orientation.
    @Gretchen: Yep, online shopping will do it. But if I’m giving it over the phone and they stop me? I have to start over from the beginning with the sequence.
    Same with last four digits of SSN.

  4. Without stopping to think about it, try to recite your SS# in pairs of numbers (00-00-00-00-0) instead of the usual 3-2-4 (000-00-0000). Weird.

  5. Social security, driver’s license, credit card, 2 9-digit zip codes,6 bank accounts (of which I also know all the balances, but they are under 6 figures), 3 bank routing numbers,5 cell phones,25+ land line numbers, 13 family birthdays, 8 friends birthdays, 4 family anniversaries, 4 passwords, and I’m ashamed to say too many license plates numbers. Co-workers have been known to use me as a zip code directory, but only for the 5 digit ones. Well, I’m a number cruncher by trade, so it just comes naturally.

  6. Remind me never to try to rob you.
    I’m impressed, number cruncher or not. Bank routing numbers? License plate numbers? hmmmmmmmm