So I remain a disciple to the listicle, but I will venture out of the mainstream on a semi-regular basis and write a headline without a number in it.
179 reasons to hate listicle articles
Dene Ward

I also feel like the listicle can be a little click-baity, but as you mention headlines are powerful ways to draw people to a story. I will probably create listicles in the future, but I enjoyed reading your opinion of them and I know listicles are not the best writing that I can produce.

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