Listicles are for E-commerce bloggers. Write the top 10's for your products/services. It could be benefits, features, place or anything else. It helps your audience grasp information quickly.
Research: Use blogs that publishes content that is based on research ans is relevant to what your topic is.
Formatting - Your post need not be a circus. If you are not good with formatting, then stick to a theme that is light and descent in colors and the post layout. If you are good with trying new stuff then use that skill to better express through colors, fonts and layouts. Avoid colors that are dark and fonts that are overtly bright.