21 May 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #10 - Memes


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!

Today's Question: Memes. Love em or hate em? How many do you participate in? Which kinds do you like best? Do you feel like there are too many?

When I first started blogging, I thought I HAD to do memes - if that's what everyone else was doing, surely I had to do it too, otherwise no one would be interested in what I had to say. So I joined a few, tried them out for a while, and then I realised there was no hard and fast rule about participating, so I stopped doing almost all of them.

Let's be honest, they are a great way to get more page views, particularly if you participate in bigger memes, however when THAT THING happened a few weeks ago, I had a good long think about why I was actually participating in that particular meme. And when I started thinking about it, I realised that although it bumped up my page views, doing it didn't actually make me happy at all - in fact it completely stressed me out! Now that I'm no longer participating I feel far more 'free' - I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, without the added pressure - and people STILL read and comment on my blog!

On a more positive note, there are memes that I love and don't feel pressured about - the smaller ones are more my style - they are more intimate and friendly and if I skip a week for whatever reason, I don't feel like I'm not keeping up with the rest of the world. I also prefer the ones that I can schedule in advance.

I don't tend to read the meme posts of memes that I'm not participating in. And the ones that are very genre-specific just don't work for me, because as a reader/blogger I'm definitely NOT genre-specific.

My preference is definitely for 'discussion' memes - I love reading other people's opinions and being able to discuss my opinion with those bloggers (such as this meme!) in a fun and open way. I've met some amazing awesome bloggers this way that I probably wouldn't have come across otherwise, and read some books that I would never have even known about if it wasn't for other bloggers telling me about them.

What are your meme habits?  Are you a regular or sporadic participant?

18 comments:

  1. I hear you on that. when I first started, I thought I had to do them all too. Talk about stress. It didn't really help with page views or getting more followers or anything. When I realized that I wasn't as concerned with the numbers, I stopped doing a lot of them.

    Now, the only one I participate in on a weekly basis is one that my friend and I started together, Special for Sundays. I'll do others (Follow Friday, Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and Weigh in Wednesday) sporadically, when I don't have a review that I'm ready to post that day. It's more about filling a day than getting numbers up for me now, and it's a lot less stressful.

    I also like it when the topics are posted in advance so that we can schedule them in.

    (also, I had to giggle that you called it THAT THING. It shall hereafter be known by that name.)

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    1. I think I even made a list once of which memes were on which day of the week so I could have one every single day!

      I've skipped one of my regular ones today, because I already had other things scheduled, and the world didn't stop ;-)

      (LOL - That Thing Which Shall Not Be Named!)

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  2. I've experimented and have found a few memes that I really like. - Top 10 Tuesday (since I do a lot of lists posts) - but don't do it if I don't like the topic. And I also participate in It's Monday What You Reading - although I don't call it that. I use that for my weekly reviews. A few others I participate in on a Friday, I do TGIF along with Library Loot since I'm a library gal.

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    1. Experimenting is fun! I love it when people slightly reinterpret a meme to suit them - which is perfectly OK to do as long as you give credit where credit is due.

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  3. That's what happened to me. I was going crazy trying to find books to fill all the memes or scrambling to get mine posted exactly at midnight to be early on the link list lol

    I've decided not worry about it anymore and just join in when I have something to say.

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    1. Don't even talk to me about refreshing my browser 3402850495 times to be top of the linky list. I'm SO glad I'm done with that!

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  4. The best part about memes is finding other fun blogs. I'm so glad I found this one!

    I definitely thought that I had to do them too, but I really didn't like a lot of the ones out there because I kept feeling like I was repeating what everyone said. As if there were only so many books. Does that makes sense?

    I also love the discussion ones the best. I love being able to express my thoughts. I also love Top Ten Tuesday because I obsess over lists.

    I also like that I don't HAVE to participate every week. This meme, since it's every other week, I can definitely keep up.

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    1. That's my favourite thing about memes by FAR - finding new blogs to follow! And I know exactly what you mean about repeating - how many WoW's had Insurgent in the last week of April :-D

      Lists are great - I have lists of every kind imaginable. I notice that with a lot of bloggers :)

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  5. I agree with you, the discussion type memes are the ones that hold my interest. And yes those larger 'hop' type memes can get stressful. When I would participate in them I would find myself watching the clock to add my link asap and spending far too much time trying to visit as many blogs as possible. That just isn't realistic for me and eventually they are sort of blur together and read kind of the same - know what I mean?

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Bonnie - that's why I like smaller linkies - then I can visit everyone!

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  6. I agree with you! The discussion memes are definitely awesome as I feel they really add something to the community and everyone likes to get their opinions out.

    I still do a Stacking The Shelves post because I find the meme really fun and love seeing what other people go. However, I am FAR more relaxed about it now and roll my eyes at how I used to be before! I would be sitting waiting for the IMM linky to pop up so I could be near the top and then I'd comment and sooo many other peoples' post and it was stressful and boring. Now I'm laid back about it and plenty of people still pop by and I can comment on everyone else's at my own ease.

    I don't really do any other memes as I prefer people to look at my reviews and stuff. My views and comments and followers have gone way UP since I got rid of the memes even though I was afraid it would go the opposite way!

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    1. I certainly don't miss the stress, nor having to try and think up a comment when I have nothing in common with any of the books! I still cringe when I type 'great books!'.

      I do love seeing what other people have each week, it's my Sunday afternoon ritual being nosy, and I love all these new ideas!

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  7. If you have something to say, it doesn't matter how it comes out. Through a meme, a review, a rant or discussion post. Your followers will read it because they want to read your thoughts. Plain and simple. :)

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    1. SO true! Discussion posts are my favourite for that very reason!

      And if no one comments, I know I was just talking bollocks ;-)

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  8. I definitely avoid most meme posts that aren't ones I participate in. A lot of them are really annoying as a reader. I try to participate only in ones that I also like to see as a reader.

    Currently, I am only part of two, although I have two meme-ish things that I just do by myself (my book haul post - called On My New Arrivals Shelf - and a Cover Reveals post). I also do Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday. There are a few others that I do enjoy seeing, but don't participate in, just because I don't feel like it. This one's actually pretty cool.

    With the TSS business, I decided to remove myself from that meme. I feel better doing my own thing. I find that I still get more comments on those posts anyway. With the link up, it did get me more traffic, but ONLY to my book haul post, which, honestly, is probably the one where I care about comments the least. Ditto WoW, although I like that because I find a ton of awesome new books. I like the idea of trading page views.

    Actually, what I like most is just that if you read and comment on people's blogs, they'll come comment on something of yours. If you comment without a specific meme, they comment on different posts.

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    1. I don't think I'm going to be joining any of the new memes for book hauls. I'm happy on my own, and I don't want to have to use a specific format.

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  9. When I first started blogging I participated in a lot of memes because I hadn't found my posting groove yet. Now that I've been at it for a decent amount of time I try to avoid them because I find that they don't generate genuine visitors and comments. I like interacting with my followers and being more than just a number on a very long linky.

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  10. i agree the smaller memes do seem more friendly!! i'm trying to do more of those. my fave 'big' meme is waiting on wednesday.

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