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?