Bookish Rants or Raves: To meme or Not To meme!

Filed in Bookish Rant or Raves , The Crazy Lover Posted on November 4, 2010 @ 11:01 am 15 comments
Hey Everyone! Ok, so today I wanted to talk about something that us bloggers have to deal with, the memes. What is a meme? A meme is usually a post that be edited or just a theme that spreads around the blogosphere.
Us, book bloggers, have a lot of specific memes going around, like: In My Mailbox, Teaser Tuesday, Book Blogger Hop and so on… I myself have come up with a couple memes, some more successful than others.
Why do we meme? Well, I can only speak for myself and I believe that if I am being honest, one of the reasons I created a meme was so it would hopefully spread around, become popular and I’d have more traffic and followers on my blog. That was not the main reason, but it did cross my mind. The main reason was that there was some things I wanted to share with my readers on a weekly basis and I simply had those ideas. 
Did they work? Not all of them. Right now I have a couple that I do regularly, but some have come and gone.
I do have something to say though and I believe this is a nice tip for any one starting a book blog out there. I think if you enjoy some memes and want to do 2 or 3 a week, go for it, just don’t do one everyday. Because honestly, the message that sends to me is that, those memes are the only content you have to share on your blog…

What do you guys think? Do you like memes? 
If you have a book blog, do you do any of the memes around?
How do you feel about blogs that do a meme every single day?

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  • Savannah November 4, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Great post and I totally agree. I only do 2 memes and I think that is enough.

  • Blodeuedd November 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I have no prob with people doing memes, but if it starts being only memes…well I followed them for a reason and that was for reviews.

    No memes for me anymore, though I always wanna join wishful saturday or something like that. Would make me remmeber the books I want 😉

  • Man of la Books November 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

    At some point I just started to ignore most memes, as far as I'm concerned most (not all) memes are just filler posts when the blogger has nothing constructive to say but still wants to create an entry.

    I don't mean to sound harsh, but your picture says the same thing.

    I do agree with Blodeuedd, if someone wants to do a meme, go for for it.

  • Audra November 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Great post. I'm a new book blogger so I've done some memes because it seems to be a good way to get to 'know' other bloggers. But as you and your commenters have pointed out, too much meme-age means readers start to tune you out.

    I've got mixed feelings about them — of my two all-time most read posts, one is a top ten meme. Many of the folks who commented on that meme became followers of my blog (altho subsequently haven't commented since!).

    So…yeah. I'm really torn!

  • Sullivan McPig November 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I love the teaser tuesdays meme. not just to post it myself (and I love picking a teaser that tells something fun about the book i'm reading) but also to see the teasers others pick. I have run across books this way that I otherwise would have skipped, but the teaser made me give them a second chance.

  • Marie November 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I like doing memes but if that's all you do it gets boring. They're great for filling in the gaps on days you don't have content but you have to keep it under control, LOL. I used to do, well, let's just say too many memes and cut way back; my blog is better for it, I think.

  • Stephanie November 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I agree with this. I've received a few invitations to participate in memes, and though some of them look like great fun, they don't really fit in with what I do on my site (which is pretty much strictly reviews, although I do plan to move into interviews and informative essays).

    I try to keep in touch with other bloggers through Twitter and by reading their sites and commenting when they say something great (like this!) rather than using a meme to do the work for me. 🙂

  • Becky (Page Turners) November 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I used to do a lot of memes, I had two that I did myself and participated in another 2, but I have stopped participating in memes now. They were good to start off when trying to build sme followers, but eventually fo rme it just became too much and I have to concentrate on reviews

  • Jenny N. November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I usually participate in 2-3 memes a week. Its just something to post in between reviews. Also for meme's you can write up a couple week's worth of them and schedule them beforehand too.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} November 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Wow, I love that you guys had a lot to say about this!! =))


    totally agree! =)


    exactly! I feel that my google reader has only memes sometimes and quite honestly I tend to only comment on reviews…

    @Man of la Books

    I mostly agree with you… but let's be honest… even if you have 2 interviews a week… 5 reviews per week is a damn lot if you run a blog by yourself…

    I personally like to have 3 a week, plus an Interview/guest post/ giveaway… and friday I do whatever I feel like it… it can be a review too…

    I have a couple features for the weekend, but I leave it open usually…


    same here!! welcome to blogging, hope you find your voice =)


    I actually dont like that meme! but Im glad you've found good books that way =)))


    exactly!! =)))


    sounds like you're doing a great job =)))


    Absolutely! I know what you mean =)))


    I agree actua;ly… its nice to have a break from the reviews sometimes!

  • Man of la Books November 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    @Larissa, I don't subscribe to the "post everyday" club.

    I think that twice, or even once a week is OK if you have quality content.

  • JenM November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    As a reader, I pretty much skip over the memes. I don't understand why everyone thinks they have to post every day and I do see most of the meme posts as filler.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    @Man of la Books

    gotcha! well, I do like posting everyday… but it's def up to each blogger =)


    I dont think all memes are fillers, and posting them a couple times a weeks is oke I believe… but having more memes than content is too much I believe =)

  • Marg November 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I participate in a couple of memes, notably Tuesday Teaser and Library Loot, but not because they are filler posts, but rather because they share something about the book I am reading and they are fun.

    I guess the other two that I participate in are technically memes, but I see them more as topic posts, mainly because there is a theme (ie Weekend Cooking) but whatever goes within those posts is completely up to me.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} November 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    Thats very true! there is a difference between a meme and a weekly feature =))

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