As you may already know, I had a guest post over at Forever and Everly last Monday and one of the topics that came up was the use of Meme’s in book blogging. There are loads of them and I am beginning to question their usefulness, so here goes with some pros and cons. I am hoping that this can be a discussion post so let me know what you think in the comments.
I have been doing a bit of thinking about this topic and there seems to be three main types of memes, firstly Memes where you follow a often narrow prompt to create similar posts to others in the blogging world, think Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday etc. This type of meme I am getting extremely weary with.
The second type is the monthly or weekly check in’s where we can tell each other about how our week/month has been and what we have read, what we are still reading and what books have been added to our TBR pile. The Sunday Post , It’s Monday what are you reading are my fave weekly ones and there are several monthly ones, my favourite being monthly wrap up at feed your fiction addiction but there are others.
The third type is one I haven’t participated in but some are them are insanely popular is far more specific. For instance Waiting on Wednesday when folks link up and talk about the new releases they are excited about had bloggers linking up to it last week, that’s insane, I am sure if I had the time to check out all of them I would find some great blogs but who has that amount of time. There are also meme’s featuring the opening paragraphs of books etc.
The most up to date directory of book blogging memes is a Molly’s book Nook but there are alternatives and as meme’s are born and die all the time these directories get out of date fairly quickly.
Anyway here are my pro’s and cons
- The prompts are helpful whenever you are stuck for inspiration on what to blog about.
- Easy way to find new blogs and interact with the community
- Simple way to increase page-views and comments.
- Sometimes they encourage us to think out of the box and write things we otherwise wouldn’t do.
- With some of the meme’s I participate in weekly there is a lovely sense of community developing with the same people linking up every week (love all of you Sunday post people).
- Effort is put into something that is not particularly original when it could be spent writing a post that will have some longevity, or be of some use.
- Reading loads of very similar content becomes a bit of a chore, especially when writing the post wasn’t very interesting either.
- A lot of meme posts are really filler content with no real lasting value.
Ok well that’s my thoughts on the matter, what do you think?