Monday, 13 October 2014

Why I Don't Participate in Blog Memes

Someone asked me a while ago why I don't do blog memes so I thought I'd answer their question in a blog post.

In my first couple of years book blogging I think I did a few blog memes but I always found them such a chore (if you think I'm lazy as a fifteen year old you don't even want to know how lazy I was at eleven.) There were the book haul memes like In My Mailbox which I tried to do every week but I always forgot, and then it stressed me out trying to catch up. Also, I could never be bothered to take the photos required; told you I was lazy. To see one of my ancient, disastrous In My Mailbox posts you can click here. Cringe.

It wasn't long before I stopped with In My Mailbox because I wasn't enjoying it, although kudos to the person who started it in the first place because that thing got massively popular.

But why haven't I participated in others?
  • Most bloggers do the same memes, and I'll admit it's a bit disappointing when I open up Bloglovin' and discover a long list of people doing exactly the same thing. 
  • I can't stick to a schedule, hence why I don't have one. I just make sure I have a blog post up every few days, and I think if I was to try with a strict schedule it could result in this blog ending altogether. I like doing tags because they can be done at any time, but memes... nope.
  • I wouldn't dream of publishing a post that I hadn't enjoyed writing because, y'know, that would suck. And at the moment there just aren't any memes that stand out for me - although do feel free to recommend some!
That's not to say that I'll never participate in blog memes because maybe one day I'll discover one that instantly inspires me and somehow gets me to commit every week/month/whenever. But for now I'd rather publish other things, and hopefully none of you mind!

Which blog memes do you enjoy participating in? Or are you like me, not doing them at all?

32 comments:

  1. I didn't participate in memes for a long time, but just started to this year. There are a couple that are actually among my most viewed posts. Tuesday First Chapter, First Paragraph hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea and Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The First Paragraph meme has made me pay much more attention to how books start out and it's also a great way to find new books for the TBR (not like I really need to be adding to my TBR!!).

    I don't participate in Top Ten every week, just the weeks that the category appeals to me....and I started participating because I liked reading other bloggers' lists. Putting together these lists has also given me some interesting insights into my own reading habits.

    But, if you don't enjoy doing them, then don't do them! Blogging about books is supposed to be fun!

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    1. I sometimes read a couple of Top Ten Tuesday posts but I don't think it's something I'd like to do myself, or at least not right now. I hadn't heard of the other one before but it sounds interesting :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Like you, I'm also the quite lazy 15-year-old. Haha. I normally do a whole bunch of scheduled posts. I hate doing things last minute and stuff, so I'll never get to doing memes, which often requires signups and all that.

    Although it does get a lot of views like Sarah said, I just got really busy, or lazy, if you want to put it that way. :) Great post!

    Cindy @ In This World of Books..

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    1. Haha me too, I used to do a Friday meme and it stressed me out having to get it written and published all in the same day. Much prefer being able to schedule things in advance :) Thanks!

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  3. I did one the other day out of interest but no i dont like taking part either. I admit that I am selfish and dont want to read a long list of others blogs sometimes. I have a blogroll which stores my favourite 10 sites i love to follow (you are one of them obviously) and thats enough for me. Good post.
    Gill x

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    1. That's pretty much what I do too. Glad I made it onto the list hehe :D Thanks Gill!

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  4. Ahhhh I just had a look at your 'disastrous' IMM post (which was definitely better than my old attempts, ha) and the first comment is from meeeeee! FOUR and a half years ago - crazy!x

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    1. Aw, I just noticed that! Can't believe it was so long ago :)

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  5. I have similar views about memes and only do one, and I don't do it every week-Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Sunday Post. I really like this one because it's just a recap of your week-what's going on in your life, what books you've read/received, and what's been going on in your blog/going to be coming up. The group of participants are also really nice :) But otherwise I avoid memes!

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    1. I was considering doing a weekly wrap-up thing a while ago but ended up talking myself out of it, and I don't post enough during the week to warrant that anyway! I do like reading those, though. I've never really considered them as memes for some reason.

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  6. Same here. Your 3 main reasons apply to me too - I only take part in sporadic events when they appeal to me...also because they have an end date! ;)

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  7. I like memes enough, but I am very picky with the ones I choose to do. I participate in Top Ten Tuesday when I like the category, and once in a while I'll do a Waiting on Wednesday or In My Mailbox/Stacking the Shelves post, but I do them very sporadically (only when I feel like it).

    I think that if memes are done well, they can be enjoyable to read. When all I see is a boring list, with no real creativity or thought to it, then of course it annoys me - I like seeing a blogger's creativity shine through their posts, and as long as I see that, then I don't mind if they do memes or not.

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    1. I totally agree. I'm more likely to read a meme if the blogger has put their own spin on it somehow because then it stands out from the crowd :)

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  8. I agree with you that a lot of memes just aren't that interetsing and I kinda hate seeing the same posts on my bloglovin feed on certain days, although there are always bloggers who can give their own spin on a meme and still put some of their personality in it.
    I always participate in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer as I like sharing some personal detaisl about my life that way, summarize what's been going on the blog the last week and share my book haul. I also met a lot of awesoem bloggers through the meme and as it's pretty small it isn't too overhwelming.
    Beside that I started participated in Read Play Blog that is hosted by Happy Indulgence and Read Me Away and My To-Be Read List that is hosted my Because Reading is Better Then Real Life. Both are small memes and fun to participate in.

    Also I am good with schedules and actually like having some mees to participate in as it gives me some structure and content for posts. I also enjoy Top Ten Tuesday sometimes on other blogs, especially when the blogger takes time to explain their reasoning behind every item on the list.

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  9. I don't tend to participate in memes at all. None of them fitted the schedule I have for Lost in a Library, so I created my own feature - The Perks of Being a Bookworm - which given that I MADE IT, it means that I can post it whenever I want to, it can be weeks, or months, between them.

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    1. I love the Perks of Being a Bookworm, it's cool that you made it to fit your own lifestyle :)

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  10. I think it's cool that you don't do memes, it leaves a lot more room for originality in your posts. :) I do a few memes, The Sunday Post (with Stacking The Shelves occasionally), Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday (occasionally). Memes do occasionally feel like a chore (the WoW one) which is why I don't always do it. I like to do more features, some of which aren't book related, but you know. :)

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    1. Thank you :) I think I used to do WoW too but not sure...

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  11. I do the What are You Reading? Meme on Mondays...I write the blurb, then to save me energy for writing I send the blurbs to a blogging friend who then finds the cover pictures and puts the post together for me. I like the meme and like not having to spend ages putting my info into a post. I would only recommend my way of doing it if you are super busy/have medical condition with low energy levels and have a friend to help out. I do pay my friend for her time. We've become great friends too!

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    1. It's good that you have help when it comes to the 'what are you reading' meme. Even better that you've become great friends over it, too! :)

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  12. Oh man, I thought I was the only one! The only meme I participate is the Stacking the Shelves b/c I LOOVEE looking at people's book hauls. Other than that, I skip over WoW and TTT memes on Bloglovin'. I think the last time I've read a WoW or TTT post was like, last year? and that's only b/c I accidentally clicked the post lol.

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    1. I do a book haul every month on YouTube but it's not part of a meme, like Stacking the Shelves or In My Mailbox or whatever. Book hauls are great <3

      Haha, I'm the same with WoW. I honestly have no idea when I last read one of those.

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  13. I agree: sometimes memes feel like chores. I used to do one on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, but I got so bored; they weren't fun. I like to do the Top Ten Tuesday because the lists can be so vastly different, but even then, sometimes I get a little antsy with those. Pick and choose - best way to go! :)

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  14. I've only ever done Top Ten Tuesday, and now only sporadically. It gets to a point where I've mentioned so many of the same books before. And you are right, on Tuesdays, I really expect the same thing in the blog stream, more TTT posts. When I see other posts that day, I jump to them, for variety. Maybe that is a strategy in itself.

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    1. I have that problem too, but in blogging in general. I just can't stop mentioning the same books >.<

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  15. I used to do blog memes almost every day. I have Wishlist Wednesdays, Stacking the Shelves, etc. I liked it because it ensures I have content all the time. But it's exhausting and at one point, I just stopped enjoying it. Then I got too busy so I stopped doing it. I still love reading TTT posts, but I only read from 2-3 bloggers. - Joy @ <a href="http://thebookshelfintruder.com>The Bookshelf Intruder</a>

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  16. I think it's your blog so you should do whatever you want! I only regularly do Top Ten Tuesday and that is because I like the challenge of coming up with my favourite books for each topic. It really gets my brain working and usually prompts a bit of creativity in thinking up new ideas too. I don't bother with the haul-type meme's, I'd rather just post a bit of a round-up of my own as and when I feel like it.

    I really like your blog the way it is. It feels original and fresh and you should just keep doing what you are doing. x

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  17. I'm with you that it gets annoying to see the same meme on all feeds on a particular day. We do run a meme but it has a small following and so it isn't as annoying. I rarely participate in other memes for the reasons you stated - hard to keep a schedule, lazy, etc etc :)

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  18. Some memes annoy me because it just seems like filler content. But, there are some memes out there that offer prompts for bloggers to discuss, and I do actually appreciate these ones (I'm thinking of Tuesday Top Tens and Follow Fridays). I'm not saying all of these meme posts are worthwhile reads because there are those people who just slap up a sentence or two just so they can link up their blogs, but there are bloggers who actually put forth a little effort. I will on occasion participate in these memes, but only if I really like the question.

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  19. I don't do them either, though I haven't got anything against people that do. We're all different and if bloggers want to do them that's ok with me. I'm just not that organised. I try to do a Friday image before the weekend but I don't always remember! I like you am just not that structured.

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  20. I'm not an avid meme/feature person but I have taken part in them. I used to do them every week when I started blogging but like you said, they become a chore. So now, if a topic pops up that interests me, I may put my two cents in but that's about it.

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  21. I totally understand what you mean! I used to participate in Top Ten Tuesday every week, but when I started focusing more on that and forgetting the rest of my blog... Well, it got boring. And I'm sure it bored my readers too. So now I only participate in any meme when the topic interests me. :-)
    -Amy

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