Happy Saturday! and.. I know it’s been a while since we had a good Discussion here! This week I have something I wanted to talk about since quite a while and I’m excited to hear your thoughts and response to this topic!
We all do meme’s, right? I think most of us Book bloggers have a few meme’s we all love to participate, or… we are just used to participate. There are some meme’s nearly everyone is doing, so of course, if all the cool kids do it we want to join too, righty?
But why do some meme’s work and other doesn’t?
Old Habits die hard!
I think one big aspect is the habit. Some meme’s are there since ever and many people keep doing them. I’m thinking of Waiting on Wednesday (one of my favorite ones!), In My Mailbox (or Stacking the Shelf) is another of these classics Then, there are Teaser Tuesdays and Top 10 Tuesday, It’s Monday What are You Reading?
We’ve been blogging since 3.5 years by now and all these meme’s have been around even longer.
Why join exactly these?
I think (and correct me if I’m wrong) one reason also is, that when so many people are joining a certain meme, we all get tons of comments on these posts. Then of course, the link back. In the end, we also get more traffic from these meme’s right??
They are easy!
Another aspect is, that these are meme’s which are easy to participate and a post is put together really fast!
We are all creatures of habits and like to do what is easy. I mean, writing a review requires much more time, so I think we all appreciate if a post is easy and put together rather fast. So, yeah – meme’s do work and I love them!
We here at the Bookworms regularly join 2 meme’s.Every Wednesday I do a Waiting on Wednesday, and I love these posts! I LOVE seeing what everyone else has up and it#s also for me to find new books.
Then on Sunday, we do an In My Mailbox. Also these are easily to put together and this is a meme all of us Bookworms do and rotate every week. But, I’m coming back to this later again…
Just because it’s fitting here, I wanted to take the opportunity to take a second to discuss the difference between a meme and a Feature.
A meme (/ˈmiːm/; meem) is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures. Source : Wikipedia
A meme is something hosted from one blog and usually has a linky list where you can link up your posts. It’s there for everyone to join! All you have to do (and that is imperative) is to link back to the hosting blog. So an Meme is there to spread idea’s and in our case all bookish things!!
A Feature however is something original for a certain blog. It is an (more or less) original idea from one blogger and this blogger does this Feature regularly on their own blogs. Here you have to be careful if you like the idea, because a feature is not to be replicated or even stolen.
My advice? If you love a certain feature talk to the Blogger and ask if you can join her idea and of course you ALWAYS have to credit the blogger. I think most Bloggers are actually excited when another blogger like their idea so much that they want to do the same. It happened with our very irregular “New Adult Monday” Feature. There are a few Bloggers who loved this idea and asked me if they could do the same. I was of course excited and send them the Button I created. All I wanted in return was a link back and they are happy to do so! win win!
New Meme’s hava a hard time getting established!
Truthfully, we had several (in our opinion also awesome) idea’s about new meme’s! Right in the beginning we created a meme called “Notable Quotables” but we never got any people to join. Why? Mainly because it was too similar to Teaser Tuesday to be regonized as something new and exciting to join.
Next, we created “Book Birthday Shout Out” to feature new Releases on Tuesday. Also this was an idea we all loved but… as usual, we ended again doing it alone. and this, even though many people like to feature new Releases on Tuesday, but no one wanted to add it a label call is Book Birthday Shout out and turn it into a meme! *shrugs* Basically, it was not unique enough!
For a very long time especially in the beginning of blogging we joined the Friday Blog Hop meme’s. Then, we wanted to do something else on Fridays and created “My Friday Love“. At this point we were already prepared that no one wanted to join our new meme, especially since many people love to stick to their Follow Friday habits. In the end, it’s an easy post, you get to know new people and new people find your blog! It’s definitely a win – win situation.
Yes I do understand why no one wanted to join our “My Friday Love” post. So after a few month of trial, we turned this to-be meme into a Feature and we just keep doing it!
Yeah… I had tons of ideas for new meme’s and I was actually hoping that some other bloggers might also like to try out something new. But then, most Bloggers are creatures of habit and like to do the things all the cool kids to do. Also, I think many love the comments and the increased pageviews on a strong meme day, right?
Now, after going through all these phases of try and error we again have something new coming up! See, we are not letting our old experiences bring us down.
It’s Time for a Change!
For years now we joined In My Mailbox on Sundays! It’s a nice way to show what we all got in our mailbox, but… I admit that I’m getting tired of this. Don’t get me wrong, It’s a nice meme but we decided that we needed a change, something new and fresh for us!
We want to do something else, something fun, something easy. And while being a BEA we talked a lot about our Blogs and meme’s and these kind of things. There is one meme I absolutely LOVE! It’s Top Ten Tuesdays! I love Tuesdays for exactly this reason and I’m excited seeing all the pretty and awesome posts. However, Tuesdays we cannot join this meme – I mean yes we could but this is one of our strongest days to post our reviews and we do already a meme on Wednesday, have a Feature on Friday and then on Sunday.
So inspired by this I wanted to do something smilar in a list style! And after talking with my Bookworms we came up with something cool and exciting (at least for us).
Inspired by Top Ten Tuesdays, but we do a little twist and we won’t just talk about books, but all book related things and also Blogging Related things. So yes of course it’s not completely new, and we will credit “The Broke and The Bookish” for inspiring our meme, but it won’t be the same!
And… you know what? If you all want to join – that’s awesome and I will jump around and be excited. And if not? I’m fine too – I leanred my lesson that new things are just not easy to be established! so if you are interested, then come back tomorrow for our Super Six Sunday premiere! (Note, of course I did my research and didn’t find any other Blogger doing a meme or Feature called like this)
So, now I want to hear it from you guys! Why do you like to stick to these old established meme’s? Pageviews, Comments or just the love for a certain meme?
What do you think makes a meme work and other doesn’t? Did you also try to establish a meme yourself? Did you succeed ?