I'm an elementary teacher and I post YA and MG reviews on a blog that's aimed primarily at kids, educators, homeschoolers and anyone else who loves children's lit. With a swamped schedule, reviews are about all I manage. I haven't taken the time to really figure out the in's and out's of blogging. So I have a question: What the heck is a meme anyway? I keep seeing this word. I think I spelled it right...
Memes are similar to internet quizzes, surveys, and novelties that people link to and pass around on their blogs, forums and via email. They are basically weekly events - posts that you do every week. I have a few memes on my blog, that might help. :) For example, I'm participating in 'Musing Mondays' each Monday. What it means is that the host (who started this meme) posts a book related question on her blog and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic. This week's question was "What does it take for you to give up on a book you’re reading?". You post your answer on your blog and leave a comment with the link of the post on the host blog's website so that everyone can check it out.
I hope I could help you :)
Here's my blog, maybe it helps a little bit: http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/
I would watch out when you start getting into Memes. Oftentimes if you participate in too many of them, they overtake your blog and when someone clicks on your page (unless they are coming specifically for the meme) they leave quickly and pass you off as just another meme hopper.
I used to participate and even tried starting a couple of my own, but didn't like how much I started to rely on them to have a post each day. Its actually refreshing to me when I hit a page that DOESN"T have them!
"What is a meme?
In regards to this directory listing, we are considering MEMEs: A post or feature hosted by a blog or website that engages other book bloggers to participate. The feature/meme takes place on a certain day and time on a regular basis. Readers will know that consistently on a certain day this feature will be occurring on your blog or web site."
AH HA! I saw your post and wanted to take the time to respond, but I had no idea what it was either... I found that out here.
Sorry if my post is too late and you already figured it out!
Hey, it's already been answered, I see, but I just wanted to stop by and say that you guys should check out Michelle's blog. She'll tell you that she's pretty conservative in her reviews, but speaking as someone from just on the other side of the fence, I would say that she's pretty reasonable. Her reviews are well thought out and she's well-spoken.
As to memes, seeing as I only post once a week (wish I could do more, but I have to focus on my writing before my blogging), I've never really done one of these on a regular basis. I agree they are fun, however, and in my opinion, it's enjoyable to get to know a blogger/author better, but I also agree that too many can be off-putting.
Paul D. Dail
www.pauldail.com- A horror writer's not necessarily horrific blog
Thanks, Paul (blushing). I appreciate the vote of confidence, and I have to recipricate. I love getting your posts in my email. Half the fun of writing/blogging is meeting other writers.
Kelli, I enjoy your blog, too. I visit every few weeks to see what's new.
I made a post listing all the Book Blogging Memes I knew of a back in June if you want to check out which ones you want to join in:
Of course, the original meaning of "meme" refers to the idea of "ideas as living entities", or "an idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person within a culture," originating from Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene.
Great book, whatever you think of Dawkins himself.
This is your resident pedant over and out. :P