Can too many memes maim your blog? Over dramatic much? LOL, guilty! First off as you or may not have noticed I participate in 2 memes every week. I do Top Ten Tuesday and The Sunday Post so my intention here isn’t to knock memes. It is just to have a discussion about memes and a little bookish chinwag about what I see as the merits and the moans.
The merits are easy to spot. First off, let’s be honest, they bring traffic to your blog. We need traffic, no point labouring over reviews and other content if no one sees it. You potentially have some new followers. And memes allow you to have a few posts every week where there is less demand to be creative. If you pick memes that you like, they will be enjoyable to do whilst also allowing you to post in a relaxed, no pressure fashion.
The 2 memes I picked, I went with for personal reasons. TTT is about list making, how could any list-maker lover resist, not this one anyway. The Sunday Post, I choose because it gives me a chance to showcase all the books I received that week. I love seeing my pretties, all shiny and full of possibilities, grouped together every Sunday. I also love the chance to recap the week.
The moans? Well meme means same in French as I’m sure you know. And I don’t want to see generic blogs, all samey-samey-matchy-matchy, all using the same content and not coming up with fresh, creative ideas of their own.
I think if your memes are spread out and hand-picked because they mean something to you, then they are a positive addition to your blog. Especially if they are buffered out by interesting reviews and other bookish topics.
If you are posting too many of them every week, then it’s a turn off for me. Personally I feel, 2/3 is loads but that’s just this humble newbie bloggers opinion and I’m the first to admit I’m still wet behind the ears here. I don’t know what it’s like to come up with new content month after month and year after year. I could be singing a very different song in the future, one about eating humble pie perhaps?
My other feeling on them is if you are running a book blog, you must love books. Memes are a fun way of connecting with others in the community but where is your passion, why do you love reading, what makes your blog different. Sharing what is uniquely you, that’s what I love to see.
Of course some bloggers do an amazing job of making memes their own, taking the topic, spicing it up and putting a spin of their own it. I cheer when I see this. And I will be inspired to look at other posts and will more than likely hit that follow button.
Bookish Chat : So now over to you. What do you think, are you for or against and what do you think is the optimal number? I want this to be a chinwag and I genuinely want YOUR opinion, yes you, don’t read and run. Let’s chat.