[LET’S CHAT] The Controversy of Blog Memes

Everybody has feelings about book blogging memes.

Funnily enough, I feel like I’ve only seen a couple discussions about them, and most bloggers seem to fall under the consensus that memes are unoriginal and can get tired and boring, but are blog memes truly living up to that stereotype or are they falling victim to appearing “lesser than” other blog features? Let’s talk about it!

Obviously, I think there are lots of feelings around memes out there, especially contrasting ones! I feel like there’s a little bit of controversy or unfairness directed at memes, and I wanted to tackle it and sort out all of those feelings and opinions!
There are some bloggers out there that participate in memes and feel as if they’re treated unfairly and some who consider memes to be boring and unoriginal and avoid Tuesdays and Wednesdays at all costs. Sometimes, it feels like there’s no in-between when it comes to these things, so why not chat about it?

When it comes to discussing originality in blogging, memes are usually discarded as unoriginal. I mean, it’s pretty hard to describe a feature that a large amount of people are putting their input in as “original,” especially if we continue to all talk and feature the same books over and over again. It definitely depends on what you make of the meme you’re doing that it’s original.
I definitely think there are some memes out there that have more creativity than others. Things such as Top Ten Tuesday or Top 5 Wednesday or Down The TBR Hole are memes that, depending on the blogger, can really be original and easier to comment on! I’ve seen several bloggers turn it into something fun that lots of people enjoy, and that’s fantastic! And then there are more personal memes, such as Stacking the Shelves or the Sunday Post where people can talk about things happening in their lives or the books they received, which are also creative, since no two book hauls or weeks are going to look the same way.
Obviously, there are some memes that can be different, but not as entertaining – ones where you share a line or two from a book you’re reading come to mind – and even memes that can be seen as creative can get old. I know there was a topic for Top Ten Tuesday where you talked about your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017, and my feed was saturated with pretty much every blogger mentioning the same ten books over and over again. I basically ignored everyone’s Top Ten Tuesday posts that day, because I wasn’t in the mood to repeat the same thing in everyone’s comment sections.
So can memes be original? I think yes and no, depending on what you make of it (much like any other blog feature).
I think this all definitely depends on personal experience. When I participated in WWW Wednesday in my first month of blogging, it really didn’t help whatsoever. I didn’t really have anyone on the outside commenting on my posts (except the host), and they really didn’t get as much attention as other posts I preferred writing at the time (not like they were the best posts ever or anything). But, I also wasn’t too good at networking at the time and didn’t comment on anyone else’s WWW Wednesday, so who knows, maybe I wasn’t doing it right?
I’ve seen lots of other people who say that memes totally helped them or that they found most of their blogging friends from them or that their meme days are the most popular days on their blog, so I think I’m an outlier! I’ve seen so many people say that memes truly help their blogs, and I think that’s awesome! Not to mention that most of them have link-ups, so there’s some really good exposure right there that might get your blog to grow, and it’s good way of networking and maybe discovering some new blogs!
So can memes be helpful? Totally. Maybe I was just doing it wrong!
I definitely don’t think memes are a bad thing! I think memes can get a lot of crap at times, even as someone who probably has talked badly about memes on my blog before (I say this mainly because it seems like people are dedicated to hating memes, which I’ve never understood, to be honest). I think it just really depends on the blogger and what they do with the meme – if it serves as a creative alley for them and they’re actually interacting with fellow bloggers, than I definitely don’t see it as a bad thing! I think all blogging features can be unoriginal and boring at times, and depending on how the blogger handles it, it can truly excel.

What is your opinion on book blogging memes? Do you enjoy reading or writing them? Do you participate in any memes? If so, which ones?

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87 thoughts on “[LET’S CHAT] The Controversy of Blog Memes

  1. I’ve found it hard to carry on with the TTT posts because I feel like I’m featuring the same books again and again! I like memes to find new books personally. I like the Down the TBR Hole ones because it’s fun to see if people are getting rid of books I love and I always try to persuade them otherwise haha πŸ˜›

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  2. Love this post!

    Honestly, I don’t have any problem with memes whatsoever. I don’t check out all of them, but the ones I join myself I of course do check.
    I get why memes would seem “bad” since it’s sometimes the same thing over and over – especially, as you mention, when it’s about anticipated releases. But still, it gives bloggers inspiration for posts – not necessarily to do the meme itself, but sometimes just having a post about a certain type of book / character / theme /…

    The reason I do the memes I do?
    TTT: I love going through my own books and finding the ones that fit that week’s theme. Sometimes even going on Goodreads to find more books so I can mention some different ones, ones that aren’t going to be mentioned everywhere.
    Waiting on Wednesday: It simply gives me an excuse to drool all over the books that are going to be released and remembers me of the books that I still want to buy / preorder as well. Not to mention that you can discover some books by visiting other people’s posts.
    WWW Wednesday: This one simply motivates me to read a bit more – not that I barely read, like at all. It’s just that you don’t really want to mention the same “currently reading” two weeks in a row, haha.

    And apart from those known ones, I have my own TGIF on Fridays [doh] where I generally post an update of the things going on with me, my life and my blog. This week – for example – I mentioned all the monthly challenges for the upcoming months as well as my Christmas card exchange and the readathon I’ll be joining this month. It’s just a fun way to update others on what I’ll be doing and advertising some of the things I’m up to, haha.

    So, nope, I don’t have a problem with memes at all. On the contrary, it makes it easier to connect with people and talk about a certain book you see mentioned.

    [End of ridiculously long comment.]

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    • Thank you, Kathy! ❀️

      True, it does give inspiration for others, since I know finding inspiration or ideas for blog posts I harder for some over others!

      Ah, that’s awesome! I have a terrible memory, so I’d never be able to do TTT; I’d just be mentioning the same books over and over! I do love learning about new books in any way I can, so WOW is a great meme for that (though I sometimes do see the same books the entire bookish world is anticipating being mentioned sometimes). And haha, same! I like not doing monthly wrap-ups so it doesn’t show how I’m not reading a word! πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, memes like The Sunday Post are a great way to talk about your life and are always original since no one will talk about the same things! I think if people can connect via memes, it’s perfectly fine! πŸ˜„

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      • You’re welcome!

        Indeed! I’m not really one to make posts like the ones you do – we all have our own “thing”, don’t we? But I do enjoy reading them and seeing what you come up with every time, haha.

        That’s why I always create my TTT’s for the upcoming month on the same day! That way I see for myself that I don’t mention the same books over and over.
        I usually go with a WoW that mentions the books that are being released in the next seven days. It’s easier that way and there’s almost always one that isn’t that known since I tend to squeeze in the eARC’s of indie authors I’ve read as well.
        I love reading monthly wrap-ups! Especially the hauls. Although I have a love/hate relationship with those since I always drool all over them and then hate the fact that I didn’t buy this or that one. :’)

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  3. I have to admit memes and www Wednesday in particular were what helped my blog the most when I was starting out. For one thing it forced me to post regularly but it also encouraged me to visit and comment on other blogs, bringing traffic back to my own.

    Personally I kind of use WWW Wednesday as a way to post mini reviews and also talk about the books I’m looking forward to. When I visit other blogs I do tend to see similar books popping up but you get that anyway and it’s nice to chat to others about the books you have in common.

    I’m a little bit erratic in my TTT participation as it depends on the topic and whether I’ve had time to write something up. With certain topics you do see the same books popping up but I think most people try to put a bit of spin on it and do something original.

    If they get people visiting each other’s blogs and commenting I don’t think memes can be a bad thing. Plus you always get the same themed posts, reviews, tags and features popping up at certain times anyway.

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    • Yeah, I don’t feel like I read WWW Wednesday’s that often, though I do think they’re probably the most original, especially since not everyone reads or mentions the same books!

      Yeah, I think if people genuinely enjoy them and are getting good blog traffic, it can’t be a bad thing! πŸ˜„ In general, I feel like the blogosphere will mention and talk about the same books, so it’s not just a meme thing!

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  4. Hi! There are some memes I like more than others and some that I avoid. I like some TTT but depending on the theme of the week. Favorite book characters I like but most anticipated reads…not so much because everyone features the same thing! This is one meme I’ve only seen on a couple blogs but it’s Which Cover Wednesday and they show U.K. book covers and US book covers and say which they like better and why! Because I’m shallow I really enjoy reading those. I also like reading Down the TBR hole because it’s different for each blogger. Great post!

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    • Yep, I agree regarding TTT! Some topics really bring out original takes because the topics are versatile, but some just get most people to say the same books over and over again! 😝 Oh, that sounds interesting; I love posts that compare covers (I really want to do one in the future when I’m not lazy). πŸ˜‚ And I enjoy Down The TBR Hole as well! πŸ˜„ Thank you! ❀️

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  5. I don’t think I’ve ever run a meme post – Who is this blogger you might ask? But I enjoy reading some of them. I see the TTT around and share some of those posts, and I read a really fun A-Z one yesterday.
    I always prefer ones which feature books rather than those that get a bit silly about someones life.
    What you you recommend for a meme newbie? I’m a little scared by how much work might be involved in planning a post though.

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    • Oh, several bloggers run different types of memes! Most people say who the blogger is at the top of their own meme odd!

      I think if you like memes just about books, Top 10 Tuesday, Top 5 Wednesday, or WWW Wednesday would be for you! You can google Top 10 Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday for the host bloggers and the prompts, while WWW Wednesday is just “What are you reading?”, “What have you finished reading?”, and “What are you going to read next?”

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  6. I used to participate in SO many memes when I first started blogging and only one of them helped more than others. At one point I ended up having a week of just meme posts because I tried to post every day and I ended up dropping all of them because they were just boring. I only participate in TTT now because it’s pretty versatile, but I tend to avoid the “anticipated releases” posts because everyone mentions the same books πŸ™ƒ

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    • Yeah, some memes can just be straight up boring to write! I know I got bored with WWW Wednesday easily, which is the biggest factor of why I quit. 😝 Oh, yeah, I’ve found that most “anticipated releases” posts, even outside of memes, tend to mention the same books over and over again, which is why I try to talk about books that aren’t mentioned often when it comes to my own.

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  7. I used to participate in memes quite often and I think it definitely helped getting our blog out there in the very beginning and finding new blogs to read which is always a plus in my book! I definitely try to do them less these days though because I realized that I would talk about the same books over and over again and that’s no fun for anyone involved.

    But I 100% agree with you on memes not having to be unoriginal because it really does depend on what the blogger does with them! Cait always has super fun posts when she links up with T10T, for example.

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    • Yep, definitely! I feel like I sometimes talk about the same books over again, and I don’t even feel like I talk about books often, since I usually review new/unreleased ones!

      But, yes, depending on the blogger, they can be really well done and enjoyable to read! πŸ˜„

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  8. I think that memes are a personal thing. There are some that I don’t enjoy at all and will pass up reading. while others seem to love it I just don’t connect with it at all. But then I really enjoy others (like Top 5/10 lists) as they give me an insight into what a person likes and maybe even recommends a few new ones I might enjoy πŸ™‚
    Great post!

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  9. Very interesting topic! I don’t really have strong thoughts on memes, I join in with them whenever I feel interested in the topic or sometimes the Top Ten Tuesday is also an easy post to do when you are short on time but really want to put a post up. I can see the side of the argument where people ‘dislike memes’ in the sense that if your timeline is flooded with the same content and they are hoping for something else? But for me it doesn’t bother me, I always want people to post whatever they love and like so I end up reading everyone’s posts (well try to, if not I will binge them) to see. I don’t always comment on people’s meme posts if I haven’t read any of the books or if perhaps I just read a post somewhat similar and feel like it would be repeating my comment but at another venue.

    I think memes are super helpful though, whenever I want to check out new books I know I can find them by checking out Top Ten Tuesdays or What to Read Wednesdays etc.
    Loved this!

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    • That’s true; I’m sure it can definitely get frustrating if you’re feed is straight-up bombarded with nothing but memes (it also depends on how many blogs you follow – I follow only around 30, so it might be different if someone follows hundreds)! Yeah, I don’t always comment on meme posts because some don’t offer up much to say or the same books have been mentioned over and over again that I don’t want to keep commenting the same thing on everyone’s post. 😝

      So true! I’ve found some great books to add to my TBR because of memes, which is awesome! Thank you! ❀️

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  10. I think memes can be a good thing – if everyone is linking up to a certain post one day, it makes it so much easier to blog hop and find new blogs. I agree, sometimes they can get a bit repetitive or boring. I participate in a couple but try not to rely on them too much. I like TTT because the topics are different every week, but I don’t participate all the time. I think they’re just a fun way to bring the blogging community together.

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    • So true; it’s definitely an effective way to blog hop and discover new blogs all the time (which I think is my main problem when it comes to commenting back)! Yeah, I feel like I’d probably do it once in a while over doing every topic every week since some just don’t interest me! πŸ˜„

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  11. I mostly find book memes to be enjoyable. When I first started my blog I focused on doing every TTT topic each week. Nowadays, I pick and choose when I’ll do a TTT post if I know I have something unique to offer to that topic. My personal experience I’ve found that doing TTT, which offers link-ups, to be helpful to getting “discovered” by other bloggers πŸ™‚ I haven’t really tried or stuck with any other book memes other than TTT – I think that one is the most fun to do!

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    • Yeah, it seems like TTT is one of the most popular blog memes, which makes me wonder if I did the wrong meme when I stated out (but then again, I can never think of 10 books for a topic anyway πŸ˜‚). And, yeah, there are certain meme topics where I know I can’t think of anything good or don’t find them interesting, so if I did do memes, I’d probably be in the same boat as well! πŸ˜„

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  12. Being a new blogger, I’ve found the memes to be helpful. I don’t always have ideas and hate going days without posting, so it helps fill in. Plus I do enjoy reading others and seeing if we’re similar or not. I can see how they can get old, but so far, I’m enjoying participating and reading them.

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  13. I think memes are great and definitely get a bad reputation! I think the problem is HOW the memes are used, not so much the meme itself. I hope I don’t sound like a hypocrite since I’m still so new to all this myself and still gathering my bearings when it comes to blogging, but I think the problem with memes happen when people just use them as a simple list and don’t put any real thought into them. If you’re going to tell me about your favorite animal sidekicks or whatever, don’t just show me the book and the animal’s name. I might not have read the book! I have no clue what you’re talking about! But if you give me a paragraph explaining why this animal is so cute/awesome/creative, I’m much more engaged and will want to keep coming back for more.

    Or something like that πŸ™‚

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    • That’s definitely an excellent point! I’ve seen lots of people criticize blog memes because some bloggers just post a name and picture and explain absolutely nothing – which, I agree, doesn’t really help creating or inspiring conversation or maybe pushes me to read the book? But, yes, I like it when people explain why the book is in the list – most of the bloggers I follow who participate in memes do exactly that! πŸ˜„

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  14. Hello Mikaela! Love this discussion post!

    I used to do TTTs, but I stopped because each post actually takes quite a lot of effort for me to write, and also because I usually can’t think of 10 books that fulfill the criteria of the week! (Thanks to my goldfish memory!) on the other hand, I regularly participate in a blog hop (WIPpet Wednesday) where fellow bloggers post a snippet of their wip each month. These posts aren’t my most popular but I love having a community who support my writing.

    In general I am not a fan of reading memes because they are not the most interesting kind of posts lol. But I agree in that it depends on the meme and how the blogger writes about it. I think we should pick memes that we enjoy writing and not feel obligated to do them all the time.

    Great post and thanks for sharing ❀

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    • Thank you, Sophie! ❀️

      I feel that! I sometimes look at Top 10 topics for post ideas, and some of them, I’m just like, “I can only think of like, 3 books.” πŸ˜‚ I have a terrible bookish memory. Oh, I think that’s awesome! I’ve seen writing memes around, and they look awesome, and a great way to talk about your writing! πŸ˜„

      Haha, I feel that! I usually read a list or discussion (it really depends on the meme) but it does depend on who writes them! It’s definitely best to participate in memes we’ll enjoy, not the ones that are most popular so we can get traffic!

      Thanks so much! ❀️

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      • Haha glad that I’m not the only one with bookish memory problems :’)
        Yes! It is much more fun to do memes that we enjoy, otherwise it would be exhausting!

        Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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  15. I think memes are just subjective to certain bloggers and followers. I have not participated in any because I feel like there are so many that participate already that mine would be redundant. But I have had many fellow bloggers say they never get tired of reading them. I think I might keep an eye on several popular ones and try to implement a weekly one on my blog and see how it does.

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  16. It’s funny that you wrote a post about this. A while ago, I think last year I wrote a post that talked about memes and tags. When I first started blogging, my blog was nothing but memes and tags. I was always doing Top 10 Tuesday, Top 5 Wednesday, and Friday 56. I had to stop doing them and only limited myself to one Top 5 Wednesday Post a month. I got really tired of seeing the same books on everyones lists every single week.

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  17. I actually really like book memes. πŸ™‚ At the moment I take part in three but I will cut that down to only one come November, because I agree with you when you say some are more creative than others and I feel a little tired of the more uncreative ones you know? Not that’s there’s anything wrong with them though.
    I think when you’re starting out blogging it’s an easy way to discover other blogs and get traffic on your site, and honestly I just loved taking part in Top Ten Tuesday so much I carried on even now coming up two years of me blogging on WordPress. πŸ™‚
    Great post Mikaela.

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    • That’s true! I find certain memes easier to comment than others, since for certain ones, it’s showcasing one book, and if you haven’t read or aren’t interested in that book, there’s nothing you can really say? 😝 But, yeah, nothing wrong with them! I think I prefer list type memes the most!

      Definitely! It didn’t work out for me, but I know it can (and has) definitely worked out for other people! πŸ˜„

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  18. I highly enjoy Top ten Tuesday and networking with other bloggers that do it too. It definitely gets old when everyone repeats the same books, though. I would want to try to make my lists as different and unique as possible and talk about new things. Repetitiveness within memes are things you learn about and with time figure out.
    Having freebies or idle topics that leave space for more originality is great to use our imagination. It is also a good idea to always twist the topics. I’d like to do more of that because it also makes it a lot more fun.
    I can’t really do TOO MANY memes, and that’s another controversial point. I don’t want my blog to be filled ONLY with memes. I want to have a balance. They are fun to do, but it can sometimes get old. We have to make sure that we always change something up to keep it fresh and new every single week!
    Great discussion! I enjoyed it a lot!

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    • It really does! And I don’t even think that’s a meme problem, it’s more a blogosphere problem (like, we all constantly talk about the same books sometimes, but I wrote another discussion about that 😝)! Oh, yeah, I’ve seen people think outside of the box when it comes to meme ideas, and I just can’t do that for the life of me; I see some topics that I’m just not interested in and give up. πŸ˜‚

      That’s so true! I would never want to do ALL memes ALL the time. That’s just too much for me and I think I’d get bored with it (though I know bloggers who do, and do perfectly well)! Thank you! ❀️

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  19. Well the first time I saw the word “meme” I did not understand what that was LOL Now that I finally know I do love participating but I don’t have a lot of time so I tend to choose the short ones. But I love reading others answering to long meme. Some I even wonder where the blogger is finding all his/her answers as there are so many things I forget about past books that I’m amazed. And yes meme can be creative. Their uge perk is to make people discuss about books and bookish things or their blogs etc. It makes for a nice and interesting change from reviews and promo. It gives content and can even trigger discussions ideas. Now of course this is a personal thing as some bloggers are not interested in participating and it’s perfectly fine!

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    • Haha, same! I knew internet memes before blog memes, so I was confused as to why they’re called “memes” (still think of Internet memes whenever I read that word). πŸ˜‚

      Oh, same! I don’t have a good bookish memory, like, at all. πŸ˜… There are books I consider my favorites that I just don’t talk about because I’m not reminded of it often. 😝 So people who seem to be able to recommend new books ALL THE TIME amaze me. And, yes, I’ve definitely used some meme topics to transform into longer posts, since I usually come up with more than 5 or 10!

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  20. I don’t mind them. I participate now and again and I do enjoy what people who do participate in them post. If it’s solely about having original content then an argument can be made for all the (SAME) cover reveal, and blog tour posts. We see the same things over and over in these yet no one seems to complain about that.

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  21. Memes are definitely not a bad thing, I will say that when I see them in my reader I generally don’t click but I love how they can help give creative ideas to bloggers. The reason I stopped writing them though, was because if I didn’t want to read them then why was I writing them? And also, I felt uncreative writing them, as I wasn’t the one coming up with the topics.

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    • Yep, definitely! I know some people just can’t think up all the ideas constantly, which makes sense, so I’m glad they give bloggers an opportunity to be able to think up something! Yeah, I don’t enjoy reading certain ones, either, and I realized I didn’t enjoy writing them, so why was I doing it???

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  22. I feel like memes are really good ways to get inspiration going, or to just introduce yourself to the blogosphere, but after a while, it can get repetitive?? As a reader, I don’t like seeing 2948284 of the same posts flood my Reader on Tuesdays. I think memes are actually pretty great — if you’re creative with them (like Cait is)!

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  23. i think memes are great! You get to know more bloggers and you are more involved in the community. OMG I SO RELATE WITH THAT TTT point. People were literally spamming my feed with 2017 releases and I just died inside. XD But I think the point is about memes being ‘bad’ is that some blogs, and you have probably stumbled across them, only post memes. Like lists of books (which book blogging memes usually are) and that gets really boring. I think TTT is the most popular and I don’t mind people posting that but some other memes really DO get repetitive and while ‘easy to comment on’ I’m not intrigued

    I also think it can take the fun away from blogging. Sure these posts can be quick and enjoyable to put together, but one of the best things is COMING Up WITH IDEAS, using your creativity and I think memes somehow take away from that.

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    • Yep, memes are a great way to get involved with the community! πŸ˜„ Haha, same; I was on vacation as well, and ended up just ignoring them all because I had other posts that I was more interested in commenting on. 😝 Yeah, I think I prefer list-type memes the most over ones that are like “pick a book and talk about it” because that just seems like nothing to me? And if I don’t care about the book said blogger talks about, I have nothing!

      And, yes, I love coming up with my original ideas! It makes me really proud (even though making outlines is a pain lol). πŸ˜‚

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  24. I actually have a draft of post discussing why I love memes. In general, they allow me to feature a lot of books. I have already read 265 books this year, but who’s going to read 265 reviews? The one thing I do when I do TTT or CWW/WOW is I actually talk about the books I feature. Usually they are books I read, so I relate why they are on the list to the topic. I have seen many of these posts with just pictures and no explanation, how do I know why it was featured? I have combined The Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday, What are You Reading into my weekly wrap up. Again, I get to feature so many books. My blog is a YA blog, so my reviews and CWW/TTT posts will feature YA books, but the Sunday Post lets me talk about my non-YA reads. I blog because I want to talk about books, and these memes let me do that. I have also discovered some hidden gems through this lists. I follow a bunch of different blogs, but mostly YA blogs and it does seem like they talk about all the same books, especially when it come to SFF (I see a little more variety on the contemporary front), but every once in a while, someone will feature a book that I have no knowledge of or had swept aside. So I like that memes let you feature less popular books, as people tend to post reviews for the most hyped books. WLABB has a meme, which I have been terrible at supporting because I don’t like to take pictures, but it’s a fun way to share what we are currently reading. It’s just about talking about books for me, and gives me a venue to do so.

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    • Oh, wow, that’s impressive! That’s the amount I wanted to reach this year, but I’ve sadly failed. πŸ˜… That’s so true! I think it’s great to combine a bunch of memes so you can talk about more books, especially when it comes to weekly wrap-ups! And that’s awesome; I’m so glad you’ve found new books to add to your TBR! I think it really depends on how many blogs you follow on how many different books you see!

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  25. I’m new to the book blogging scene, so this topic is definitely interesting to me. Thanks for trying insights. I haven’t participated in any memes yet, however I can see how they can be helpful to build connections, and to help when you need inspiration for a post.

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  26. I’m so glad you wrote a post about this! As a new blogger, I’ve been contemplating doing some memes to get out there and start networking. I think what’s been holding me back so far is everything you mentioned in your post. I’d hate to fall into the trap of repeating information/books that have already been discussed. But now I’m thinking of picking two or three to to keep an eye on and then choosing one topic a week that I could get creative with. Food for thought! Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚

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  27. I enjoy writing and reading blog memes, but I have to admit that I find many memes that get old after a while. Sometimes if I’m bored, I might be more callous and unlikely to read a bunch of blog memes. I think memes help me post regular content and come up with some new ideas. The memes I participate in are Book Traveling Thursdays, Six Degrees of Separation, and Monthly Wrap-up.

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  28. I am not 100% opposed to memes and tags, but it does seem like those are the only things some bloggers post. And I don’t find that interesting. I want to see that a book bloggers actually reads books and discusses them. If I just see a list with the same books all the time…well, that gets boring. If I find a new blog and they don’t have anything but memes and tags, I leave because it suggests to me that they aren’t sure how to generate original content. When there are tons of blogs out there that do generate original content and I only have so much time in the day, the original content is going to win. However, I understand that a lot of people like memes because they’re easy to skim and respond quickly to.

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  29. UM. I can see how some memes might be considered boring or unnecessary and there are some I do avoid (like Waiting on Wednesday…ahem). But I live for Top Ten Tuesdays! There is a lot more freedom and creativity with this one so you never know what you are going to get! I post TTT every Tuesday but I do try to make it a little different than the original prompt. And they are not always 10 haha. But I do think that memes are great for providing inspiration, IF the prompt isn’t generic.

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  30. Original? I’d say no. Simply because it’s a whole bunch of bloggers writing a post about the same topic. But can memes still be fun and interesting and helpful? Absolutely! They’re a great, simple way to meet other bloggers and immerse yourself in the community, especially when you’re new. I only ever participated in a couple though. I sometimes still do Cover Characteristics, but I kinda just use my own topics now lol. And I used to do TTT, but the problem was that I don’t read all the popular books, I read lots of self-pub/indies, so I was just kind of out of the loop and got tired of seeing so many people talk about all the same books that I knew nothing about and having no one be interested in the books I was talking about. But oh, I do participate in Sunday Post, but I always forget that’s even a meme since it’s so broad.

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  31. Interesting discussion! The only meme I participate in consistently is The Sunday Post. I’ll do Top Ten Tuesday if I have time and ideas. I don’t mind if other people do repetitive memes. If I’m not interested in a post, I just skip it. I’m not the boss of other people blogs. πŸ™‚

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  32. I think I’m definitely a feature hater πŸ˜‚ Obviously everyone should do what they want, but if a blog is full of weekly features, I’m not staying. Also I just can’t bring myself to call them memes, because memes are a completely different thing to me πŸ˜‚
    As far as being original goes, of course some bloggers might turn this around and make it interesting, but I’m not gonna read all of the TTT posts until I find a good one πŸ˜…

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  33. I agree with you, meme can be fun and original since I’ve seen some bloggers put some twist on the prompt or do it differently that it feels like it’s their own post instead of memes. But I also feel like they can get very repetitive. There are certain times where I avoid reading TTT or T5W because I’m 100% sure I’ll see the same book over and over again. I participate in T5W and I have a rule that if I can’t think of at least 2 underrated books to be in the post, or think outside of HP, then I would not be participated in that week’s T5W πŸ˜€

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    • That’s true; some topics just bring out the same books over and over! Like, if I’m asked to list anticipated releases or fave books of the year, I’m sure a lot of other bloggers will include the same books, so that gets boring after a while! Oh, that’s a good idea, and I think that’s really helpful! πŸ˜„

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  34. I used to take part in memes when I first started. I think they’re super helpful for beginners because it’s easy to connect with others. For me, though, over time they started to be repetitive. I kept sharing the same books every week or the same as everyone else. I also just stopped caring about reading OTHER people’s posts. I don’t really care what other people do on their blogs, but I do tend to not read bloggers who do nothing BUT memes. Like, do them, go for it, but mix it up with original content or reviews every now and then ya know?

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    • Yeah, I think they can definitely be great for interaction, especially when you’re starting out, but after a while, they can get pretty stale! And, yeah, people who do a meme for every day a week will eventually bore me. I’m just not that invested in that type of stuff!

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  35. I think memes can be great when used in moderation and when you’re being creative about them. The only meme I participate in every single week is the Sunday Post, but that’s just because I share a little update on my life and the latest giveaways and posts I’ve found that I really enjoyed. The other meme I sometimes participate in is TTT, but only if I’m feeling inspired. I don’t mind reading them, though—some people really make them unique!

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  36. I actually like memes and tags πŸ™‚ I just don’t post too many, because not many people share my opinion πŸ˜€

    However! I will also agree with the fact that it’s not alright to just have 18 tag posts in a row, because… I mean… Do I even have to explain? πŸ˜€ I do realize such bloggers are doing it for their own pleasure and fun, and that’s great! They should – if they’re having fun. But I probably won’t be reading 18 in a row or following that blog πŸ™‚ every once in a while it’s fun though!

    Although I guess I was talking mostly about tags. You mean like weekly or monthly memes. Those I love too πŸ™‚ although it depends. TTT can get pretty boring, but not because it’s inherently bad. Because some people interpret it pretty badly! I’m all up for a good Top Ten Tuesday (although I don’t post them myself), but some people JUST FAIL. They will post ten pictures and ten names. And will not explain anything. That is such a fail!!!! Why even post that? Something I don’t understand πŸ˜€ when it’s a list with explanations though.. That’s just fine! It’s interesting.

    I also enjoy the Sunday post. It helps me catch up with others, and catch up with my own accomplishments. Also, there’s a community around it πŸ™‚

    I have my own meme, don’t know if you know it, called State of the ARC. To track your ARC progress. It’s a monthly meme, so I feel like I don’t encroach upon people’s time too much πŸ™‚

    I also don’t really feel like WWW is a very good meme (*hides!*) I’ve never tried it, but I don’t feel like I’d even want to, because it just spotlights a book, and that’s kind of meh.

    I have also found most of my readers through the Sunday post. My blog was kind of lonely and unloved before that. And even though a lot of Sunday post-ers are romance bloggers, which I don’t blog about AT ALL, we’re still friends and I still enjoy visiting most of them, and I’ve found great blogs (and great people) that way. Plus, they sort of spread the word and not only Sunday post participants see your content that way πŸ™‚

    I’m not sure I’ve actually seen people hate on memes though! Tags – yes. But not memes so much πŸ™‚ for me… A meme is like “hey, this is happening over here, wanna come play with us?” πŸ™‚ and that’s always a good thing, I feel like πŸ™‚

    Awesome discussion!

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  37. I participated in like every meme when I first started and then I read a blog post by someone who said they looked back through their beginning posts and it was all memes. They were worried they bothered the crap out of people because of it!! So! I majorly backed off the memes!! I like the idea of TTT and BBH, so I choose to do only the topics I really loved! Therefore I only read the ones I’m interested in.
    WWW is another one that I switched to doing once a month. But I’m currently debating to every other month (I don’t read a lot each month). Honestly….I rarely read anyone else’s. That’s part of my reasoning for doing it every other month.
    Down the TBR Hole is a sweet one, but I don’t post about it.
    Long story short, I didn’t have a direction when I started my blog. So I did whatever meme I thought would direct people to my blog and help me gain some β€œpopularity”. I had an epiphany and realized I was killing myself and was hating my blog posts! Which was an awful feeling! Less about books and more about other things.
    Thanks for the chat! (Also a side note, I just started a Let’s Chat section on my blog)

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