Sunday Salon About Memes

TSSbadge1A recent post on ways to make your memes more interesting from Anya at On Starships and Dragon Wings got to the two of us talking about what memes we each like and I was surprised by how different our opinions were. To think a little bit about why that might be, today I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of different memes. I’d love to hear what you each like too 🙂

Monday Musings

I was surprised to discover that while I always read Monday Musings in case they’re interesting discussion posts, Anya avoids them because they’re poorly formatted in her feed reader. I have, however, recently abandoned this meme because I felt I was likely to get spammy comments. There also seemed to be fewer people doing discussion posts lately.

Genre Specific Link-Ups

These are great! As I mentioned in my post on using social media to have meaningful interactions, I love using link-ups like this to find bloggers who read the same genres I do. By visiting bloggers who linked up right before me, I can often find a great new blogger to interact with. An obvious downside is that the genres for which these exist might not be of interest to you.

Top Ten Tuesday

I usually skip reading these because they’re so often just list posts. I do read them if they have a title that interests me though and have noticed this is most likely to be the case when someone has taken a unique look at the week’s theme. I’m also more likely to read posts by people who follow Anya’s advice and talk about their choices instead of just making a list. Some people get really creative with this meme and I always enjoy that.

Spread the Love Linky Party

This new meme from Rebecca at Love At First Book lets bloggers link up their best posts from each week. So far I’ve found it to be a great snapshot of what people are posting each week and a fun way to find new bloggers.

Waiting on Wednesday

These posts I skim purely in self-defense. I’d add way too much to my to-read list otherwise! As Anya pointed out in our discussion though, they are a great way to keep on top of new releases in genres that interest you. Personally, I haven’t yet started e-mailing publishers to request specific ARCs and just use netgalley. But for those of you who have a larger followings and who feel comfortable e-mailing publishers, this could be a great resource.

In My Mailbox

Personally, I’ve never liked this meme. I’ve heard some bloggers complaining about being jealous of other bloggers who get ARCs that they didn’t. For me, I think not reading this meme describing what books people got helps me avoid that jealousy.  Additionally, these posts can get very long with more pictures than I want to deal with, especially since my feed reader often formats these posts poorly. At the same time, I can completely understand wanting to show off your awesome bookish haul. There’s not much that’s better than getting a book in the mail.

Sunday Salon

Last but not least, The Sunday Salon. I love that this meme is like a gathering of book bloggers all talking about what’s going on in their bookish lives. It seems like it might be the source of discussion posts Monday Musings used to be. It also seems like a great way to get to know what’s going on in some book bloggers personal lives. While I don’t want every post to be about the blogger, it’s nice to get to know each other a bit better each week.

Finally, if you’re looking for more memes or different memes to participate in, be sure to check out this great master list of book blogging memes from Tanya at GirlXOXO.

What memes do you like to write and which do you like to read? What do you like about them?






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32 responses to “Sunday Salon About Memes

  1. I used to do Follow Friday and Top Ten Tuesday but the linkys got so huge that I sorta backed out. I do still love to do Sunday Salon!! It helps me see where I am.

  2. I do not participate in any of the memes you have listed. Right now, I am doing Stacking The Shelves, Thursdays with Luxa and Feature Follow. I am contemplating on stopping the Feature Follow meme and replace it with one of my own.

    I actually love writing and reading discussion posts but these past few weeks, I’ve been busy and can’t find enough time to write them. Aside from discussion posts, I also love visiting STS posts which always helped me in finding news books to read. It’s a source of envy though but still, I love it.

    Thanks for sharing your insights about the above memes. Some of them are even new to me.

    • I love your idea of doing your own meme! It sounds like the number of memes you do wouldn’t be overwhelming for readers, but I still love reading blogger’s original features more 🙂

  3. I had no idea there were so many book related memes! You could essentially have a book blog without actually reviewing any books and still post every single day!

    I don’t usually participate in memes, but I really enjoy following genre-specific linkups. I found so many great bloggers through Nonfiction November (yourself included!), now I’m on the lookout for others like that.

    • Unfortunately, I’ve stumbled across some blogs that seem to exist solely by doing memes, which can often mean a lack of original content. It’s great there are so many to choose from though since I think most people who want to participate in one can probably find something that works for them.

      I loved Non-fiction November and was happy to find your blog too! It’s great to have a meme/event like that that lets you find bloggers who share your interests 🙂

  4. Thanks for highlighting my Spread the Love Linky Party! Really appreciated! 😀

    Also, thanks for sharing all of the others.

    Personally, I try to make my blog unique, and I prefer either to make up my own meme or to stay away from the memes in general, even though I will sometimes read other people’s. I want people to come to my blog for something that they might not get elsewhere.

  5. Haha, love this!

    Oo, I love the Spread the Love one as long as people stick to their best post, it’s a nice way to see a lot of blogs!

    Hehe, on a similar note to your comment on WoW, I use IMM posts to keep track of what ARCs are actually being sent out since sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s too early to request one. Completely makes sense to avoid if you’re not requesting ARCs and would get unhappy feelings about it. Uh oh, now I’m worried that I put too many pictures in mine D:

    So with things like Sunday Salon, I have to admit that I just don’t get them sometimes, same with Musings Monday. If there are so many options for what to post I just can’t remember what the main focus of the meme is with so many other ones out there ya know?

    • I think your use of pictures is fine 🙂 You use less than a lot of people and if I want to read your meme posts (which I often do, since you actually write things :)) then I just click through out of my feed reader since it will mess up even single pictures, Silly feedly!

      I liked Monday Musing better when there used to be a weekly prompt, because it was more focused. Everyone was talking about the same thing and it got combined with other monday memes less. I can see your point though for both memes. They’re much less directed than some of the others!

      Thanks for the great discussion Anya 🙂

  6. The one meme I always do is It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? mostly because I find it is a good way for me to settle into the week and highlight what I read the previous week. I’ll jump into Top Ten Tuesday if the topic is interesting, but that happens maybe once a month and I try to make sure I do more than just create a list.

    I do love Rebecca’s linky party, too, but other than that I try to make sure I’m creating original content. I know I find myself scrolling through meme titles a little more than I would like to in my feed reader.

    • The Monday meme you do sounds like a great way to organize your thoughts. I don’t currently do weekly or monthly wrap-ups of any kind, but I’ve been considering it for a while. I agree with you about wanting to see more original content though. If people don’t get creative with their responses to memes, they can all start to blur together for me.

  7. I had never heard of the Sunday Salon until now, thanks for pointing it out! I agree with other commenters that other memes like Top 10 Tuesday got a little crazy with all the links!

    • I know a lot of bloggers who do the sunday salon and while it has grown quite large, I like that links are shared to a facebook group instead of a linky. I think it makes it a bit more manageable 🙂

  8. Really interesting posts about memes. I used to do more than I do now, but tried to make them different by putting a twist on the title. Top 10 Tuesday was my favorite, and still is although I don’t participate as much anymore. I used to comment so much on them, but these days I find that so many people do it that now after reading 5-10, I skip anymore that pop up in my feed reader.

    • I try to comment on them occasionally and am especially likely to do so if someone puts a unique twist on them, but like you, after 5 or 10, I just don’t want to read any more posts on the same topic! I suppose that’s actually one downside of a meme doing very well.

  9. I used to participate in Friday Finds until I realized that my TBR list was getting out of control, haha… I like reading Top Ten Tuesday and Monday Musings if the prompts interest me, and overall, I tend to pay more attention to memes written by people I follow. I actually wish there are more genre-specific linkups (like with Non-fiction November), but maybe I’m just not looking in the right places? Are there any specific ones you follow or link up in?

    • I just decided to start a Non-fiction Friday link-up which is live now 🙂 If you’re interested in fantasy or sci-fi, Anya at runs a nice link-up that also happens on Friday. That’s the only one I’ve found so far though, which is too bad, because they’re one of my favorite memes.

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    I don’t participate in any of these memes mostly because I can’t seem to write posts on any kind of schedule. However, I do enjoy reading other people’s memes depending on the topic.

    • I’ve noticed that I have a hard time with that too! I often write my Sunday Salon posts quite last minute and have always had trouble keeping my own schedule as well. I’ve been doing a very good job of posting reviews on dates I agree to since that matters to someone other than me, but in the absence of that incentive, I’m quite bad at it.

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  12. I enjoyed your post. It is making me reevaluate my positions on participating in memes and which ones. The ones I’ve participated in so far have been fun and helped me with connecting with other bloggers.

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  14. I love memes, reading them and participating in them. I haven’t had as much time lately to visit other people’s meme posts as I would like, but I hope to get back to that soon. I do prefer the TTT posts that are not just lists and I try not to do just the lists myself. I usually start by creating the list and then going back and filling in more later, which sometimes means I never get back to it. It happens, but hopefully not too often.

    There’s a new meme I liked called Life of a Blogger that lets us write a little about non-book topics. It’s a good way to get to know people other than just their bookish interests:

    • Yeah, I definitely understand if a blogger doesn’t have time to make their TTT post not just a list every week. Actually, I really like the look of the Life of a Blogger meme, so I might participate in the future, especially in weeks like this one when I don’t feel up to creating an interesting discussion post 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  15. A lot of memes I will skim or just skip completely. For example, loot posts (Mailbox Monday, Stacking the Shelves, etc…) just don’t interest me at all. It’s not a jealousy thing, I just don’t particularly care for lists of books with no other information. Once you read the book and share your thoughts on it, then I’ll be interested. Along the same lines, Top Ten Tuesday can be hit or miss. The more information a blogger includes as to why they pick the books they do, the better. Memes like that launch discussion, like Booking Through Thursday (although that one’s been inactive for a while) are much more to my taste.

    • I agree with you about loot posts. Although I think it’s possible avoiding them is the reason I don’t usually experience blogger jealousy, I also don’t find them very interesting. I think they’re even more likely than TTT to b just a list and the books will most likely show up again with a review later. I love memes that spark a discussion but I am currently without a meme that gives discussion prompts. Hopefully I’ll find a good one soon 🙂

  16. I still do TTT (because I ❤ lists) but other than that I'm not really interested in memes anymore. I like original features/discussions a lot more 🙂

    • I think you’re not alone in loving lists, since I feel like my list posts are often some of my most visited. Even though I don’t do TTT, I would like to do more list posts 🙂 I think your latest TTT post is a great example of doing something a little different with the meme. I like the way the gifs you use capture the feel of the book you’re talking about. Very creative!

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