A 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 🙂
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.
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?