Hello Guys !
If you are a book blogger or are familiar with what we do, you know all about the Top Ten Tuesdays, the Waiting On Wednesdays, the Top Five Wednesdays, Book Traveling Thursdays etc… They’re all over the blogosphere, so it is really hard to miss and if you’ve been following my blog for a little while you know that my participation to these memes has drastically dropped down for the past month or so, and I wanted to talk to you about the why. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
So, before anything, let’s talk about these memes from a neutral point of view because I’m not here to bash them or anything, it is the opposite actually. We’ve had a very productive relationship and they’ve been good to me.
The pros :
1. It is a great way to jump start your blog
So, you’re new, intimidated by all the great blogs out there and don’t know where to start? Memes will be your bestfriends. You’ll have automatic posts for a few days of the week without having to stress over what to post.
2. It is ideal to interact with the community
Thanks to these memes, you’re very likely to find a lot of things in common with your fellow bloggers and will probably have unexpected friendships out of it, at least I know I did. Plus, for some reason, these are the posts that get the most interaction.
3. You’ll always have a back-up plan
Out there, there is a meme for everyday of the week. So if you’re in a blogging crisis either because you don’t have time to think up an idea or because the idea you were so very excited about didn’t work out, you needn’t worry, memes are here to save you.
4. You’ll always discover new books
If you’re like me and go through A LOT of memes, you know that you’re bound to discover new books ALL THE TIME and while my wallet hates you for it, I am so very grateful to every last one of you.
The Cons :
1. The memes can overshadow the other posts
I think this one is self-explanatory. If you do a gazillion memes a week and don’t have enough content to balance it that can actually let your personality shine through then your blog will quickly loose its originality.
2. Same books over and over again
I’ve definitely been guilty of this one, my #T5W consisted a lot of the times of very popular books that everyone knows about and that were also in a lot of other #T5W (because I was just catching up on popular books and I still am) so my post didn’t bring anything new to the table sometimes.
3- It starts feeling like a chore
We all know how blogging should always be a hobby and never have this unrequired weight that quickly turns it into an obligation. I realized that following memes religiously turned from “I want to do it” to “I have to do it” in a matter of a couple months which isn’t a good thing at all.
Now to what you’ve all been waiting for (Or is it just me ?), why I retracted a bit from doing my #T5W every and each week as I used to do before. Well, it is simple my friends and for a couple reasons.
First is that as I stated in the cons, it started feelings like work and I lost all pleasure in doing them because a lot of the topics I wasn’t interested in or I simply didn’t have enough books to talk about.
And also because I tend to post 3 times a week, 4 if I have some special post to add. And it’s either I gave up on posting the meme every week or I give up on doing Tags altogether which I really have so much fun doing. So, in my mind the choice was clear.
Last but not least, it is because I found my footing. I finally know which direction I want to take with my blog as well as how I want to handle it and I have A LOT of post ideas that I want to explore in the near future.
All of this being said, you’ll still see some sporadic meme posts on the blog if the subject speaks to me because memes are STILL a fun thing to do.
That’s it until next time.
What are your thoughts on Memes? Do you take part in them or keep your blog 100% original content?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.
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