Thursday, July 9, 2009

Meme-holic

You know you do too many blog memes when
  • you have a meme for every day of the week, or
  • you look on meme aggregator sites like The Daily Meme for new memes because you worry there are some you're missing, or
  • you start new memes just for something to do, or
  • you can only tell what day it is by what meme you're filling out.
I do too many memes. Recently I've been participating inI've considered joining Thursday Tea, and it bothers me that I don't know a book meme for Saturday. (I even started a meme- Tuesday Thingers, a weekly meme about LibraryThing, lived on my blog for 30+ weeks before I passed it along to Wendi's Book Corner.)

Now, memes can be great, especially when you're just starting out with your blog. It's a great way to network with other bloggers and fill in those days when you just don't have anything spectacular to say. Maybe you're in between book reviews, or maybe you just want to add something a little different to your blog. That's why I joined Tuesdays with Dorie, a baking meme based on Dorie Greenspan's wonderful Baking: From My Home to Yours, and why I've considered doing Monday Movies and other non-book-related memes.

But too many memes, and the blog just feels stale- like the blogger is relying on someone else to provide the content instead of taking the time to come up with interesting posts. I know I need to cut back on the number of memes I've been doing. Granted, I was at a conference this week and didn't have time to post, so pre-packaged memes helped me fill in posts for a couple of days that would otherwise lack new content but it depresses me that up till now all I've had this week are meme posts- and I imagine it bores my readers.

So what to do? I have fun with memes. I don't always do every one listed above every week, but I usually do. But it's starting to become a drudgery. So it's time to pare down.

Sunday Salon is a general-update, free-writing meme; that'll stay.

Teaser Tuesdays can go. Same with Wordless Wednesday. Neither meme is really about writing, which is the reason I started the blog. So I'll scratch those.

Tuesdays with Dorie is fun but realistically I'm not going to complete every baking assignment every week; maybe that one will be done on a do-when-I-can basis!

Booking Through Thursday and Musing Mondays are basically the same kind of meme- answering questions about books. So one of those can go. Which one will probably vary.

Friday Finds will probably stay; I like sharing my new books with my blogging friends and it's an added opportunity to talk about books before I get around to reviewing them.

So three memes a week- that's all I'll do. Even if it means fewer posts overall, I'll leave it at that. I swear. Really. Unless I don't want to.