Discussion: Book Memes

A lot of bloggers do memes and book bloggers are no exception.  Waiting on Wednesday, Musing Mondays, Top Ten Tuesdays, the list goes on and on.  But memes are interesting in that not all bloggers do them or even like them.

As you guys have noticed, I’ve kind of stayed away from memes (other than my failed attempt at a Spotlight one).  This is not because I hate them but rather there are other things I want to talk about.  I want to do my own thing; I always have.  If I want to post a discussion on a Friday rather than a Saturday, I can do that.  If I want to do a top ten list, I can do it whenever I feel like it.  I know you’re not obligated to post memes weekly, but it is sort of expected.

As for other blogs, I don’t mind memes.  If someone does only memes that gets rather annoying, yes, but for the most part I see nothing wrong with them.  I just don’t want to do them.  They’re not for me.

But what I want to know now is: If you’re a blogger (particularly a book blogger), do you do memes?  Why or why not?  As a reader, do you like reading meme posts?


  1. Diantha Jones (@DianthaJones)

    Yes, I do memes, as you already know. Blogger Banter and Show N’ Read Saturday. They are my own memes I created myself. BB is only on the Masquerade Crew site and I post those every Friday. Show N’ Read is a Saturday meme which I post only when I really want to review a movie or TV show. I have grown quite a dislike for WoW, but I love Top Ten Tuesday (who doesn’t love lists?), Sunday Post, and a couple others. I think memes can be really fun, but can wear out their welcome. It just depends on the meme.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s so true. It really depends on the meme and the individual blogger. Some bloggers like yourself do memes really well, both their own and others’ memes. Some don’t because they just treat them like filler posts rather than posts in their own right.

  2. Jemima Pett

    Well, it took me a long time to work out what a meme was, or a trope (since meme isn’t in my dictionary and trope is ‘a figurative use of a word’ – I am getting a new dictionary for Christmas!) I picked up on a flash fiction challenge and decided to make it Flash Fiction Friday, so I guess I do memes. I also do haikus on Tuesday and book reviews on Saturdays. To my mind it helps a follower who likes one thing to turn up on certain days; it adds structure and a certain element of comfort (or predictability). It also adds discipline to what I do (and makes sure I write new fiction every week, whatever else I’m doing). But anything can happen on the other days! (and nothing is set in stone)

    • Carrie Slager

      And that’s an excellent system for you. I’m not totally meme-free nor do I want to be. They can add a helpful bit of routine, just like my weekend discussion posts do. But when they’re done too much you can tell the blogger doesn’t really want to do them anymore and the posts themselves fall flat. It just really depends on the blogger.

  3. Tammy Sparks

    I always do Waiting on Wednesday. It’s my favorite and if I’m struggling that week with blogging blahs (like I have been all month!) I know I’ll have at least one easy post that week. I do Top Ten Tuesday only about once a month. It’s got to be a topic I’m passionate about. And I do a book haul meme about every other week. I find these memes are good for connecting with other bloggers. But I try not to go overboard.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s a good way to look at it. Some memes are fine, but going overboard is not. I don’t mind memes in general as I said in my post but when I see a blog that does only memes it’s kind of annoying. It makes me feel like the blogger doesn’t have the confidence to do their own thing, which isn’t always true. But you know what they say about appearances.

  4. literaryvittles

    I guess I never thought of memes this way. I think of them as the goofy photos with funy captions. I do attempt to run a couple of series on my blog, such as author/illustrator spotlights each Wednesday and film reviews every Friday. As others below have remarked, I think establishing a series helps followers of the blog keep track of what you post, especially when you post about a variety of subjects.

    • Carrie Slager

      Very true. That’s why I always hold discussions on weekends or close to weekends (like Friday). It gives a little bit of routine. But a meme every single day like some bloggers do can get a little tiring.

  5. Charleen

    I do memes occasionally, but there aren’t any that I post consistently. I’m also not good about visiting other blogs that link-up (I know, bad blogger!) especially on the really popular ones that get hundreds of links. What I do like about them though is seeing all these themed posts pop up on the blogs I already follow and seeing how they respond to them.

    I definitely prefer ones that are more like conversation-starters, and I like it when bloggers go into their reasons for picking certain books rather than just posting a title or a list of titles. The more you do with a meme, the more you make it your own, the more interesting it will be for the readers, I think.

    • Carrie Slager

      “The more you do with a meme, the more you make it your own, the more interesting it will be for the readers, I think.”

      Very, very true. I sort of copied my discussion posts from another blogger at first, but as I’ve grown a little more confident I sort of have made them my own thing. Part of it is growing as a blogger as well.

      • Charleen

        Well, discussions are already interesting, by nature; they’re meant to generate conversation. But things like Top Ten Tuesday, seeing just a list of books with no explanation or commentary is pretty boring. There’s nothing to respond to. Same for book haul posts.

  6. Tanya Patrice

    I used to do a few, but I’ve gotten a bit out of the habit. I do always link my weekly book discussion to It’s Monday, What Are You Reading – but other than that – I’ll do a few others occasionally. They ave helped get the word out there about my blog, and I do spend quite a bit of time on the ones that I do – I guess as I do on all the posts on my blog.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s a good way to do it, though. Not so many memes that you get burned out or use them as fillers and you pick ones that generate discussion rather than just listing things with no explanation.

  7. Grace

    I don’t usually do memes, although sometimes I’m a bit envious of the people who do because it allows them to build relationships with bloggers who prefer different genres. I like the community aspect, but after a while, they all start to sound similar.

    At the same time, I love community events like readalongs, reading challenges, and readathons, so there’s that.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yeah, I’m rather partial toward reading challenges as I’m running one right now. I think the difference for me is the whole interactive aspect. I prefer memes that generate discussion; most of the ones by bloggers I follow I just skip over. But if they have an interesting title or a good article that makes me want to comment, I’ll still read that meme. I just don’t feel like participating in them at this time.

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  9. Jackie G.

    Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. If I do participate in a meme, it will be one that generates discussion– like Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Or For What It’s Worth Reviews hosted a biweekly meme, Blogger Confessions, that I also participated in. But, I only participate if I find the question interesting. Sometimes the questions are redundant or uninspiring, so I’ll pass for that week.

    I’m not a fan of creating blog posts that revolve around a quote picked at random or In My Mailbox (and its many spin-offs). I understand why bloggers choose to create these posts. Maybe they won’t get through all of the books sent their way, but IMM still allows the blogger to promote a book. Sometimes it’s just filler because we all need a day off from writing reviews every now and then. Honestly though, I skip over that kind content in my reader. I don’t think those memes generate interesting or creative content. It’s usually just a list of book titles and some pictures, and as a reader how do I even respond to that? It’s not engaging.

    • Carrie Slager

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. Some memes certainly do generate more discussion than others. I’ve actually been tempted by the Blogger Confessions on more than one occasion. But some memes are just…meh. I generally skip over them in my reader as well because although I love the bloggers themselves I don’t always like their meme posts.

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