Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.
This week I want to talk about memes. Memes have become an integral aspect of many online communities — especially in the book blogging world. A meme, by definition, a “virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea” with the idea that it is replicated by others. In the book blogging world we have many memes and it seems as though there are new ones popping up all the time. Most who have been immersed in the book blogging world have come across popular memes like In My Mailbox, Book Blogger Hop, Waiting on Wednesday and more. Memes can be weekly or monthly or yearly–such as the Best of 2010 survey I created this year.
What I want to know: Do you participate in memes? Why or why not? If you do, which ones? How many memes are too many? Do you skip over memes in your Google Reader? Do you think memes are useful in the blogging community? Do you like seeing non-bookish memes on book blogs?
Rock that vote:
It’s hard to give a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down for this one. I see the good and I see the “bad.” The only meme I participate in regularly is Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at my other blog) because I find it to be of substance and I learn a lot about the other participants from their bookish lists AND it’s always a good discussion starter. I participate in In My Mailbox from time to time. I’ve discovered some of my favorite blogs through seeing similar interests on lists. When I first started out blogging in June, I did participate in the Blog Hop. I find memes to be fun and useful but I also find them mildly irritating from time to time. I think memes are useful when you are new as they really help you to find other bloggers and ease your way in to the bookish community. I think memes are a casual way to get to know others and I think they do provide a little content for when you don’t have a book review. I personally just don’t like going to a blog and seeing meme after meme. They are fun but I’m looking for some substance in a book blog. That’s just me though. I typically skip over some memes in my Google Reader if I’m just not that interested. It doesn’t annoy me. I just skip over them. The blogs I follow all have great content so if they have a meme or two a week, I’m cool with that. Sometimes I will comment on the meme if I glance over it and see something interesting brought up. I think memes can be a great uniting force in making the book blogging community come together but I DO get overwhelmed by how many memes are out there. A lot of them are great but I’ve just chosen to not participate.
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