Making Memes #ArmchairBEA
The second topic we’re talking about at Armchair BEA today is exploring our blogging horizons. (The first topic was about short stories and novellas.)
I started a book blog, in part, because I saw that there were several active memes. I could jump in right away and make connections with other book bloggers. One of my first posts was for “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” at Book Journey. I also participate regularly in these memes:
- Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads
- Wondrous Words Wednesday at BermudaOnion’s Weblog
- Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy
To run a meme, of course, expands the horizon from participating in them. That’s been my big leap on my blog.
The first step was to figure out how to put a link list on my blog. I liked the look and feel of the one on Weekend Cooking, so I always knew that was the one I wanted to use, but it took a Bloggiesta mini-challenge to get me to try Mister Linky for the first time.
With that skill in my pocket, I was in the right place at the right time to take over the meme that became Readers’ Workouts. Mari at Bookworm with a View started our Tuesday exercise check-ins but never intended it to be a permanent feature on her blog. I liked it so much that when she was ready to move on, I asked her if I could take it over. Every Tuesday, book bloggers and other readers report their exercise struggles and successes for mutual support and accountability.
The next big leap was to upgrade my Mister Linky account. That happened when I needed to preschedule a post because I was going to be away. The upgraded account lets me have multiple link lists open at the same time. Before, I had to close last week’s list so that I could open this week’s. For $5 a year, it was well worth it to save that extra step.
With the upgraded Mister Linky, I now had everything I needed to run a second meme.
Last year, we took our first trip to France. Before, during, and after, I read lots of books about or set in France. I also posted many of my photos from my trip. The Dreaming of France meme that Paulita runs each Monday at An Accidental Blog was really fun for meeting others with similar interests, many of whom had a lot more travel experience than I did. They were so helpful!
This year, we’re planning our first trip to England. I looked around for something like Dreaming of France to fuel my reading about Britain, but I didn’t find anything. After asking around during the March Bloggiesta, I decided to start one myself. Thus, was born British Isles Friday – a weekly gathering of posts about Great Britain, Ireland, and the six thousand smaller islands surrounding them. The first post was just after Bloggiesta and we’ve had a fun party each week since with book reviews, photos, histories, and more. I’ve learned so much!
We’d be happy to have you join us on Tuesday for Readers’ Workouts and Friday for British Isles Friday.
Have you started a meme on your blog?
Great post and awesome growth. I haven’t started a meme on my blog, but with Hurston&Hughes Literary Circle kicking off next week, I think I may try this for YA books. Thanks for the idea.
I so need to get in on the Readers Workouts! I’m doing the couchto5K with a group on Facebook but it would be a lot more fun to do it with some of my reading/blogging buddies!
I think starting a meme is a very brave thing to do. I mean what if no one joins? I’ve really enjoyed your British Isles one so far. Keep it up.
I think part of the secret is to be happy with a small number of participants. I have yet to get 0 participants, but I sometimes get only one. Me and one other is still a conversation, so I’m happy with that.
I need to figure out the Meme hosting things, including what linky I want to use since I plan to turn my Weekly TV Thoughts posts into a meme by September at the latest. Not sure if there will be enough interest before that since I don’t know how much summer TV people watch.
Those look like interesting memes. I’ll have to check some of them out.
I’ve not seen these memes before. I’ve found that I enjoy them more if I don’t feel obligated to do them every week. When I started to do them because I had something to share they became more enjoyable
Right now I neither participate in memes nor host one, since I just started blogging again in April. But, I would to get more involved with some memes! A lot of them look like fun and I like reading different bloggers’ takes on the subject.
I like how you’ve created and incorporated non-bookish memes into your blog. I used to do memes, but I’ve gotten away from them. I’d like to possibly do one again, if I can find one that’s still small and has a topic that I can commit to writing about every week without sounding repetitive. I like small memes best because it’s not very fun doing them when there are 100’s of participants. Not many readers and bloggers will visit that many blogs. Great post!
No I didn’t start a meme on my blog (yet lol). But one of big motivations when I started to blog were other memes. They are so fun to do. I especially love making top ten lists every Tuesday.
Great post on memes. We run our own meme as well, and it was a great experience to figure out how to start that up. I haven’t used Mr. Linky, but I use inLinkz and liked it well enough.
I think it’s cool that you started a few memes of your own. I haven’t dared do that yet because I’m not sure I’ll have much interest. I’d love to have one like TTT or FF, but that takes time and a lot of work, of course. 🙂 I admire you for starting your own.
I host The Friday 56. It was originally hosted by Storytime with Tonya and friends, but I was voted the torch going on 3 years ago. It’s a great way to discover new books and new blogs.
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We have tried a couple of memes. Our own have sort of crashed and burned, but I love the Monday meme with Sheila, and Top Ten Tuesday as well. Such a great way to approach the blogging horizon topiC!
I didn’t even think about running memes, Joy, but this is so true. It takes extra dedication to it to run one, not just participate in it.
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