BAPC: Memes and More Memes

Oh look, my first late BAPC post! Let’s blame it on NaNo. I’m happy to do that. I’m blaming NaNo for a few things… My overdosing of cake and cookies, hand cramping, lack of sleep, and now my lateness with blogs. Of course there’s more awesome things, luckily! Anyway, here’s my post. In future, remember you don’t have to wait for mine to go up. Get yours out when you’re ready!

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BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14

Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here.

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Memes and More Memes: Be honest, what’s your opinion on blogging memes and has it changed since you’ve begun blogging?

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I’m half and half on memes. In some ways I believe they are negative. Depending on the meme they can take away from readership with the lack of content, which also takes away from the quality of the blog. I have stopped reading blogs when their blog is overrun with basic memes. I believe it helps having a few basic posts here and there, they give you a break from coming up with content and save you time when you don’t have much left for blogging, but when that’s all there is it can be frustrating for readers.

Then of course it depends on the blogger and the host. It’s one thing to have a meme-host who doesn’t encourage positivity and is not discouraging toxic behaviour, but hosts can’t control everyone who takes part in their memes. There’s bloggers out there with bad attitudes. Fortunately, in my experience, the positive bloggers outnumber the negative ones, but that doesn’t mean bloggers with bad attitudes and a tendency to bully don’t exist. They can ruin it for the rest of us, which is one problem, and the emotional harm they can inflect on others with thoughtless words can lead to horrible consequences.

I love memes like the Book Blogger’s Confession where discussion was encouraged, but bullying and targeting was frowned upon. That meme offered not only a way for bloggers to connect and lighter attitude to certain topics of discussion, but offered content for readers to be able to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above and beyond basic memes myself. I have them too, my book trailers meme and features are my basics (the latter isn’t easy to put together though), but I love memes bringing about added content and being able to give readers food for thought.

I used to love taking part in list memes like Top Ten Tuesdays, and answering questions from Booking Through Thursday, but I got bored. I have to mix it up after a while anyway. There’s only so many questions and topics you can do before they begin to feel the same, my memes are vulnerable to this fact as well, and having them in list form for me gets too old too fast.

I will try new memes, but now I am far more selective and try to think long term rather than following my whims like I used to when I first began blogging.

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If you’re yet to join in, you can do so! If you don’t want to, you’re still welcome to share here in the comments.

One thought on “BAPC: Memes and More Memes

  1. I think they are fun to do and to read if you are doing them. If you’re not participating in Booking Through Thursday yourself, then reading Booking Through Thursday posts is not very interesting.

    While I used to do several memes, I now only do Sunday Salon and that only when I have something to say. I think you’re right that they help you generate content when you don’t really have anything to write about, but after a while they become content you generated when you didn’t have anything to write about.

    I’m happier now that I’m only blogging when I have something to say.

    Finally, I’ve never had a negative experience with memes, myself. I guess it’s out there, but I’ve always found the people who write them and comment on them to be a very friendly, well-behaved group.

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