Are Weekly Memes Overrated? | Rants & Rambles

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A few weeks ago, Geraldine over at Corralling Books wrote a discussion posts stating the reasons for why she rarely participates in Top Ten Tuesdays. I thought it was an excellent discussion and I agreed with her, for the most part. She totally hit the nail on the head with all her reasons and I started to wonder:

Are Weekly Memes Overrated?

Every Tuesday when I open my WordPress app, I know what to expect: Top Ten Tuesday posts EVERYWHERE! If I’m up late on a Monday night and scrolling through Twitter , I know that as soon as the clock strikes 12, my feed will be filled with Top Ten Tuesdays posts. Pretty much everyday of the week now has its own personal meme and I’ve gotten used to seeing them.

One of the reasons Geraldine stated for why she rarely participated in Top Ten Tuesdays was because it was repetitive and she has a point. I didn’t notice it before, but many TTT’s will consist of the same books and it kind of annoys me, especially since there are SO MANY more books out there, but usually only the popular books end up on TTT’s. How many times can I make the same comment about the same books? I get so frustrated when I can’t think of something thoughtful to say and then I just end up not commenting at all and it sucks and it is why I have also become more pickier when it comes to participating in memes. So if weekly memes are starting to lose their luster, why do we still take part in them? I think it may be because that weekly memes have become somewhat of a BLOGGING NORM and we’ve come to EXPECT these types of posts on certain days.

So while we may complain that these weekly memes have become somewhat of a routine, a tedious task of the sorts, the funny thing is that memes typically get the highest interaction on my blog stat wise. WHY IS THAT? Because like I stated, it has become a norm and even though most of these interactions may not be as genuine as we would like them to be, a conversation is still happening. So I guess there are some pros to everyone using the same books, haha.

I do however disagree with one of Geraldine’s points in her discussion and it is the fact that memes don’t bring about real friendships. I think that they DO because I have been lucky to have made many blogger friends through weekly memes and it’s one of the main reason I still continue to do them. Maybe this may not be the case for everyone, but if you put in the effort and leave thoughtful comments, others will do the same! Give it a try, IT WORKS!

I think that memes can also be very helpful for newbie bloggers who are trying to get themselves out there. The memes somehow bring us together and can be a stepping stone to creating relationships in this community. It may not necessarily be the best way to get yourself known, but you gotta start somewhere, right?


So to answer my own question, I DON’T think the weekly memes are overrated. Based on the numbers alone, the memes clearly have some type of value in this community and I don’t think they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon. So go ahead and schedule your TTTs and WoWs and whatever other memes there are, just maybe let’s try and be a little more thoughtful with our comments, yeah?

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

How do you feel about the weekly memes & do you think that they are overrated? 

Let me know in the comments!

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23 thoughts on “Are Weekly Memes Overrated? | Rants & Rambles

  1. Super interesting post! I haven’t done any weekly memes yet because I’m not sure I want to commit to something I might not necessarily be able to do! When I do something I wanna stick to it. 😂 I agree though that they’re great for new bloggers and they bring people together but it does seem to be a lot of the same books often! X

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  2. I like memes, I agree with you on the fact they do help build friendships. I know I’m looking forward to certain bloggers’ Wednesday posts. I look at them as weekly checks with genuinely nice people, as I don’t always have enough time during the rest of the week. We keep track of each others’ reads and reviews, and often talk about everyone’s choices. Also, it is useful to discover new bloggers who stop by and leave their links. I admit T5T are sometimes boring as it feels like the same books are mentioned over and over again.

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    • The WWW Wednesday meme is my favorite because I like keeping up with what others are reading and if I’ve read the book already, I can discuss the book in the comments with the blogger. They are definitely a great way to discover new blogs and motivate others to drop a comment, even if it’s on a blog you don’t visit regularly which is great!

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  3. I think weekly memes are amazing. Sure Tuesdays for me are insane because everyone participates and it clogs my feed, but at the same time, it’s the fastest and easiest way to find common ground with someone from an entirely different continent than you. I love the weekly memes I take part in and usually find new bloggers every week because of them. If the problem is repetitive content, I think that has to do with the blogger and not the meme. Maybe you follow people that read the same things, branch out and follow people who read different genres and maybe you’ll see different answers.

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  4. This is a great discussion post and really relevant!
    Though I can understand what Geraldine was saying, I still don’t think weekly memes are overrated and giving them the term overrated automatically gives them a bad image. Weekly Memes are great fun and they bring the book community together during the week to talk about bookish things. It keeps the community connected in a sense. I actually discover new books most of the time during TTT as it is sometimes an opportunity to promote an underrated book while using a popular meme.

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    • I agree with everything you said. Memes were one of the ways I discovered bloggers who had similar taste in books as me. I tend to read a lot of books written by indie authors and memes were how I found other bloggers who also read those books. There fun and I enjoy them, and while many others may become tired of them, I still believe that they are useful and they bring us together.

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      • Glad that you agree!
        Your point about finding people with different similar tastes is such a great point, but also you find people with other tastes which causes conversation which can only be a good thing, right?😊

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  5. Great topic! I really am not a fan of memes; I actually wrote a post about that a few weeks ago called “An Unpopular Opinion on Book Blogging.” I rarely click on memes to read those posts unless the person did a fun spin-off or something unique with it. That’s also the reason I don’t write them, because I don’t like reading them. I find them very boring and repetitive. However, as you said, they do have value and I understand why people participate: to interact with the community, to keep a focus or organization on their blog, etc. Just not my cup of tea.

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    • Totally understandable. The memes are not for everyone and they do require some commitment. Even though I’ve seen bloggers complain, we still posts them, haha.

      I’ve pushed back on TTT since I try not to use the same books over and over again. I get excited when I get comments where people say ‘I’ve never heard of these books before’ because at least I know they haven’t already read a similar thought on a previous posts. No one likes reading the same thing twice.

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  6. Great discussion post! I join in with a couple of weekly memes and I think they’re a great way to get to know other bloggers. It’s got me in the routine of commenting on blog posts more and now I often have regular conversations with people that I got to know through memes.

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    • The weekly memes have pushed me to comment more regularly as well. Now, I even have certain blogs that I will visit on a daily basis and comment and I’ve become close friends with some of these bloggers. The memes are great and I don’t think I will get tired of them.

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  7. The repetitiveness is a blessing and a curse, I’d say. Simple prompts like ‘books you’re excited for’ procure easy comments because people are [generally] stoked to explore new releases. But at the same time, it really is ‘same shit, different day’. I do stand behind TTT being an excellent tool for new bloggers to harness to gain traction though.

    I think the problem, as you’ve outlined briefly, is that the comments feel kinda disingenuous at times. I cannot count the number of times I’ve seen “nice list, here’s mine!” and I’m thinking ‘bye felicia’ — except not because I do try to comment back when possible. But I hope you know what I mean haha.

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    • I really don’t think memes are the issue, but rather it’s the way we use them to interact. I’ve had some instances where a blogger will just leave their TTT link & I’m like ‘did you even read my post?’ 😑. Interacting with others and putting in the effort to leave thoughtful comments is what helps grow your blog, the memes just give us the push we need to do so.

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