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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
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!