Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Brief Words On Memes

Memes can be an excellent way to participate in the blogosphere. You meet new bloggers, and generate traffic and links. However, here are six points to consider before you decide to participate.

1 Participation in memes requires linking to others. Not just in your original post, but many times they require you to update with links back to all who participate. Read and follow the rules and decide if it's something you can commit to and keep up with.

2 Memes are (often smaller &/or temporary) communities, which means you'll also need to invest some time in reading the posts of others. Best results are seen when you post comments etc. The price you pay for traffic is the activity you put into them.

3 Memes can be fun ~ and a great way to inspire postings when your own blog muse has left or taken a nap. However, a blog which consists of only memes isn't a very fun blog to read. Even blogs with their own unique content may find regulars unhappy with such content. It's best to consider meme participation as a garnish or side dish, not the main course of your blog. (A good rule of thumb would be no more than 20% of your posts be meme posts.)

4 Not all memes are welcoming to adult (or even risqué) bloggers. While some of them might be fun for you to participate in, and your readers might even enjoy your responses/participation, if the regulars or meme host/owner dislikes your participation, you'll end up with more ill-will than positive results.

5 Because you'll be sharing your traffic, look over the other posts and participants. Are they worthy of sending your readers too?

6 Memes, like most anything else, require some time and nurturing. New memes can take time to build traffic (and a good reputation). Ditto on your participation. The converse is also true: Sometimes, a new meme or new 'player' will be all the buzz and then, just as quickly, become yesterday's news. So be prepared for fluctuations (and if it's neither fun nor a traffic boost, reconsider the meme's advantages).

Have thoughts and recommendations for memes? Please, post them as comments!

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Anonymous Edward Wolf said...

I was rather hoping you would suggest a meme tolerant of adult sites. Perhaps starting one would be a good marketing tool. There are thousands of "adult" blogs out there.

June 20, 2007 6:43 AM  
Blogger SlipOfAGirl said...

Hey Edward,

I suggest and recommend TMI Tuesdays like me (shameless link to own posts lol)

I'm not as 'adult' as some sites (more risque than porn), but they sure have been welcoming!

Also, Gracie did just start one at BLJ -- or maybe that was a one-time meme? I don't know, but it was fun. ;)

June 20, 2007 8:07 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

Sugasm is recommended. Some might not call the 'gasm a true meme as it's not on a theme, and may consider it more like a carnival with one permanant host. But as it's viral, participatory, designed for bloggers, and works with the tips mentioned above, I'd include it as a (quasi) meme.

June 20, 2007 8:44 AM  
Blogger Silent-Porn-Star said...

My blog really isn't about me. That makes the meme thing difficult...

If folks here were interested in a collecting meme, of an adult nature, or a vintage porn/pinup/pulp themed one, I'd be happy to make one up. I just would hope for more than like one other participant...

June 21, 2007 9:12 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

SPS, I'm sure SK would play ;)

June 21, 2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger SlipOfAGirl said...

Thought I'd also mention Half-Nekkid Thursdays, should anyone be interested in that.

I'd play along with Silent's meme... Really!

June 21, 2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Kristina said...

Can you please define ehat a Meme is for me? Thanks.

June 22, 2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

Hi Kristina & welcome :)

A meme is defined here, and sepcifically, we're talking Internet memes.

And a small example is here. A larger example is (which is not for adults). And look at the others linked in the comments here too.

Basically, you're just participating in a larger, more organized conversation.

June 22, 2007 10:30 AM  

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