i have realized that memes have become more and more popular today. every week, i see at least one top ten tuesday and waiting on wednesday (i even started writing WoWs too).
if you don’t know what a meme is, it’s a weekly/monthly feature hosted by a certain blog in which other bloggers participate and talk about a certain theme/a certain book. for example, top ten tuesday is a weekly meme where bloggers make a list of books with a theme (top ten books you’ve recently loved, top ten releases you’re looking forward to etc etc). waiting on wednesday is also a weekly meme where bloggers talk about upcoming releases they’re excited to get. the host of the meme leave a link up form at the end of his/her post, and participants add their name and the link to their post, that way each participant can see other participants posts.
anyway, i guess you understood the main idea of what a meme is. it seems like a really fun thing to do, right? i approve, it’s really fun, talking about books we love and excited to read and get to share our opinions and discover new blogs, it’s really amazing and fun, but is it original? for example, let’s take top ten tuesday. every week, there’s a different theme/subject to post about, right? but didn’t you notice that all the top ten wednesday posts are kind of…similar? most of the time, everyone talks about the same books (usually the most known ones).
it’s not just the posts that are similar, the subjects (or themes) are repetitive most of the time, but each time formulated in a new way. that’s why i quickly get bored of memes. i mean, i’m really liking waiting on wednesday at the moment, but i’ll get bored of it in one or two months, and stop making them. and isn’t the whole purpose of having your own blog being original? making your own thing? not having the same kind of posts? which leads me to the following question: do memes equal originality?
it’s true that the idea of sharing a list of books about a subject, knowing other people’s opinions about it, and discovering new blogs etc., is really original. it is a wonderful way of connecting bloggers and readers, and finding something to talk about. but won’t we, bloggers and readers, get tired of talking about the same things over and over again?
what do you think of memes? do you think it’s original? why or why not?