Pros and Cons of Weekly Blogging Memes
Blogging memes such as Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday have always been popular in the book blogging world. On those days, a ton of bloggers participate. As a newbie blogger, I joined in some as well, and enjoyed writing those posts. Until about a month ago, I posted them regularly. Now, I don’t post them at all.
You might be wondering, what’s a meme? It’s a weekly or monthly feature hosted by a certain blog in which other bloggers participate and talk about a certain theme or a certain book.
Why? I became bored. I dreaded writing those posts. Why post something if you hate writing it? I quit.
I began thinking of those posts as filler content. I felt like all my lists were the same. I skipped over others’ lists, because as YA bloggers, we like and are excited for a lot of the same books, so I felt like I was reading the same list over and over.
But they can be perfect! They are so fun to write, and I am in no way saying you are less of a blogger by posting them. The question is, are they for you?
Pros of Weekly Blogging Memes
1. They’re fun to write! As a list lover, at first I did enjoy writing ones such as Top Ten Tuesday.
2. You can get a lot of views on those posts because you link your post up on the creator’s website!
3. As a newbie blogger, they can be a great way to come up with post ideas and bring people to your blog.
4. When you’re stuck without a post idea before a day when a meme occurs, you can quickly write a post.
Cons of Weekly Blogging Memes
1. They can be filler content. They take less work than a regular blog post, and it can show.
2. All the lists start to look at least a little bit similar. Because we are mostly YA book bloggers, we read and are excited for a lot of the same books.
3. People may just skip over your list because they’ve seen so many already. I know that on days such as Tuesday or Wednesday, when popular memes happen, I avoid almost all the posts.
4. You can alienate non-bloggers! When the post topic isn’t just books and is something blogging related, it leaves out your reader followers.
5. You get a lot of comments like “Nice post! Check out my list.” They can get really annoying, and make you feel like no one cares about your actual list.
This is a kind of controversial topic, since so many bloggers love and post memes! I’m interested to hear your opinions, but please don’t be rude about it. This is just my opinion, and I tried to come up with ideas for each side.
What do you think of weekly blogging memes? Do you post them?
Thanks for reading!