Not a week goes by I don’t get tagged for a blogging meme. I used to meme with gusto and tag in return, but I had to stop. It got to the point where I had to wonder if they weren’t sucking up too much time and if my readers really cared whether I drive a black car or how I didn’t learn to drive until I was in my late 30’s. Here’s why I don’t meme:
Memes Take Time
I just don’t have the time to respond to everyone who tags me for a blogging meme. This might go back to my being a lazy blogger, but at this stage of my game, I’d rather post good relevant content to my blogs and bring in the masses that way. Since the people who tag are usually people in the blogger’s’ own circle, memes don’t generally bring in more traffic anyway.
Memes are Selfish
I enjoying adding personal anecdotes and amusing stories into my blog, but memes are selfish. I don’t want it to be all about me. I feel it gets boring and readers don’t respond well when it’s all about me.
Readers Don’t Always Get It
How confusing would it be to come to a blog for information on saving money only to read "5 Reasons I’m Like a Rhinoceros?" Granted, that’s a really silly meme but most memes are off topic. If I was a first time visitor and came across a meme post at my blog Simply Thrifty, for example, I might not be inclined to come back. If I was a regular reader, I might get bored at all the memes and wonder why can’t discuss coupon clipping, recycling and my DIY fence project.
Not all memes are off topic, but it’s my feeling those who want to establish themselves as authorities in their topics need to lay off the memes – or at least relegate them to a personal blog.
Memes Are too Personal
I don’t enjoy reading many memes for the same reason I don’t like writing them. They’re too personal. I know my readers know a lot about me because I do use personal stories to illustrate a post, but I also believe there’s such a thing as too personal. I know other bloggers feel differently but I don’t want to throw out information about my home town, my husband and son’s names, and other bits of information. I don’t feel it’s safe in this day and age to release too many personal details. Besides, who cares how many kids I have or whether or not I breastfed?
Do You Meme?
Do you meme? If so, do you notice a difference in traffic? How are the comments – are the only people participating the ones who are involved in the meme or do you get a positive response from all your readers. Am I the only meme grouch out there?