Instead of the [other] questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
TOPIC: Book blog posting schedules and “original” ideas vs. memes
This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. I came across a post about how memes are less original than other types of posts. To an extent, this is true.. The point of memes are to get people talking and link up with other bloggers. Without memes, I wouldn’t know of some of the bloggers I’ve come to enjoy following. I started this blog with the intention of reviewing books and giving recommendation lists, without much of an idea of what book blogger sites actually look like. I started seeing these weekly meme posts on some blogs and thought it was such a cool idea to generate conversation, especially when you’re not sure of what to post. I quickly engulfed myself with five different weekly memes (one for each weekday). I never really consider it a chore to make these posts; I enjoy them. Sometimes it can be tedious but mostly it’s rewarding. Once I link up with others, I bring traffic into my blog and can talk with other bloggers. I can see what books they’ve added to their TBR list, what books they finished, and one some of their all-time favorites are. I don’t think that keeping up with weekly memes is unoriginal. Everyone curates their own lists and content for their posts. It’s not like everyone out there is responding with the same answers. I can see that it isn’t completely original because you’re relying on someone else to supply the topic, but you’re able to share your picks and get feedback – who cares why you’re talking about it as long as you’re talking! I decided to cut out one of my weekly memes because I didn’t enjoy the topics. Otherwise, I’ll keep up with my four other memes until I decide I don’t want them anymore. I don’t join these memes because I have no original ideas of my own – I join them to follow along with other people and see how others answer. Sometimes I feel like I post too much when I have 3 posts in one day, so I hesitate to create any more original posts on top of those and completely flood everyone’s feeds. Maybe my memes are holding me back in that way. I guess I just need to allow myself to do whatever I want – allow myself to skip a meme for a day if I can’t think of a good enough answer. My posting schedule consists of four weekly memes, a review every other day, and whatever bookish challenges I’m participating in. Generally, I will post 2 or 3 times per day. Once my 30 day book challenge is over, I’ll be down to 1 or 2 posts per day. Is this too much? Not enough? I’m curious about other people’s thoughts on this. I don’t often get annoyed by blogs posting too much. I think the one type of post that does bother me a little are cover reveals – just because that day I see the same book cover on countless blogs.
What do you guys think? Are memes unoriginal – the less memes the better? Do you like memes for the reasons I do? How often do you post? What kinds of posts are more annoying than others to see?