Getting The Most Out Of A Meme

If you don’t know what Thursday Thirteen is, it’s a “meme.” If that doesn’t tell you anything, a “meme” is basically a list of questions that gets passed around in the blogosphere. Some of them ask questions like, “What were you doing a year ago?” or “What are your top five favorite songs?” These get passed from blogger to blogger as they “tag” each other. Thursday Thirteen is a little different.

Here is the publicity from the Thursday Thirteen site:

“The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. What do you do? Write Thirteen things about yourself, summarize your week in one entry, make it easy for other bloggers to get to know you on a weekly basis. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments.”

There are a lot of memes rolling around on the World Wide Web. You can find one for any day of the week at The Daily Meme. In fact, a blogger could do a meme a day and never have to think of a topic!

There are several good reasons to find a meme and participate:

    1) You get the enjoyment of reading some posts that are hilarious and some that are highly informative.
    2) You can discover new favorite bloggers. I’ve found most of my on-line friends by participating in “TT,” as it’s called.
    3) It can generate traffic to your site, as the participants visit around.
    4) You can get valuable “links” to increase your Technorati ranking.

To get the most out of your meme experience, there are a few things you should remember:

    1) Put a little effort into it. Don’t just list thirteen things in your purse—tell why you have them. Don’t just list thirteen books you like—tell what they mean to you. Put some of your personality into the post, so people will want to come back. Seriously, I did a ridiculous post about bacon that someone submitted to Stumble Upon. In one day, over 3,000 unique visitors came to my site. That one post has gotten me nearly 10,000 hits. This was at a time when my stats were flatline, so it was greatly appreciated.
    2) DO visit other participants and leave a comment with your link. That’s how people find you (and don’t forget to go to the “blog hub” and leave a comment telling that you have posted).
    3) Before you comment and leave your link, actually read the post! I’m always amazed that there are some people so anxious to leave their links on everyone’s sites that they write the same thing on every blog, “Great post! Mine’s up.” Other people paste half of their own post into a comment box and move on. Guess what, this blogger doesn’t follow those links, and she deletes comments that are just promotion.
    4) The comments you make are important. An interesting comment can bring people to your site. I’ve had more than one regular reader tell me that they visited me the first time because of an intriguing comment on another post. Remember that “humor” doesn’t always translate on the internet, so if you are one who is prone to cynical humor, use smilies if they are available. If they are not available, simply type colon, dash, right parenthesis to indicate that you thought you were being funny.
    5) If you are putting a post on Thursday Thirteen, please make commenting easy. I’ve harped on it before. I’ll keep telling you. Make sure that “other” can comment on your Blogger site and don’t make me have to register to leave a comment. I have enough passwords to remember, thank you.
    6) Share the link love! If you find a post that delights you, “Stumble” it. Mention it and link to it. List several favorites that you found as you pitty-pattered around through the participants. You might be surprised to find people linking back to you. [UPDATE: I just found an article at Dawud Miracle you might want to read. It’s called The Single, Most Profound Way To Thank Your Commenters.]

That’s my take on it. I’d love to hear what YOU have to say. Raise your hand if you have something to add, or if you want to “shoot me down.”

  22 comments for “Getting The Most Out Of A Meme

  1. JAM
    May 24, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Great advice. I always feel cheated when someone leaves a “canned” comment on my T13, one that they obviously have written so that they can arrive and paste the comment on anyone’s blog.

    I get a little aggravated too, but I was hoping that it was just because they don’t know any better. Maybe they will catch on.~skt

  2. May 24, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Remember 1997-ish? Personal websites and guestbooks were all the rage. I wrote a post about it sometime ago on my blog . . . anyway . . . I’m still figuring out if I want memes in my archive. It seems a little faddish and I’m more into the writing content that comprises a blog. Nonetheless, you are living proof that talented writers do memes (as is my sister-in-law over at All Rileyed Up Anyway . . . the jury is still out for me on several pop culture/blog items: ie; twitter, blog catalog, mybloglog, I could go on and on and on. Thanks for your post today though, it helps me gather more information. you’re the best! 😉 😉

    I’ve slept since 1997…but actually, I barely knew how to write an e-mail then. I agree that you probably don’t want to many memes on your blog, but I think you could use the Thursday Thirteen to your advantage. It will work with your subject matter. No…YOU’RE the best :lol:~skt

  3. May 24, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Excellent advice! I always feel I get much too long-winded on my TT’s but it’s me so what are you going to do.

    Don’t talk to ME about long winded…Joy, I can’t shut up! 😆 ~skt

  4. May 24, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Excellent post! I have read the instructions to remove No Follow, but they were confusing. However, I believe in doing this, so after reading your post, I am motivated to figure it out!

    I think it’s worth the effort to reward people who comment…it gets more interaction on your site. Thanks for stopping by.~skt

  5. May 24, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Well, well, your timing is great. I had promised to remove no follow, procrastinated, followed your link in number 6, followed their link, and removed it from one blog. . . and it was EASY. . . so much easier than it looks, could it be I am getting the hang of it, I actually figured out something else the other day. Thanks again for the push, now on to the others. 😎

    It just seems like a good idea to do. It’s hard enough to gather links for Technorati’s popularity contest. If we can make it easier for folks, I think it’s great.~skt

  6. May 24, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    great post! mine’s up, too! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Sorry I couldn’t resist!!!

    Jessica The Rock Chick

    You are bad, aren’t you! 😈 Since you are YOU, I’ll probably drop by before I conk out. A “cold bug” has bitten me and medication is about to get me~skt

  7. dew
    May 24, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    This was an encouraging post, because I’m new to blogging and new to the TT meme, but I think I’ve been following most of your advice already.

    I have a routine for my TTing. First, I do my post and comment at the blog hub. Then I go and read all the other TT posts until I run out of time. Then, the next day, I visit all the people who commented on my post (I ignore my mister linky!). I do that the next day because that gives me a chance to see what they usually write about. It gives me a much better idea about their blog than the TT post usually does, you know? And that’s how I’ve found a lot of people I read every day now!

    Smart thinking, dew. Sounds like you figured it out on your own. I don’t even have to put mr linky on my site, and am grateful for that.~skt

  8. May 24, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Great post. I went to the site you recommended and removed the “rel=’no follow’. I didn’t have a clue. Another thing when people want to be dugg or stumbled. They need to make it easier. Just a thought. Great post! 😀

    I’ve seen a lot of articles about the “do-follow” but that one was the most eloquent. Yeah, we should probably make it easier to stumble folks, but I have a toolbar on the top of my screen and can stumble anything I see. Y’all tell me you want to be stumbled!!~skt

  9. May 24, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Nice post. But, I think I broke all your rules this time.

    😆 They aren’t “rules,” Shauna…they are “strong suggestions.” It’s OK. And, I liked your list of movies.~skt

  10. May 24, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    YES! YES! YES!

    If I cannot comment w. something other than great list, I don’t. I don’t visit as many 13’s as I like, because I try to actually read someone’s 13. We put a lot of effort into those posts, ya know?

  11. Jen
    May 24, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    As always a timely post. Is it my imagination or are the tt13s becoming more creative? Or are we just going to the ones that we enjoy?

    Tired tonight, but will do the follow thing tomorrow. All is good on the parental home unit, dad is home.

  12. Dawn
    May 24, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you so much for clearing up something I felt to stupid to ask about. I only knew the term ‘meme’ as a socio-biology term from gradual skool, and felt certain everyone was talking about something else. Like “ME! ME!” (I have children :twisted:) Now that you have edumucated me about meme’s, I realize they really ARE the same thing
    Now if only someone will tell me what TT is…I have children, and I DON’T think this one is the same thing as tee, tinkle, and pee ❗

  13. May 24, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Just dropping back in to say Amen, sister. I’m a TT addict, and I’m darn proud of it.

    It’s an addictive meme alright! Glad you dropped in~skt

  14. May 24, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Thats a good list, thanks!

    Thanks for visiting.:lol:~skt

  15. jen
    May 24, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Good points! I know I’m bad about leaving comments and then wonder why no one comments on mine. Need to work on that…

    It’s hard to remember to comment sometimes, because you see a link and follow, which leads down another path….:lol:~skt

  16. LC
    May 24, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    I’m very new to all of this and really appreciate the good advice. Theres a nervousness and excitement at getting involved in the Thursday Thirteen but so far I’ve been pleased. Thanks again –

    It will get easier as it goes along. Some days its a challenge, but it’s one that I like. Thanks for visiting~skt

  17. May 24, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the great info! The entire post was really very informative for me. I followed a few of your links and was curious about the whole Google Juice, so I’ve gotten on board with all that link loving. Then I went ahead and posted a note to my readers telling them where they can find the info too.

    You’ve done a great job with getting the word out! I hope others “do-follow” so to speak! :grin:~skt

  18. Michelle
    May 25, 2007 at 1:50 am

    I totally agree, I wish more “mom bloggers” or “women bloggers” or “parent bloggers” or whatever label you can use to describe the majority of bloggers I frequent would use those social bookmarking tools like stumbleupon.

    Especially since there is a category for that, Michelle! Do we need to stand on a soapbox? I don’t really want to put that stumble thumb on each post.~skt

  19. May 25, 2007 at 3:50 am

    I’ve decided to do TT for my regular readers only. My reasons are plenty, but mostly from time lost surfing and commenting. I’m a stay-at-home mom with limited time during the day to surf or post.

    I agree with #3. My comments are just as important as a post. A writer has standards you know! 😛

    I’m not changing from blogspot, which means signing into Google for you. I sure hope you still visit now and again. If you’re not commenting, I know that at least you’re lurking!

    If you feel so inclined vote for me, Top Momma. Yes, I have to ask and you’ll see the shameless plea posted on Thursday.

    Miscellaneous Matters

    I do come and lurk, but the last few weeks have been hectic and I haven’t been commenting much. I’ll come by and vote Top Momma.~skt

  20. May 25, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for the link love.

    The post you listed of mine really made a difference in my blog’s growth. I would comment on sites I like and people would start recognizing me and stop by. But if I was just posting Dawud, or dmiracle (which I began with), there would be much less name recognition. So when commenting, select a name that sets you apart from other commenters. Brand yourself.

    You are so right. I never put “Shelly” as a signature, because there are a bunch of them out there. Your “brand” is certainly distinctive!~skt

  21. May 25, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Hi Shelly,

    You were the fist person to vist my blog and leave a comment (flutters eyelids) and that was a direct consequence of TT (wipes tear from eye).

    You are so right about this – and I am duly scolded (smiles sheepishly).. My list was 13 books and I have thirteen seperate reasons why I love them but I kept them ALL to myself (frowns and shakes head like naughty school boy). I promise to do better next time (perky puppy dog smile).

    Brought to you with good humour (hey that’s the way I spell it!) and added sarcasm (only a little bit).

    Grins, bows, exits stage left.

    How come y’all spell humor so strangely? 😆 I wasn’t fussing at you…ewe don’t have to be sheepish.~skt

  22. May 25, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Nicely done! You give great advice! I am one that really dislikes those generic comments…at least act like you read my post!! 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    That’s pretty much how I feel about it, too! You have a good weekend yourself~skt

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