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.”