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Blogging Memes

Updated on September 24, 2014

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You know how writers sometimes suffer from writer's block? Well bloggers sometimes suffer from blogger's block.

Memes are formulaic templates that bloggers can use to provide fun and / or interesting content on their blogs when they feel they do not have a creative nugget of inspiration left in their bodies for days sometimes weeks on end.

This lens highlights the best ways to use a meme on your blog.

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The Meme Journal

For those who do not blog

If you do not blog but you have journals all over your house then you will probably like memes.

Memes are great for journals too. You might even want to start a new journal just for memes.

Talk about a great keepsake about yourself that is easy to read and enjoy.

Introduce the Meme

Always introduce your meme before you begin; especially if it is a short one. Let your readers know where it came from. Why you chose to do it... not, because you had nothing else; why did this particular meme strike a cord with you. That kind of thing.

It does not have to be a long introduction. Just something to show you are present and put some more thought into the post other than the answers to the questions.

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Sample Blogging Meme

Momental Books

Copy and paste into your blog and change comments to your own answers. Use the title of this meme in your subject line or create your own. Feel free to tag your friends or not. A link back to this lens would be appreciated.

Write about five books that left a lasting impression from five different times of your life (or more if you've lived longer). Don't limit yourself to the "best books ever". Books can leave an impression for other reasons. This meme was inspired by A Diary of a Mad Mammy.

First Book Read to Me - Brother's Grimm Anthology

My mother use to read to me nightly when I was a wee tot from an old anthology of the Brothers Grimm (no wonder why I'm so warped). My favourite stories included Snow White, Jack in the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Girl Without Hands. It was not uncommon for me to force her to read "just one more". This is strangely one of the only times I remember my mother acting like a mother.

First Book I Coveted - The Story of Ferdinand

This was the first book I remember buying. It was from one of those grade school book club catalogues they passed out in grade 2 or 3. It was so much fun to order and have the books delivered. Ferdinand was my favourite. I re-read it numerous times and was especially sensitive to the bull. This is one of the items that disappeared from my favourite childhood stock that I often thought about replacing. I actually replaced it a few years ago. I smile every time I think of this book.

The Teen Years - The Chronicles of Amber

For some reason, shortly after grade five I stopped reading books for fun. I would only read when forced to. Then one day I came across Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber. He introduced me to an alternate plane where the princes and princess of Amber struggled for their survival. I was hooked on this series and read it all within a few weeks. I was incredibly pleased with myself and immediately went on to more difficult reads (Gorillas in the Mist, Cry Freedom). I still have my original collection which I always swear I will re-read.

The Roaring Twenties - The Celestine Prophecy

In my twenties, I was searching for answers. I had never really been a religious person despite having an Irish Catholic mother, but had always leaned more towards a "New Age" way of thinking. When my friend Alba introduced me to the Celestine Prophecy it stuck. I liked the concepts it delivered and could relate to the protagonist's emotional quandaries. It also appealed to my penchant for a good mystery.

The Thirties - One for the Money

My sister-in-law bought me a book called One for the Money by Janet Evanovich for my birthday. I never would have bought it for myself but since it was a gift I decided to give it a try one weekend. I had no idea that it would turn into an obsession. I'm currently on my twelfth book in what is termed the Stephanie Plum series, the ongoing saga about a female bounty hunter and the crazy people in her life. They are quick easy reads filled with tension, a good mystery, murder, mayhem and a whole lot of laughs. I'm usually able to finish in three days which is a record for any book I've ever read.

Tagging

Say What?

Think of grade school when you ran around the playground trying to catch some one so it would then be their turn to run around chasing.

Tagging when it comes to memes is pretty much the same idea. Except you type out a name and the person decides whether they want to follow through with the tagging.

Some people attach some horrible warning like: "If you do not do this your house will fall on you". But that is just tacky and takes the whole enjoyment out of memes.

I usually either say nothing about tagging or I say something along the lines of, "I won't tag anyone but if you feel the urge, go for it and leave a link in the comments."

Whatever you decide is up to you. It is your blog after all, you make the rules.

100 Word Challenge

A Long Term Commitment Kind of Meme

I started this one on my myspace blog because I just could not think of anything to do over there. The initial post involves making a random list of 100 words. Over the next 100 posts (you can blog about other stuff in between) you take a word from the list (in order) and blog about it.

I put a link at the bottom of each post to the original post so if someone randomly ends up on any page they can learn all about what I am doing on the original post.

I am still working through the list so I will probably have fodder for the rest of the year.

Use the title of this meme in your subject line or create your own. Feel free to tag your friends or not. A link back to this lens would be appreciated.

Sample Blogging Meme

How I Travel

Copy and paste into your blog and change comments to your own answers. Use the title of this meme in your subject line or create your own. Feel free to tag your friends or not. A link back to this lens would be appreciated.

How old were you when you first travelled?

I didn't have my first big trip until I was 16.

What is your favourite form of travelling: car, bus, train, or plane?

Definitely train. In the observation car.

Where did you go on your first road trip?

I didn't have my first road trip until I was almost twenty. A boyfriend and I drove to Brandon, Manitoba so he could compete in firefighter testing. He passed!

Where did you go on your first bus ride?

When I was 16, on the way home from Winnipeg the train we took was waylayed and we had to take the bus. It was horrible, probably the longest eight hours of my life.

Where did you go on your first train ride?

I went with my best friend to Winnipeg, Manitoba to visit her sister. It was a blast. We went the whole way in the observation car. Beautiful!

Where did you go on your first plane ride?

When I was about twenty I went to T.O. with a handicap woman I was working with. Worst mode of transportation in the world.

Motion sickness? Treatment of choice?

Motion sickness all the time. Gravol is my friend (ginger works pretty good too).

Where would you like to go that you haven't been?

So many places. So little time and money. My top three places:

* Ireland

* Scotland

* New Zealand

Where would you like to go back to?

I would like to go back to the East coast and spend some more time on the Cabot Trail.

Travelling alone or with someone?

With one other someone. More than that is too complicating and tiring.

Your ultimate travelling dream?

Going across Canada first class by train with a private car, food service etc.

"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works."

~Virginia Woolf

Photos to Blog About

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By Lauren Nelson, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/lulieboo/3254359497/)By Melissa O'Donohue, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/melle_oh/3357623526/)By Milena Mihaylova, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/minchki/4253128333/)By Mahender G, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/gmahender/4134762382/)By Marxchivist, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/tom1231/273579455/)
By Lauren Nelson, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/lulieboo/3254359497/)
By Lauren Nelson, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/lulieboo/3254359497/)
By Melissa O'Donohue, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/melle_oh/3357623526/)
By Melissa O'Donohue, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/melle_oh/3357623526/)
By Milena Mihaylova, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/minchki/4253128333/)
By Milena Mihaylova, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/minchki/4253128333/)
By Mahender G, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/gmahender/4134762382/)
By Mahender G, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/gmahender/4134762382/)
By Marxchivist, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/tom1231/273579455/)
By Marxchivist, flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/tom1231/273579455/)

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Change It Up!

Meme's are not carved in stone. When you are posting to your blog you can follow the meme as it was written or alter it as necessary. Some changes you might want to consider:

  • Change or add to the title.
  • Correct any spelling or language mistakes.
  • Take out any questions you don't like. This is not to be mistake for tough questions. Some times answering tough questions is a good writing exercise.
  • Add a few of your own questions for a more complete picture of fuller representation of you.

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      TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens. Thank you.

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      simplyoasis 4 years ago

      Loved your lens!! I used to participate in a few weekly meme's but they've all since disappeared =(

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't know much about memes but they seem interesting.

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      Suko 4 years ago

      This lens is WONDERFUL!! I have a Memes Page for book bloggers on my own book blog, Suko's Notebook.

      :)

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      RationalHedonist 4 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas! Great lens!

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Interesting!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @violetteb: Thanks Violette.

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      violetteb 4 years ago

      Thanks for your Blogging Memes lense. I've shared it with my readers in a recent article at Blogs & Social Networking at BellaOnline.

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      MGuberti 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for the amazing info!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for trying to inspire us!

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      JoeSteinbeck 5 years ago

      Wow, tons of memes in blogs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey Meme! Very creative idea for a Squidoo blog. You have inspired something in me, just not sure what will come of it yet. Thanks!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      VERY helpful information...I am going to be back to take an even closer look...have been trying to learn about meme's, and appreciate what you have here......blessed by the Diet and Nutrition Angel who's taking a little break to explore a bit about blogging:-)

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I wasn't familiar with Memes. Now I know what they are. Interesting

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Great fun! I enjoy blog memes and blog hops and participate in several within my four blogs. Lensrolled to my Blog Hop Along lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Squidoo. Very interesting and enjoyable to read. Chris

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am a chronic sufferer of writers block as well as bloggers block. This lens' gonna help me a lot. Thanks for sharing. Found it very unique and useful.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have to confess I'd never heard of memes. I have made this a favorite to come back to, and blessed it with a Cupid Kiss.

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      Fantastic memes to use to spur me on ... err, I mean inspire me as I blog. Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      Nice to see you again - had to stop by and give you more Cupid Kisses - Love all of these Meme's will let you know when I decide to use one of them.

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      LakeMom 6 years ago

      Great ideas! Can't wait to try some on my blog: www.Surviving Motherhood with Humor.com.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi -

      I'm Judd Corizan. On Sundays we do Sunday Stealing (http://sundaystealing.blogspot.com) where each week we rip of a great meme from someone's blog. we give full credit to the blogger and usually have 40 to 60 participants. We saw your participation in this meme and thought you might like to try ours. Some weeks we have had had over 80 players on some weeks. Players visit each otherâs posts. Many a good friend can be made! J We post always by 3 PM (EST) a day in advance. This weekâs edition is already posted!

      You are officially invited to join in! Happy Holidays!

      Judd Corizan

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      Gail47 7 years ago

      Another fascinating lens. If I have already visited this site - the memory dims over time - I am glad I found it again. Thanks for providing another great way to prompt us to write.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      What an interesting concept! Blogging memes -- I find I have so many different ideas but not enough time or energy to do them justice. It feels like a movement when I do a blog post. ;)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi from a former BellaOnline editor (feng shui) thanks for the great writing tips. I used your travel meme on my blog http://suspendedsoul.worpress.com.

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      jura 8 years ago

      Great information for new webies like me great lens.

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It's well done. 5 *****'s and a favorite!

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      Tammy Winand 8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      ah HA! I have discovered the meaning of "meme"! EUREKA!

      great idea for getting repeat visitors btw! 5* and bookmarked

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      Gail47 8 years ago

      What a fantastic lens and the memes are so creative. Looking forward to trying them. Def. a five star lens!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments on my blog. I am excited about the giant squid date coming up!

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      TheLeftFitz 9 years ago

      Thanks so much for all the great ideas! I'm always looking for new memes to share with friends on LiveJournal, and it was fun reading your answers.

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      Jen Maskill 9 years ago

      WOW I am definitely bookmarking this. I get blogger's block all the time and frequently do memes. They are quite often linked to Doctor Who lol.

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      BlessedOne 9 years ago

      Great info here. I'm favoriting, so I can refer to when I'm running dry on ideas for my blogs. 5 stars and thanks for sharing!

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      I had to favorite this lens just so I can use some of your great ideas next time I get writer's block! You are awesome.

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      This is really a wonderful lens...I'm going to refer to it often. I'll let you know when I've used a meme.

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      Sensitive Fern 9 years ago

      Amazing! I hadn't thought about memes like this, in fact I thought they were something else entirely. Interesting! And my Goth name is too good not to share: Black Binky. 5*

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      Wow. You have packed a wonderful amount of great information in here. I love it, and I know I'll refer back here.

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      Winter52 LM 9 years ago

      Love your rule of seven... I'm going to use that on some of my lenses... and yes, I'm going to leave you some stars as a thank you for the idea. :)

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Enjoyable reading!

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