How to Make Memes Interesting
There is a lot of talk about the book blog-o-sphere about memes and their place in a book blog. Some of the general advice I’ve seen repeated many times is:
- Don’t do too many memes
- Original content will always be better than a meme
- Memes are a good way to get pageviews/new visitors
- Memes can help lessen the pressure of posting every day
Now, I generally agree with these sentiments but I think that there are a couple of different breeds of meme posts:
- Posts where you just grab a book cover/flip to a page/give a short answer
- Posts where you spend a fair amount of time compiling a list/finding a perfect quote/writing out a paragraph or two
These two different types of post can really be for any meme out there. I can’t think of any meme that couldn’t have a response post in one of the two categories. This is good news! It means that you can make any meme a more interesting and involved post!
I love reading meme posts of the second type. I love reading people’s reasoning for why they chose the Top Ten Tuesday books that they did, or why they are excited about a particular book for Waiting on Wednesday.
I am rather bored and tired of seeing posts that are literally only the books chosen with ABSOLUTELY no reasoning behind them.
Let’s be clear, I’m not saying that these are bad or that you shouldn’t do them (or that I won’t do this when I’m tired but still want to get something up), BUT if you are wondering how to get more comments on your meme post, writing more about your reasoning might be something to try. Especially when you suspect some of your readers might not have heard of the books you are featuring. If there is no text and I don’t have any strong opinions about the books listed, I have nothing to comment on D:.
Also, this is just a me being weird thing, but I’m not a huge fan of book blurbs being the only thing listed (like on a Waiting on Wednesday post). I might skim the blurb, but I would really rather read your own thoughts and excitement about the book. Telling me what specifically you are excited about (since maybe it’s that you like the author or the series in addition to the blurb being cool) helps me a lot!
Anywho, those are my completely subjective suggestions on how to make meme posts more interesting! Who knows, maybe if you start writing on a meme topic, you’ll realize you want to write a whole discussion topic on it as well :D.
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