Blog memes are a lot of fun, because you get to see what other bloggers are reading/looking forward to/thinking about, depending on the meme. They’re also great for meeting new bloggers and starting conversations. I enjoy them even when I don’t actively participate!
I participate in two weekly memes: Top Ten Tuesday, sponsored by the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish, and The Sunday Post, sponsored by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Top Ten Tuesday is exactly what it sounds like: Each Tuesday, you list your top ten picks in the category of the week. For instance, last week’s TTT was “Best Sequels Ever.” The Sunday Post is for recapping the past week (blogging and real life, if you wish), perhaps giving a heads-up on the week to come, and sharing books you’ve acquired, whether for review, free, or purchased. Here’s mine from last Sunday, to give you an example. (Not everyone’s Sunday Posts are as long as mine — but some are.)
I’m familiar with several other book blog memes: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (self-evident); Teaser Tuesday (where you post a sentence or excerpt from what you’re reading); Waiting on Wednesday (for books you’re looking forward to), Friday Favorites (spotlight a favorite book, author, series, blog, etc.); Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday (for sharing books you’ve acquired). Some of them look like fun, and I enjoy reading other bloggers’ posts when I come across them, but the plain fact is, I have all I can do to keep up with the two I participate in now! I also run a weekly Saturday feature (not a meme) on my blog called News & Notes, which takes a fair bit of time to put together each week. So I can’t see myself joining another meme on a regular basis.
Which brings up an interesting quandary, because here I am participating in the Book Blogger Hop this week! All I can say is, I like the questions, and the fact that it’s more about getting to know the blogger sets it apart from most of the other memes. I can see myself participating on an occasional basis. I do worry about overcommitting, so I’m not going to jump in every week. I’m also giving myself permission to drop Top Ten Tuesday on any week that the category just doesn’t resonate with me. After all, blogging is supposed to be fun, not a chore!
Incidentally, there’s a good list of book blog memes at Bookshelf Fantasies if you’re looking for memes to follow or participate in.