Meme Debt Monday: How Are You Managing Them?

Meme Debt MondayI’m not sure how it happened. But it did.

Somewhere along the way, I ended up in meme debt. Just like financial debt, it just sneaks up on you. The next thing you know, you’re way behind.

Tag, Tag, Tag, Tag…

I’d been tagged for a bunch of these blog memes. As I mentioned before, I’m never quite sure how to work them in.

I try hard to stay on topic. Since this isn’t a blog about blogging, many memes don’t really fit or provide anything of value to my readers.

Based on feedback, a good portion of my readers aren’t bloggers. Some didn’t even know what a blog was. They just saw this as a Website with some success tips, a little inspiration, and funny pictures.

On the flip side, I enjoy being part of the blogging community. It’s one of the main reasons I started blogging (another meme).

I also have found that many memes are very interesting to read on other blogs. They can provide some insight into the bloggers behind the page, and help add personality.

Be Selective and Find a Balance

As John Wesley listed in his “27 Lessons Learned…” post, which Darren Rowse added his comments:

Don’t participate in every meme or trade links with everyone who asks.” – Preach it brother! If you participate in every meme that comes your way (or every time you’re tagged) then you could find your blog goes so far off topic that you lose readership (not to mention your own focus). Be selective in what you participate in and choose those that have relevancy in terms of topic and add value to your blog.

I think this is the key — participating by being selective. Only jump on the meme train when the topic fits, and only on occasion. Otherwise your blog can become a blog just about blog memes.

Declaring Blog Meme Bankruptcy

So I realized that I won’t be able to go back and get caught up on all the blog memes. So I’m starting clean.

To be honest, it’s actually flattering to be tagged. It’s nice to know folks think about you. But to make sure I stay on topic, I can’t participate in every meme or take up every tag and run with it. So I’m going with John and Darren’s advice — be selective in what you participate in and choose those that have relevancy.

How Do You Handle Memes?

Now as a sort of meme of memes, I want to know how you handle them:

  • Do you have a policy?
  • Particularly if you’re a problogger or a business blogger — where you have a definitive reason to stay on topic — how do you participate?

I’m not tagging anyone, but I’d be very interested to hear your meme strategy in the comments or in your own post.