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Where I Hang Out Online: A Blogging Meme

Filed under: Blogging — by at 2:13 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2007

The blogoshpere’s version of playing “Tag” is known as a meme. According to the Wikipedia, biologist Richard Dawkins popularized the word meme, which refers to a “unit of cultural information” which can propagate from one mind to another. Dawkins’ examples of memes include tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, and clothes fashions.

With blogging memes, bloggers share trivial (or not so trivial) information and then pass it on by tagging other bloggers. In addition to being a seemingly silly game bloggers play, memes do have benefits:

  • discover new blogs,
  • further connect the blogoshpere, and
  • increase incoming links (also known as “link love”), which increases your blog’s ranking. (Hmm, maybe I’ll start a meme as an experiment to see what it does to my Technorati ranking).

Memes are truly grass roots and content driven, and have specific topics. Melody Thacker began this particular meme about where we hang out online. I have to:

  • Say who tagged me
  • Tell you where I hang out, and include links
  • Tag two other blog owners to keep this going; and you will discover new places to hang out online in the process
  • Add this post’s link to Melody’s “Mister Linky” at the bottom of her post

Professional Virtual Assistant Tracey Lawton tagged me for the “where do you hang out online” meme. Tracey kindly interviewed me during my “40 Blogs in 40 (Business) Days” virtual book tour and a follow-up interview is in the works.

Where I hang out depends upon the mood I am in and the type of information I am seeking at the time. I mainly hang out at blogs, like Pam Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation, Patrice-Anne Rutledge’s The Web Savvy Writer Blog, and Liz Strauss’ Successful Blogs. I also spend some time at MyBlogLog and a bit of time at Ziki.

I am now tagging freelance writer Harmony Cornwell and strategic planning Liz Strauss. You are it!

I have also been tagged by Anja Merret for the “gotta get goals” meme. That post will be forthcoming; I’m still pondering my goals!

Okay, now back to serious work.

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Comment by Melody

April 19, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

“Hmm, maybe I’ll start a meme as an experiment to see what it does to my Technorati ranking.” You read my mind Glenda! It’s also really interesting to see where people go and what they do online and a great way to discover new places.

Comment by Glenda

April 19, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Melody. One part of my brain is processing potential meme ideas; so much is being constantly processed and mulled over in there, it’s scary!

I’m wondering how Technorati views/ranks memes. I know it had a problem with the 2000 Bloggers project, and I hope I don’t come to regret being a part of that.

On the other hand, blogging isn’t necessarily about ranking and incoming links, although that is one way to measure whether or not a blog is successful. Blogging is also about creating quality consistently and building community. That will make the blog more successful in the long run, in my humble opinion.

Comment by Anja Merret

April 20, 2007 @ 1:14 am

Thanks for joining the Gotta get Goals meme.
If you are thinking how to increase your raking at Technorati, you might want to have a look at this site for some ideas. I was invited to this and it is quite an interesting exercise. Good luck if you start one yourself. And count me in to help you with getting it going.

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