What is a Meme and Why Participate?

This post is doing the rounds and I have to say, it’s a good idea to spread some link juice as well as to let other bloggers know a bit more about you.

My only problem with posts like this is they’re all similar if not exact copies of the original and as this is a long post, I’m a bit short of time to be tweaking it so the duplicate content alarm bells don’t start screaming over at Google.

So I’m going to cut it right down to size and give you the bare bones – I’m sure you’ll find more padded out info in a lot of other blogs! Ok, here goes:

What is a meme and how can one of these help you and other bloggers?

A memes in blogging terms (as that’s what we’re really concerned with here) is simply a list of questions that you answer and post in your blog. Someone else then sees it and does the same… and so on and so forth. Memes are viral in nature and are meant to propagate around the blogpshphere.

I was recently invited by Trent Brownrigg from Free Home Business Tips to join a new meme.

It was started only recently but has already spread to many blogs. Its starting to pick up with the snowball effect and has the potential to go absolutely hyper-viral by being posted on literally thousands of blogs – as long as the people who are mentioned in each blogger’s version of the meme keep it going by posting their own.

Here are the details of this particular meme…

First, you answer these five questions about the ONLINE version of YOU…

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
3. Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?
4. Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online.
5. Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world.

Then you “tag” several bloggers, including me. You then ask that they join in by spreading this meme on their own blogs.

When you’re done you just write a comment on this post with the link to your meme post so I can read your responses.

If everyone plays the game, this could easily end up all over the blogosphere. There is incentive to keep the meme going because we are all passing links to each other. We all win!

If you’re stuck on who to tag, just tag a blog that interests you or one you have learned from. This way you can get a link from that blog and also find out more about the owner.

If you want to join in and I didn’t tag you, just leave me a comment with your blog URL and I will add a tag to you as well.

Ok, here are my answers to the questions…

1. How long have you been blogging?

I started my first blog on the free Blogger system in December 2006. It was supposed to be about the live music scene here in southern Spain where I live and my own small part in things as the bass guitarist in the Mama Paula Blues Band. I was also teaching guitar at a local extra-curriculum music school and played acoustic guitar in a duo around some of the local bars.

2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?

I wasn’t really inspired, it just seemed like a good idea at the time and I thought I could make some money out of it with adsense. Well, my inexperience in that department got me swiftly kicked out of adsense and cost me dearly in future revenue once I discovered how to do it properly!

If I had to choose one person as my mentor, that person is Steven Wagenheim.

He’s not well known as a blogger, but in my early days of floundering around the internet marketing scene he was a prolific contributor to (among others) the WhyDoWork forum, which was the first one of its kind I joined and which saved me from making a whole lot more mistakes! I already had my own niche website up and running when Steve asked me to review his Secret Articles. It totally changed the way I viewed internet marketing and cut a swathe through all the other rubbish that I’d been listening to from other so-called experts.

Steve was then and still is now the Real Deal – a totally honest guy and extremely knowledgeable marketer.

3. Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?

I learned long ago whilst training to become a hypnotherapist never to TRY to do anything. The word try actually implies failure, so I avoid the word whenever I can and only use it when I’m after a specific outcome.

So my answer is “I am making money online – and I intend to make more”. And that, dear reader is all part of the fun of blogging. It’s the anticipation and the uncertainty whether a particular technique or crackpot idea that I come up with will yield no money, some money or a truckload of money. I’m still waiting for the truck…

4. Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online.

I love meeting people and socially networking

I love trying out my own ideas to see if they work – see the last answer!

I love writing in my blogs and checking the stats the next day and seeing the number of visitors ever increasing – which means people like my style of writing and I must be doing something right!

5. Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world.

I struggle to keep up with all the work I’ve made for myself by stretching myself rather too thinly over many websites, blogs and other projects. I have a chaotic mind that is permanently in create mode – which means I’m not happy unless I’m starting something new – which usually means I never get around to finishing anything!

I struggle with spammers – aside from all my blogs, I run a forum that gets these half-witted idiots signing up every hour of every day hoping that I might forget they tried to sign up yesterday from the same IP address and let their latest attempt slip through the very tight net. Not a chance!

I struggle with time, my greatest friend and greatest enemy. Because of a chaotic mind, my work schedule is haphazard and I often fly off from what I’m doing on crazy tangents, which cost me more time than I can often afford.

But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

People who like to organise their working day with software organisers, time management systems and suchlike are welcome to them. If it works for them, that’s great.

They absolutely do not work for me. They stifle my creativity by sectioning my work load and forcing it into time slots. I can’t work under any kind of regime like that. *My freedom is paramount* and that means freedom to work at my own pace in my own way in my own time – even if to someone else I might appear to be wasting that precious commodity. To me not a second is wasted in the creative process and if an idea takes a week to fully manifest, then a week it gets!

That’s probably why I can’t work for anyone else. A boss expects to see results from his employees and doesn’t want to hear excuses. That’s probably why they love time management systems so much – they can track how their slaves… er, I mean workers use their time. Maybe it’s fine for some people. It’s just not for me.

Ok they’re my answers.

It was originally suggested to tag five bloggers, so now to tag the following people:

* Liudmila at her blog simply entitled: Diary. We met in MyBlogLog and have kept in touch with each other’s blogs for a while now. She writes very interesting and often thought provoking stuff in her blogs and I know her popularity will continue to grow.

* Thanate Tan at Anti Eating Dogs. He writes several fascinating blogs on varying subjects. We met in BlogCatalog through our love of dogs, so that particular blog of his gets a mention here.

* Nishante at vebguru.com. Nish is a great techie and writes an informative blog about software, tips and tricks and all things computer related!

* EJ Cooksey at Make Money Online with EJ Cooksey. She’s a work at home mum who is always busy visiting lots of bloggers and writes a great blog on the task of making money – something close to my own heart!

* YC at Internet Marketing Mind. He also writes a great blog based on the making money side of things and has a lot of very valid points to make about a whole range of subjects withing this niche.

Well, that’s my meme.

To all who were tagged… Let me know when you have completed your post so I can read your answers.

Terry Didcott
The Honest Way

6 thoughts on “What is a Meme and Why Participate?”

  1. I like this meme as I’m finding out more about everyone as it makes it’s rounds. Didn’t know you were a dog lover – me too, used to have 13 Alaskan Malamutes (dog team) and two Wolves. Down two just 3 dogs now. I also play guitar – really bad and would starve if I had to make a living from it.Ha.

    Glad Trent invited you – I was going to but figured Monika would have got you first.

    You’ll have no worries with duplicate content with that post – as original as it gets.


  2. Hi Grizz,

    How cool is having two wolves as pets! I think they might raise a few eyebrows walking around the streets here, although they’d probably be right at home up on my mountain!

    Funny, my ability to play the guitar actually SAVED me from staving during my first few years here in Spain. I busked in a few places and made enough to feed me and Chelsea (my old German Shepherd who is sadly no longer with us) until the job in the blues band came up.

    I saw the meme doing the rounds (first in your blog) and was wondering where it would come from! Still, I’m glad I got involved as it’s interesting to learn some things about the bloggers I visit.


  3. Hey,
    Thank you for tagging me. I will write a meme and give you a link in few days, because these days I am away and really busy with new project.

  4. My pleasure Nish,

    Don’t worry about rushing to get it done, the beauty of running your own blog is you decide your own schedule!

    I look forward to reading your answers when you’re done


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