June 30, 2007

What is a blog meme?

Here are some definitions of "meme" from the Urban Dictionary:
  • A thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable.
  • An idea that is spread from blog to blog.

In blogspeak, a "meme" is an idea or series of questions that is spread from blog to blog, usually because a blogger is "tagged" to make a meme post in their blog, and then to tag five others.

There are literally hundreds of memes (or "blemes" as they are often called) flying around the bloggosphere, one of the most popular being the "why do you blog?" meme. In fact, memes remind me of "chain letters" which did the rounds in the years before the Internet came to life...

If you are "tagged" by another blogger to participate in a meme, consider this an invitation to blog your meme answer and then tag five others to do the same (by invitation I mean that you shouldn't feel compelled to participate if you don't want to!).

One of the core intentions of spreading a meme is to spread an idea far and wide across the bloggosphere; another is to generate some link love by linking back to the blogger who has tagged you, and also to those you in turn will tag!

You can find some ideas for memes of your own over at iampariah (this site features memes for every day of the week!). Tickle.com has some rather interesting personality test memes too!

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