There are a lot of pros and cons to memes. It’s fun linking up to them and all, but they can be very frustrating.
One thing that frustrates me is that whoever links up first usually gets the most traffic to their post. Now, this wouldn’t bother me as much if everyone lived in the same time zone as me (which they don’t) or if every single meme had a set time that they posted the linky. Why is that a problem? Well, when I first started blogging, I counted on memes to direct traffic to the blog. Memes helped get new people to visit my blog and maybe gain some new followers. And today, I still depend on memes for some of my traffic. The problem is school. Sort of. The way the meme works is that you create a blog post for the meme and then add you link to the linky on the the post of the blog the meme is hosted on. The problem is linking up.
Here’s the thing, like I mentioned above, the bloggers who link up first get more traffic to their posts. Why? Because people don’t like to scroll to the middle of a list and start clicking on links. Usually whatever link is first, is more convenient. This causes a lot of people to rush to be the top 10 links on the list. And obviously you can only link up once the host has posted. Some hosts post on at a certain time every week. Examples would be The Sunday Post and Waiting on Wednesday. Other memes are posted on a certain day, but at varying times. An example of that would be Stacking the Shelves. For the memes that have a set time, a lot of people wait until the time and then post. My problem is school because after school started, I no longer can afford to stay up until one o’clock in the morning just to add a link, like I could do during the summer. In the summer, I could be one of the first few bloggers to link up to Waiting on Wednesday. Now, I can’t even get top 100. You have no idea how often I wish I lived on the West Coast instead of the East Coast just to be able to link up to memes first. Well, that and because they usually have better weather. But my point is, 1:00 am here, is 11:00 pm there. And I just happen to still be awake at 11…
Another con about memes is that a lot of people participate in them. That usually means most of the blogs I follow have a Top Ten Tuesday post on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays, there is Waiting on Wednesday. It gets tiring after awhile, having to search for a more original post after seeing so many that look the same. And then there are these blogs that post memes EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Yeah, no thanks.
TRAFFIC AND FOLLOWERS
Despite all the cons, there are a few good things about memes. One of them is that they have the ability to direct people who have never visited your blog before to your blog. And who knows, they might like it and become a follower. That’s how I get a lot of new followers.
Another pro about memes is that they are easy posts to write and format. I never have to worry what I’m posting on Wednesdays or Saturdays because they are so easily formatted. And in the case of Wednesdays, I can format them in advance. Which means if I am bored and have a lot of time, I just make a bunch of WOW posts.