Friday, April 07, 2006

[memes] Are they worth it?

memes, you know the ones, a series of questions usually food related that you pass on to another blogger. I have just been tagged with one, I will complete it, but I was wondering what others thought. have they lost their novalty value and are little more than annoyance? who started them anyway? do they have a place in our blogs?

i ask as several times recently i have seen posts saying such things as "i dont usually do these" or stop them dead with a "i wont tag anyone... "

should they be banned/ignored or are they something positive and to be encouraged? do people actually follow these from blog to blog?


This Post was written by andrew from spittoonextra

13 comments:

Sheri said...

Some are interesting and I don't mind reading them. Generally I don't do them because I'm too lazy or because they just don't seem appropriate for my blog.

Catherine said...

I think participating in a meme after you've been tagged is an opportunity, but not a requirement. If completing the meme seems burdensome and unappealing, skip it! You get tagged because someone is interested on your take on the questions, so its a compliment. Someone asked me to tag them on a recent meme because they really wanted to answer the questions and knew others who would have fun with it. So there's a wide range of enthusiasm.

I did one recently on recipe collections a few days ago and it was eye-opening for me (I need to get organized). I did feel guilty tagging other people though 'cos I don't want them to feel obligated if they'd rather not participate.

Renz said...

You know what I would love to see, though I still feel too wet behind the ears to initiate?

Maybe someone's done this already, but I think it would be cool to do a kind of meme recipe. That is, someone makes a dish, tags someone else, who adapts the dish, and so on. Sort of like Telephone, but with food.

Come to think of it, this would also be an interesting exploration of the "adapted from/inspired by/etc" discussion, too.

What do you all think?

Cyndi said...

What a wonderful idea! I've seen a take on it in a rubberstamping magazine, where someone started a a card, sent it to another artist who added/changed it, and it went through several reincarnations--each time being photographed and then all presented at once.

Should we start one? I'm willing to start it.

As for the original question--as long as the topics and questions change every couple of months, I love reading the memes and participating in them. It's a way to enjoy being part of this "community"

Pamela said...

I'm new to the whole world of blogging but I do like memes it's a nice way of finding out a little about those who's blogs you like to read

fooDcrazEE said...

renz..thats a kewl idea...maybe you should start it and then tagged someone...

Kalyn said...

I'm thinking that how much you like memes and want to participate is in inverse relationship to how long you've been blogging. But even if that's true, it's certainly up to each person to decide how much to participate.

FWIW, I really like reading other people's memes, much more than I like writing my own. (Although sometimes I do really like to do them, it depends on the topic.)

MM said...

Hey Renz, I agree with Foodcrazee! Normally I am one of those chain letters haters and have been known to send back "If this chain is broken and the letter sent back, you will get triple the bad luck as well as bad sex for 10 years" email. However, I enjoy reading the food-related memes like recipe collections and such. And I would only tag those I know fairly well so as not to offend anyone.

fooDcrazEE said...

mm, what i do is just do the meme and then leave the tag open. Anyone can then choose whether to do it or not. No offending any1 then.....

go renz

Renz said...

Cyndi, do you want to go ahead and start it up (thanks for volunteering)? I'll go second, if that's all right. Should we agree on a time frame? Like, you've got a week to do your version--I only buy groceries once a week, really.

I'm not sure what sort of ground rules or framework we would need.

David said...

Someone said that getting tagged for a meme is like getting 'homework' (it may have been Kate from Accidental Hedonist) but that's pretty right-on. I only do the ones that are fun and relatively brief. Those ones, "Describe the fifty best things you ate between the ages of 10 and 16 years old...and describe why you liked them...and explain how they relate to your life today...etc" are a bit much.

Consequently I only tag people I don't like with those!

But personally, I think we should drive a stake through the heart through most of 'em.

Culinarily Curious said...

I think Catherine said it best... some people like 'em, other hate 'em. I'm going to adopt her attitude, accept the ones that appeal to me, acknowledge but skip the ones that don't appeal. And tag others with the understanding that I'd like their opinion on the topic, but ti's a request, not a requirement.

Yulinka said...

I love 'em. When checking out a new (to me) food blog, I always read through the memes. They give you a chance to learn more about the blogger, which I always like.

Do I care about 4 places where the blogger has lived? Yeah, kind of. That gives me some info about his or her background and cooking influences.

I don't really believe bloggers who insist that they hate memes. Who doesn't like talking about themselves? And memes can't be more of hassle than cooking something, taking a picture, writing about it.

So, memes: Good. Send them my way!