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I have decided to make the meme-like event double the fun. This year the meme will be presented twice. First on July 1st and then again on Dec. 9th. Same rules, same format, hopefully the same folks (somebody go remind Sylvia Garza about this one). She missed the last one.
Everyone from last year’s meme agreed that it was lots of fun. Again our goal is the same. To have everyone who participated last year to do so again in addition to also trying to find at least one other person to play along.
Just a reminder to all who were a part of the December meme. The questions for the two memes are supposed to come from you. Without your two questions there will be no meme or I will have to come up with them. How boring if I have to come up with them. If you have not already please come up with two questions (one for July and one for December) and send them to me lickety-split.
The idea of the meme is to post questions that many bloggers will answer and do so on the same day and time. Then visit other bloggers, read their responses and leave meaningful comments. Many new friendships were made last year that still exist today and many new readers were gained for many bloggers. Last year Sunday Stealing found my blog and posted their answers days in advance of the day we chose. No big deal, however this year I have taken steps to prevent the premature posting of answers. Here is how the July 2012 meme will work.
1. If you want to participate, send a message to me using my contact page and in turn I will email you a copy of the meme questions.
2. You will compose your answers in a post along with the Meme graphic (not the one from above) and schedule the post for July 8th at 12.01 am EDT. Last year everyone posted at 12.01 EST based on time zones and not on clocks. A time zone map will be provided.
3. A master list of everyone participating will be generated and posted along with your answers in this July so you will be able to pick which random blogs you would like to visit.
Community Network Rules of Participation
(a) You must agree not to post your answers until everyone else does.
(b) You must agree that you will visit at least five blog links that you have never visited before and leave a comment on their responses. You are also encouraged to visit them all.
(c) You must answer each of the twenty questions and do so with more than a simple yes or no response. You can be as funny as you want with your responses but you cannot avoid answering the question.
(d) You must post the entire Master Meme Blog List of blogs participating, regardless of how long the list may grow to be, below your answered questions.
(e) You must title your post the same as everyone else, “Community Network Meme 2012”.
(f) You must direct all interested parties to Morning Erection’s Contact Page to get the questions. You may not give them a copy of yours. Remember, we are trying to avoid Sunday Stealing from stealing and posting before we do. In December 2011 I shared the questions with them and they posted the meme the following Saturday for their band of merry thieves.
(g) You must promote the Community Network Meme at least once on Facebook or some other form of social media, even if it is just your own blog to get more bloggers to participate. Provide the link back to this original post so they can post this in its entirety on their blogs, just like we do.
(h) When bloggers visit your post on the day of the meme and leave comments you are obligated to reply to each and every one on the day of the meme and at least for one day after. If you don’t like to reply to comments after those two days, feel free not to.
(i) If you would like to participate and write the post in your language and not English, feel free to translate it or you could post both translations.
(j) Make sure to either vote for or like the post appropriately if the blogger is using the WordPress platform.
(k) You must use the designed graphic on your meme post (the above graphic is not the official graphic for the July meme).
If this is all very confusing, please check out last years posted answers. I am extremely happy to announce this years questions (both in July and December) will all be mostly contributed by last years participants. This took the stress and pressure off of one or just a few bloggers.
Creating a post every day, every other day or even once a week can be a daunting task. We are being pulled in many directions by friends and family, work, stress, fatigue, school, children, writer’s block, fear and the list goes on. Everyone who blogs has their own network of people who have visited and sometimes commented. That is your network, your personal blogging community.
Most times a blogger’s personal community of visitors and commentary stick to their own network. That means they do not interact with the personal community of other bloggers. In other words the people who visit your blog will not visit my blog just because you do. People coming to your blog will not necessarily visit the sites on your blogroll. So, everyone has their separate little network.
I’m not trying to change that, it’s just a fact of life that there are cliques even in the blogging community. What I was thinking though, is a community blog post. Before you click out of this post thinking I’m crazy, here me out… I just learned that there is a name to what I am proposing. It’s called a meme, (pronounced ‘meem’). A meme is contagious content that spreads quickly throughout the Internet and gets the attention of many web users especially on social networks like Facebook. As a matter of fact, a meme spread through Facebook last year. Females were posting the color of the bra and panties and none of us males had any idea what the colors meant. Some of us guys are still without an idea!
I want with your help, to create “meme-like” content passed on from one blogger to another blogger. The difference is I want this planned ahead of time so that as many bloggers who want to participate, can do so; all of us on the same day and time. The numbers could be in the thousands if everyone on your blogroll takes part, and everyone on their blogroll, and so on and so on.
Suppose I asked five bloggers to participate in a community post where we all came together to answer a questionnaire. You have ten bloggers that regularly visit your blog and you ask them to participate as well. They in turn ask their friends and visitors and so on and so on.
What we would need is a group of questions, a set day to post the comment and a cumulative list of all the blogs that are willing to participate. Everyone schedules the post for that day and time and there is a potential for hundreds if not thousands of new visitors for every blog on the list. New visitors, new readers and potentially new friends. I have chosen December 12th as the date because it is far enough away for all who want to participate, to do so and it gives you the ability to get your answers finished.
If you think this is worthwhile or just a fun idea, just repost this onto your blog as soon as possible in it’s entirety. Email everyone you know who has a blog and might also be interested in this. Ask each person who is a firm commitment to add their name and blog’s name to the master list. Everyone will need to include the list in it’s entirety to their post so everyone will have the same list on their site and everyone has an equal chance at exposure.
Rules of Participation
You must agree to the Community Network MeMe date which is December 12, 2010 at 12:01.
You must agree that on December 12th you will visit at least five blog links that you have never visited before and leave a comment on their responses (my site, Morning Erection, not included). Replace my site with your site.
You must answer each of the ten questions and with more than a simple yes or no response.
You must post the entire Master Meme Blog List of blogs participating regardless of how long the list may grow to be below your answered questions. (Please continuously update the list).
You must title your post the same as everyone else, “Community Network Meme”.
You must promote the Community Network Meme at least once on Facebook or some other form of social media, even if it is just your own blog to get even more bloggers to participate. Provide the link back to your original post so they can post this in its entirety, just like we did.
If you would like to participate and write the post in your language and not English, feel free to translate it or you could post both translations.
Make sure to either vote for or like the post appropriately.
1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?
2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?
3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?
4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?
5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?
6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?
7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?
8. What is your most guilty pleasure?
9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?
10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?