Musing Mondays #23: Memes/weekly features

Posted July 7, 2014 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 3 Comments

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
My Musings:

Today I’ll be discussing what I do in the way of memes and other weekly features.
I’ve pretty much settled into a rhythm with posting. I like to have about 2 reviews a week (if possible) and approximately 3 or 4 regular features.
The features I like to have EVERY week are Musing Mondays, the Sunday Post and Feature and Follow Fridays. I use Musing Mondays as my discussion posts because honestly if I tried to create my own discussion post meme I’d have to move everything over and I don’t like that idea. But I don’t use it the way a lot of other people use it- you know, posting what you’re reading and what you want to read and all that. If you want to know either of those things, my Currently Reading is in the sidebar and my TBR is on Goodreads. I don’t like posts on what I’m currently reading because chances are I’m going to write a review and whatever’s in the post might be a spoiler.
I do like the Sunday Post because it’s a nice weekly wrap-up and a great way to see what other blogs have been up to without looking through their archives. I also enjoy being able to post what’s going on in my life (I keep it bookish-related. This isn’t a personal blog) and what books I get each week.
On that note, a lot of bloggers participate in memes that share what they do when they’re not reading and things like that. I prefer not to get personal on my blog, but I’ve done the 30 Day Blogging Challenge and there are occasionally Feature and Follow Friday topics that cause me to go into greater detail.
I love participating in Feature and Follow Friday every week, and I had the good fortune to be the featured blogger a few weeks ago. I think it’s a great way to meet other new bloggers, even if a lot of the same people participate each week. Of course, I’m hoping at some point I reach the point where I’m no longer considered a ‘new blogger’ and therefore won’t have to participate in the meme, but in the meantime it’s great for making new friends.
Top Ten Tuesday I do occasionally. Those posts tend to take a lot longer so I don’t do them regularly, and often I can’t find 10 books that fit the theme. That’s why I came up with my own feature, Favorites Friday, that is similar but the category can be whatever you want and it doesn’t have to be ten books.
I used to participate in Quote It Saturday before the meme was discontinued, so I replaced it with Thursday Quotables. But I don’t do those very often. I tend to include quotes in my reviews, so it seems redundant to post them in a separate post.
Sometimes I do Random Reads. I really like the idea, but since I already have schedules on the books I read, I use it for ARCs mostly.
There are actually a lot of memes I dislike. Teaser Tuesdays, for example. I simply can’t bring myself to spend that much time looking through what other people are reading. In fact, a lot of memes I think take too much time that could be better spent reading or writing reviews, so I keep mine to a minimum. Other memes I dislike are: It’s Monday, what are you reading?, Wishlist Wednesday, WWW Wednesday, Waiting on Wednesday (sometimes they are interesting though).
On a slightly related note, types of posts I dislike are: cover reveals, book spotlights, and book blitzes. I dislike cover reveals because most of the time they are about books I haven’t heard of and I really don’t care. For the other two, they are usually associated with blog tours and I think it’s silly to support a book you aren’t interested in reading (otherwise you would request to review it). Unless of course you do review it in which case it’s fine to support it in other ways too.
I have some of my own features that I participate in occasionally (not regularly at all). Favorites Friday, Letters to Characters (the first feature I created that you can participate in and link up), Blogosphere Travels (where I share blogging tips),  Food For Thought (I come up with book club type questions on books I’ve read), Interview of the Month, and essays. Check them out under the Features menu.
So what memes do you like/dislike? Answer below and/or link up your MM post!


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Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

I don’t like the blog tours that aren’t accompanied by a review either. Even if I’m interested in the book I don’t get a huge amount of information out of them so I just tend to mark the posts as read and move on. I kind of like the teasers type posts. It’s led me to pick up a few books I probably wouldn’t have because I liked the writing style or how something was described.

I’ve settled into a routine where I participate in Musing Mondays almost every week, where I write about a bookish or literacy topic. I also like WWW Wednesday because it gives me the excuse to provide a nice snapshot of what I’m currently reading. I enjoy Top Ten Tuesday, but I don’t participate every week-I agree with you that sometimes I just can’t come up with ten books that fit the topic, but when I can, those posts are a lot of fun to put together. I’ll post on Friday Finds 1-2 times a month. I’m not a fan of Teaser Tuesdays–I like to read more about what people think about what they read rather than just random snippets. I was participating in some non-bookish weekend memes that were a lot of fun, but I’ve tapered off of those as I’m moving towards having my blog solely focused on books… Read more »
Jennie @ Daystarz Books

There are some memes you mention that I’ve never heard of. I’m just starting back on Musing Mondays and intend to do Friday Finds. I do include some personal stuff on my blog but not a lot. I don’t like teaser type memes and just skim past them usually.

My MM: