Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What is a Meme and Why Should I Participate?

What are meme's and how can they help you and your fellow bloggers? You will know the answer to that when you are done reading this post.

There's a good chance you have come across the term "meme" while online sometime recently. If you haven't, you have now! And you will again soon because they are starting to stir up quite a buzz around the internet.

Memes come in all sorts of different forms, depending on where you look and who started it. Usually when it comes to blogging, a meme is a list of questions that you answer and post on your blog. Then someone else sees it and does the same, and so on. Memes are viral in nature and are meant to propagate around.

I was recently invited by Grizzly Brears from How to Make Money Online for Beginners to join a new meme. It wasn't started very long ago but it has already spread to several blogs and is starting to pick up even more steam. It has the potential to go hyper viral by getting posted on thousands of blogs as long as the people who are mentioned in each blogger's version of the meme keep it going by posting their own.

Here are the details of this particular meme...

First, you answer 5 questions about the ONLINE version of YOU…

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
3. Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?
4. Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online.
5. Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world.

Then you "tag" several bloggers, including me, and ask that they join in and spread this meme on their own blogs. When finished you simply write a comment on this post with the link to your meme post so I can then read your responses to the questions.

If everyone plays along you can see how this could easily end up all over the blogosphere. There is incentive to keep the meme going because we are all passing links to each other. We all win!

As I stated above, it's simple to play... Answer the five questions above in a post on your blog. Also, in the post that you create, reference this post and then tag 5 of your blogging buddies. If you don’t know who to tag, just tag a blog that interests you or one you have learned from. This way you can get a link from that blog and also find out more about the owner.

If you would like to join in and I didn't tag you, just leave me a comment with your blog URL and I will add a tag to you as well. If you need some quality backlinks this is a great opportunity to get a link from me and hopefully from others as they join in.

Ok, here are my answers to the questions...

1. How long have you been blogging?

I started my first blog in November of 2003 but it was full of random worthless posts because I didn't have a clue what I was doing, so I dumped it after a few months. Then, in July of 2004, I started my first real blog - Free Home Business Tips - the one you are reading right now!

2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?

At first I started it just as a quick and easy way to add articles and other content to my website. I was set on gaining high search engine rankings and I figured a blog would help. It worked!

My mentors... The person who helped me the most when I was first getting started online was named Tina A. (I never knew her full last name) but she does not do any online business anymore, as far as I know. If not for her I never would have succeeded. Now I follow just about all of the top internet marketers and bloggers.

3. Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?

I own several blogs and websites and all of them, either directly or indirectly, are for making money in one way or another. I am a full time internet marketer and my entire income is made online so they better be making money! ;-)

But I also have a lot of fun doing what I do!

4. Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online.

Freedom of being my own boss.

Helping others make money online and build a better life for themselves.

The money I make doing it.

5. Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world.

Keeping up with all the latest techniques and changing technology.

Trying not to spend all my money on new products.

Motivating myself to actually sit here at my computer and work.

Ok that's if for my answers. Now I am going to tag some people who have blogs that I like and hopefully they will play along by continuing this meme. It was originally suggested to tag five bloggers, so here they are...

* Matthew at the WhyDoWork blog. I've been a member of the forum at this website for a long time and have always been a fan of the overall site and blogs. However, they have really stepped up their blogging recently and have become a blog that I have to visit every day.

* George Manty at Can I Make Big Money Online. This is a terrific blog full of all kinds of online money making information. I visit this blog often, and have even contributed content to it, but I don't know much about George so it will be nice to see his answers.

* Monika Mundell at The Writer's Manifesto blog. She writes about all sorts of online topics and is darn good at it. I've actually somewhat known Monika for a while from a forum we both frequent. However, I only recently discovered her blogging skills. She's one of the best writers I have seen.

* Terry Didcott from The Honest Way. This is another blog with loads of great online money making information from an excellent writer. It's growing fast and I predict it will be one of the top blogs of its kind before too long. I am familiar with Terry from other online ventures but never knew he was such a great blogger until recently.

* Gary Conn has built a very successful blog. In fact, it's one of the most well-known blogs on the internet dedicated to making money online. I don't know Garry at all so I look forward to getting know him a little more from this.

Ok, that's it for my meme. Hopefully everyone who was tagged will play along and keep it going.

To all who were tagged... Let me know when you have completed your post so I can read your answers.

Everyone else... Remember if you want to join in and get a link from me just leave me a comment with your URL.

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Home Based Business

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At 8:00 PM , Blogger Grizzly Brears said...

Great post Trent!

I'm glad you tagged Terry. I didn't only because he has so many links from me that I wanted to send some juice elsewhere. I hoped he didn't feel left out and now he won't.

Thanks for joining in and I hope your taggees keepit going.


At 8:14 PM , Anonymous Trent Brownrigg said...


I'm sure Terry doesn't feel left out. And if he does he will see your comment and know what happened.

This meme thing was a great idea. Thanks again for getting me involved in it. Hopefully everyone else participates.


At 1:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Trent

Thanks for the tag!

I'll be sure to do a write up.
One less topic i need to come up with myself :)

At 2:25 PM , Anonymous Trent Brownrigg said...

Great! I can't wait to see your post and read your answers. And you are welcome for the tag!

Only problem is you posted anonymously in your comment so I don't know which one you are. LOL.

I think I have it figured out though.


At 6:10 AM , Anonymous Monika @ The Writers Manifesto said...

Hey Trent,
I finally managed to get around writing this meme. Here is the link to it, hope you'll enjoy.


You guys made me tag all the new lot since everybody I respect is already tagged in some way. Hehe.. more linky dinky love to go around.

Monika :-)

At 11:49 AM , Anonymous Trent Brownrigg said...

Great Monika thanks for participating.

At 10:45 PM , Anonymous Senorita said...

Great post Trent! Thanks for sharing the tag.I found it very useful.


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