Following are a number of rules that I have developed to help the newer bloggers better understand what it means to "tag" someone. Tagging is usually involved in the spreading of a "meme."
- List the Tagee's name and/or blog name, with link, after you post your meme.
- Try and choose meme-friendly sites to participate.
- Go to their site and invite them to participate in the least obtrusive way possible.
- If you leave a comment after a specific post, have the courtesy to leave an appropriate post specific comment. Then invite them to participate in the meme.
- Invite, never challenge; ask, never demand!
- If you truly believe in the benefit of this particular meme, go ahead and explain the benefits, but always leave the tagee a dignified way to say “no.”
Memes can be fun and/or revealing. Join in these if it feels good. Some can be an outright waste of time.
Memes are not for everyone. Some people will never participate no matter how beneficial the meme is. If someone says “no” to a meme invite, respect that decision.
When deciding whether or not to get involved in a meme, the overriding concern should be whether your readers will gain some benefit by reading it. Some of the obvious benefits would be that your readers:
- Will gain some insight into who you are (that could be good or bad).
- Gain some intrinsic value from the subject matter.
- Would like to get involved themselves.
- Would find humor in it.
- Would learn something.
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