A meme (pronounced to rhyme with “theme) comes from the scientific idea of “a self-propagating unit of thought that is spread from one host to another” (according to Chris Garrett). In a blog meme, one blogger posts on a topic or idea and then invites other bloggers to write posts on the same topic or idea and link back to the original post. There are memes on nearly every topic imaginable.
Participating in blog memes is a good way to get the word out about your blog and to attract new readers to your blog. It’s also a great way to discover other blogs you’ll enjoy reading. With blog memes, practice the golden rule—if you want bloggers to read and comment on your blog, then you should read and comment on their blogs. Let the bloggers know that you found their blog because they linked up.
Blog memes are also called linkies or link-ups. It is common courtesy, if you are linking up, to include a link in your post back to the blogger hosting the linky. For example, in many of my posts, I’ve included buttons or a note saying “I’m linking up with Blog Hop A this week.”
Check out my Pinterest board to browse some blog hops I like to link up with:
Note: I’ll be updating this board as I find new blog memes or linkies, but I’m not responsible for any of these links. Bloggers may stop hosting memes.
What blog hops do you enjoy linking up with?