Know what to do when someone tags you in a game of bleme.

blog memeI’ve been “tagged” in a blogging meme – or a “bleme” by Besty Wuebker of the magnificently educational and entertaining blog Passing Thru.

In the tag – Besty writes that I “can make a business lesson out of anything :)” and that was BEFORE I had posted about testicular cups and helmets in hockey and how that’s a lesson for building trust in your business! So before I begin –  a quick “lesson” on blogging memes.

Blogging Memes are simply a form of “internet memes” – used by bloggers. From Wikipedia: “The term Internet meme (pronounced /mi?m/, meem) is a phrase used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.”

Viral videos – just another form of internet meme. Those horrid emails that promise some “payload” if you forward it to 50 friends – yet another form of internet meme.

I appears that blogs were created with  the internet’s unique ability to effectively carry “memes” in mind. When a blogger “tags” you in a blogging meme, they allow their blog to notify you of the incoming link.  Again, “static” websites can’t do this because – unlike blogs – static websites don’t easily “notify” you of incoming links.

So blogging memes are not only fun, they also help to spread “link luv” which is just ONE of the many reasons why bloggers should love them so.   However,  blog memes biggest appeal is they give bloggers a chance to connect.

Each “bleme’ or blogging meme has a pedigree so to speak.  One blogger gets an idea – starts the bleme and others who are tagged participate as well.  Each participating blogger “tags” others to keep the tree growing.   The “pedigree” of this bleme (blogging meme) includes such bloggers as Tara, Blogger Dad, Writer Dad.   It has been passed along by Patricia of Patricia’s Widsom who tagged Betsty… who then tagged me – as well as about four others.

Some blemes are complex and have “rules” to follow.  This one is simple – which is probably the reason for this particular bleme’s success.  I love Tara’s take on the “rules” of this particular bleme – she writes:

I’d really like to get to know you better. Answer these questions. Pass them on. End of.

Since most bloggers are Conversationalists (see the 3 types of bloggers), it’s not hard to see why they are a popular “device” used by creative bloggers to connect, converse and play.

On to the “meme” portion of this post…

This particular bleme has ten questions…  each designed to reveal more of the real “you” to your readers.  Here are this bleme’s questions…

1. Who is the hottest movie star?

Darn you Besty – you are such a class act!  Do I lie and name some star from before my time – or do I tell the truth. Since blogs are all about authenticity and transparency, I’m going to give my “honest” answer to question … Jason Statham.

Admittedly – watching any movie in which he appears is guaranteed to lower your IQ by at least 20 points – but I’ve found that your viewing pleasure won’t be distracted by a pesky distracting plot. You can even turn off the sound to watch without missing much too boot!

2. Apart from your house and your car, what is the most expensive item you ever bought?

A 39 foot Class A mobile home – it was a car AND a house- all in one. By the way, it’s just like a boat in the fact that the second happiest day of your life is the day you PURCHASE the RV.  The happiest day – the day you SELL it!!

The most expensive thing I ever did with said RV – back it into my house. I put a healthy dent in both on that fateful Mother’s Day.  My oldest son was “directing” me as I backed it into the driveway at the time.  Obviously “stop” was not part of his 12 year old vocabulary – while “oh shit” was!

3. What is your most treasured memory?

If I had to choose just one, I’d have to say it was our first hurricane here in southeastern Florida. We spent a week without electricity after the storm passed.  From trying cook half frozen pizzas on the grill (not a success) to playing every board game we owned multiple times- including Monopoly and Risk – we chose to view the experience as a “mini” wilderness vacation.

Life is all about choices we make and we CHOSE to enjoy that experience.

4. What was the best gift you received as a child?

The first “best gift” was my dog, a cocker spaniel named Carmel. My father was “upwardly mobile” and we moved with each promotion – but Carmel was my best friend through it all. When we finally “settled down,” my parents finally indulged my life long love of horses by providing not only horses but riding lessons, transportation to and from, boarding, etc.

Talk about gifts that kept on giving. I learned so many lessons from those animals. I trained Carmel in obedience and competed through 4-H and later on I competed with my horses.

Not only did I learn how to care for another living creature – I also learned how perseverance and dedication are an essential part of “winning” – no matter what the competition.

5. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?

I used to say “not having more children” was my biggest mistake but my children are VERY vocal in responding that three is enough for all of them.  With two of the three in college now – the oldest has her sights set on graduate school – I finally agree!

My wish for you is that you will come to realize that your biggest mistake “wasn’t” as well!!!

6. Four words to describe yourself.

Sardonic, yet caring – discerning yet accepting.

7. What was your highlight or lowlight of 2008?

Highlight: My son’s first appearance in the national finals of the Kicking.com combine series in January and qualifying again for the 2009 finals that July.

Lowlight(s): Dealing with the massively [over] inflated ego of said son.

8. Favorite film?

Current favs – Madagascar 2, Star Trek and Up.

Long time favs – Coneheads, Back to the Future, Fight Club, and …ugh – time to be transparent again- Idiocracy. The opening five minutes are what makes it my favorite. It’s definitely not a cinematic work of art – but as time marches on I’m afraid it may be positively prophetic.

9. One thing we don’t know.

I HATED my one and only computer programming class in college- FORTRAN!!!

10. If you were a comic book/strip or cartoon character, who would you be?

Easy – Mystique Be anyone at any time- and choose to stand out – or blend in – at will. It’s the ultimate power.

Now for the final phase of the blog meme … tagging. I’m trying to think of bloggers who are up for a game of “blog tag” who haven’t been tagged yet-

My apolobies if I missed tagging someone who wants to play.  Even if you’ve got a “serious” business blog – there’s still value in participating in blemes.  Remember – blogging is all about making connections.

Comments

  1. says

    Hey Kathy, I’m appreciative but I must remain consistent with my policy of not accepting tags. This is the fourth one I must respectfully decline to participate in. I’m a playful guy but these are just not my cup of tea. But I will share this. One thing you don’t know about me is that enjoy juggling. 🙂

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Works last blog post..Back Up One Step and Choose Your Right Path

  2. Kathy says

    Tom –

    Well I learned something about you with this!

    As you know – I’m always “anxious” to share “link luv” with you… I think you share incredible insight on your blog and am ALWAYS wanting to share that with others.

  3. says

    Hi Kathy – You’re a luv! Wow – your son must be awesome to get to the finals in that competition? Did he at least get a football scholarship? 😀 I love how you mentioned your dog and horses as the best gifts. Empathy for furry friends makes for empathy with humans. And yes, you managed to make this educational as well, just like I knew you would! Thanks!

    Betsy Wuebkers last blog post..MOM, PATRICIA TAGGED ME!

  4. Kathy says

    Betsy – Right back at you!!!

    Yes My son is very gifted and yes – he’s had many schools talking to him about scholarships.

    And yes- the gifts of “pets” of varying shapes/sizes has probably been more influential in my life than I will ever know.

    It was fun – thanks for the “tag”.

  5. says

    Hi Kathy,

    I can’t post these answers on Creare Communications blog as my boss doesn’t want me to! However, I can answer your questions here. I hope that’s ok?

    1. Who is the hottest movie star?

    George Cloony – I know this is an obvious choice, but he has it all, looks, charm and that old school style.

    2. Apart from your house and your car, what is the most expensive item you ever bought?

    I have a tipi, which is probably the most expensive thing I brought. I keep it in my parents field and go back during the summer for weekend breaks in the sunshine. I love the fact that you can have a fire inside it and bbqs on the open fire are fantastic.

    3. What is your most treasured memory?

    This is a tough one. Probably the day my foal was born, he looked just like a little fawn, all pale and beautiful. He was too weak to stand up, to suckle from his mother so my sister and I had to pick him up. He soon learned what to do!

    When he grew up we sold him on, and he became a police horse. I’m very proud of him, and really wish I could see him again – he’d be about 13 years old now.

    4. What was the best gift you received as a child?
    My stuffed rabbit, I still have him and when I feel a little bit sad I have a little cuddle with him.

    5. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?

    I’ve made so may mistakes. But my mistakes are part of what makes me Me, and I wouldn’t want to change that just yet… Also I’ve learned far more through my mistakes than I ever could otherwise.

    6. Four words to describe yourself.

    my mind is blank

    7. What was your highlight or lowlight of 2008?

    Highlight – putting my tipi up for the first time and having an excellent summer in it even though it rained all the time!

    Lowlight – when my beautiful springer spaniel Freddie had to be put down. He truly was the very best dog I have even been lucky enough to know.

    8. Favorite film?

    I don’t ever know how to answer this. I’ve enjoyed so many films over the years.

    9. One thing we don’t know.

    Hmmm… I already told you about my stuffed rabbit.

    10. If you were a comic book/strip or cartoon character, who would you be?

    Marge Simpson so I could have all that blue hair!

  6. says

    Hey there, just stopping by to see how the meme is doing and everyone is doing a great job.
    I’m not a big fan of them myself, but I think when they’re well thought out and done for the right reasons, they are really informative and let you get to know your favourite writers that little bit more.
    Really interesting to see how you’ve charted the history of this one (it actually left Blogger Dad’s with him calling it the Blame Tara Meme so I’m glad that’s changed!)
    Oh and Mystique? Very cool choice!

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  7. Kathy says

    Tara,

    I agree TOTALLY with you – when they’re well thought out and done for the right reasons – they’re a great addition to your blog. You did a great job of keeping it simple – which is another reason for its success.

    Being a “practical” business woman – I personally love the way a blog meme generates links for everyone involved. The fact that it also benefits readers makes it a “win- win”.

  8. says

    Well, that was cool. I learned you have 3 kids, HAD an RV, tried pizza on the grille post-Hurricane, were in 4-H as I was as a kid and also loved the Coneheads.

    “Up’ was great, wasn’t it? I totally cried during that 2-minute vignette from their marriage to her death. And he is one kick-ass old guy. Hope to see it again this coming weekend.

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  9. Kathy says

    You only cried ONCE during Up? I cried at least three times!!! LIKE A BABY!!! I’m going to have to go see it again so maybe I can see what I missed while I was bawling!!!

    Can’t wait to read your response to the bleme!