Community Networking Meme

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Creating a post every day, every other day or even once a week can be a daunting task. We are being pulled in many directions by friends and family, work, stress, fatigue, school, children, writer’s block, fear and the list goes on. Everyone who blogs has their own network of people who have visited and sometimes commented. That is your network, your personal blogging community.

Most times a blogger’s personal community of visitors and commentary stick to their own network. That means they do not interact with the personal community of other bloggers. In other words the people who visit your blog will not visit my blog just because you do. People coming to your blog will not necessarily visit the sites on your blogroll. So, everyone has their separate little network.

I’m not trying to change that, it’s just a fact of life that there are cliques even in the blogging community. What I was thinking though, is a community blog post. Before you click out of this post thinking I’m crazy, here me out… I just learned that there is a name to what I am proposing. It’s called a meme, (pronounced ‘meem)’. A meme is contagious content that spreads quickly throughout the Internet and gets the attention of many web users especially on social networks like Facebook. As a matter of fact, a meme spread through Facebook last year. Females were posting the color of the bra and panties and none of us males had any idea what the colors meant. Some of us guys are still without an idea!

I want with your help, to create “meme-like” content passed on from one blogger to another blogger. The difference is I want this planned ahead of time so that as many bloggers who want to participate, can do so; all of us on the same day and time. The numbers could be in the thousands if everyone on your blogroll takes part, and everyone on their blogroll, and so on and so on.

Suppose I asked five bloggers to participate in a community post where we all came together to answer a questionnaire. You have ten bloggers that regularly visit your blog and you ask them to participate as well. They in turn ask their friends and visitors and so on and so on.

What we would need is a group of questions, a set day to post the comment and a cumulative list of all the blogs that are willing to participate. Everyone schedules the post for that day and time and there is a potential for hundreds if not thousands of new visitors for every blog on the list. New visitors, new readers and potentially new friends. I have chosen December 12th as the date because it is far enough away for all who want to participate, to do so and it gives you the ability to get your answers finished.

If you think this is worthwhile or just a fun idea, just repost this onto your blog as soon as possible in it’s entirety. Email everyone you know who has a blog and might also be interested in this. Ask each person who is a firm commitment to add their name and blog’s name to the master list. Everyone will need to include the list in it’s entirety to their post so everyone will have the same list on their site and everyone has an equal chance at exposure.

Rules of Participation

You must agree to the Community Network MeMe date which is December 12, 2010 at 12:01.
You must agree that on December 12th you will visit at least five blog links that you have never visited before and leave a comment on their responses (my site, Morning Erection, not included). Replace my site with your site.
You must answer each of the ten questions and with more than a simple yes or no response.
You must post the entire Master Meme Blog List of blogs participating regardless of how long the list may grow to be below your answered questions. (Please continuously update the list).
You must title your post the same as everyone else, “Community Network Meme”.
You must promote the Community Network Meme at least once on Facebook or some other form of social media, even if it is just your own blog to get even more bloggers to participate. Provide the link back to your original post so they can post this in its entirety, just like we did.
If you would like to participate and write the post in your language and not English, feel free to translate it or you could post both translations.
Make sure to either vote for or like the post appropriately.

Questions

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?

8. What is your most guilty pleasure?

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?

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Annoying little brain itch

•November 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Ever had a song just get stuck in your head and refuse to leave??

It is an incredibly catchy song, in my defense- especially the chorus!

The Butterfly Effect – but without Ashton Kutcher.

•November 7, 2010 • 2 Comments

Marx was a strange little man…or at least I think so, I haven’t ever studied his life and I don’t plan on starting any time soon. But he was strange. I’m going by this theory, just so you know. Every year, every semester, every course his name just pops up. Without fail. For the past four years (A’Levels Sociology included) I’ve been studying Marx. MarxAnd the amazing thing is that his theory is all encompassing; Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, International Relations, Politics, Development…it has EVERYTHING. So no matter which way I go, there he is.

But what he had never been born? Or had never given his theory?

I was wondering that in the morning. I’ve actually been wondering that a lot lately.

What if there was no such thing as Marxism?

There would be no Socialism or Communism. There would have been no Soviet Union. Russia would have gone off on a different tangent after its civil war and there would have been no United States of Soviet Russia. Which means that the Allies would have been a superpower short in World War II. But then again, there would have been no Cold War. No division of Germany, no Berlin War, no revolution in Cuba, no Bay of Pigs incident, no Cuban Missile Crisis. Hell, maybe there wouldn’t even have been nuclear proliferation. Or maybe no Sputnik. No KGB vs. CCP in China. Taiwan would probably still be a park of China and Google wouldn’t have been banned. No Korean War, no Vietnam War, no Soviet invasion of Afghanistan- which would, in turn, mean no creation of the Taliban.

And can you imagine that? No Taliban? Without the Taliban, Afghanistan might not have been under extremist rule. Which means they would not have been open to Al-Qaeda who would not have had a territorial base which would render the Afghanistan War of 2003 moot. Since the Iraq War was more or less an offshoot of the Afghanistan War, Saddam Hussein might still have been alive and kicking and ruling over the country.

Baba Pakistan

And since there would have been no war in Afghanistan, no terrorists would have crossed over the border into my part of the region and Pakistan would have been just the mildly off, mildly unstable, seriously kooky country (with a strange love for Baba Pakistan) it has always been instead of the “hot bed of terror” it has now become. And I would not have stood in the middle of university and heard the loud explosion or felt the ground shake or smelt the gunpowder in the air and the little boy who died of shrapnel in his neck would still be alive.

Is it really possible that the unbelievably flawed theory of one man could lead to all this?

But then again, if ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were berries and nuts, we’d all have ourselves a merry little Christmas, wouldn’t we?!

Stop. Stare. Sigh. Give up. Leave.

•November 4, 2010 • 1 Comment

Get up.

Look in mirror.

Turn to the right.

Dammit, ass is two sizes too big.

Turn to the left.

Could use to lose a couple of ten pounds from the middle.

Look straight ahead.

Fudgethisbloodydamnshitthing. There’s a zit right in the middle of my cheek.

Look closer.

SHIT! Back away. Back away NOW. Double chin is scary as shit from this angle.

Turn around.

Daaanggg- are those really MY thighs??

Turn back around.

Really? That is it? That is seriously all the hair I have? Might as well shave my head and be done with it.

Stare at head.

Is that a patch of white hair? SHIT. FUCK. NO. Scalp showing through. Quickly, adjust flick so its hidden.

Pull in stomach, suck in cheeks and double chin, smile like you mean it.

And now I look like the demon child from hell.

There’s just no winning with the mirror, is there?!

Hello world!

•November 3, 2010 • 1 Comment

I have nothing to write about.

It’s as simple as that.

I’m not a superhero living in disguise. I’m not some super-genius who has these incredibly amazing ideas to throw at you. I’m not even one of those amazingly witty bloggers.

But I have a blog.

I have several blogs actually, but that is neither here nor there.

I have a blog. I have this blog. And even though I have nothing to write about, I will still blog. Because everybody needs to vent. And I don’t know about you but for me, it’s a scary thing to talk to people I know. Talking to them means telling them things which, in turn, means that they get to know me. And there is just something so scary about that. Ever felt that way? That even though you have so many people in your life you can’t talk to any of them because they’ll get to know you and they’ll realize that the person that they see everyday is just that little bit different from the person you actually are inside.

So I need to vent. Because even though I’m not superwoman- or super-person to be more politically correct- I am A person. And everyone deserves to vent and be heard and maybe, just maybe, not feel like she’s alone.

So I blog.