Meme (noun) pronounced meem :
1 : an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)
2 : a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable
3 : the fundamental unit of information – meme pool (n.) : all memes of a culture or individual – memetic (adj.) : relating to memes – memetics (n.) : the study of memes
4 : in blogspeak, an idea that is spread from blog to blog
5 : an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information
(Etymology : meme : derived from the Greek mimëma, ‘something imitated’, by Richard Dawkins in 1976)
Santa Claus is a more persistent meme than weasel frosting.
Man, I love Urban Dictionary.
I clicked myself over to Tom Baker’s Morning Erection (fear not, the rose by the name of morning erection smells just as sweet, aka not an X-rated blog. Promise) and learnt myself about the Second Annual Community Meme. I am stealing almost entirely from Tom the wherefores and take aways from the idea…
“The idea of the meme is to post questions that many bloggers will answer and do so on the same day and time. Then visit other bloggers, read their responses and leave meaningful comments. Many new friendships were made last year that still exist today and many new readers were gained for many bloggers. Here is how the 2011 meme will work.
1. If you want to participate, send a message to me using my contact page and in turn I will email you a copy of the meme questions.
2. You will compose your answers in a post along with the Meme graphic (grab from above) and schedule the post for December 11th at 12.01 am based on your time zone. Last year everyone posted at 12.01 but with 24 time zones we spent a lot of time waiting for some blogs to get posted. This year all posts will be simultaneous (data to be posted at a later date) based on time zones and not clocks.
3. A master list of everyone participating will be generated and posted along with your answers in December so you will be able to pick whose blogs you would like to visit.
Community Network Rules of Participation
You must agree not to post your answers until everyone else does.
You must agree that you will visit at least five blog links that you have never visited before and leave a comment on their responses.
You must answer each of the twenty questions and do so 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.
You must title your post the same as everyone else, “Community Network Meme 2011″.
You must direct all interested parties to Morning Erection’s Contact Page to get the questions.
You may not give them a copy of yours.
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 more bloggers to participate.
Provide the link back to your original post so they can post this in its entirety on their blogs, just like we did.”
So, like, I’m down with increasing my readership. I like answering questions. I loooooove providing thoughtful responses to other people’s blogs. Sounds poifect to me provided I don’t screw it up and manage to follow the rules properly.