Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Theme:
Celebrating 100 Weeks:
Benefits of the Top Ten Tuesday Meme
This is the 100th week in which I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday (out of a possible ~115 ish I think).
Point is: I know how it feels to commit to this shit week in and week out and I’m here to tell you to keep on keeping because there’s a wealth of positives I’ve gained from doing this for more than two years.
Blogging is kinda like lifting heavy things and putting them back down (re exercising). If you turn it into a routine, then it has the potential be less burdensome or “need to post for the sake of posting” and more like a consistent check mark to your week of blogging.
This is where the power of scheduling posts in advance kicks in.
Pro-tip: while reviews are a book blogger’s bread and butter, regular meme participation sets the expectation that “there will be a post on this blog today”.
It’s a nice thought that you can blog on the merits of “doing your own thing” but I’m not here to sugarcoat it and say that stats aren’t important. Everything’s connected–content, engagement, networking–and one day of solid engagement (comments inclusive) gives a boost of blogging confidence and is akin to feeding that hamster within as it runs faster and faster on the wheel.
I mean…tell me you aren’t the least bit happy when you open your notifications and you see your content gains traction. The feels of visibility is a nice perk, okay?
This is all about effort and networking. Part of the equation is having to work for views. It’s kinda like “Follow-for-Follow’s” distant relative, “Comment-for-Comment“. It may not work all the time but there’s this underlying thought that people will comment back if you make the effort to extend the first olive branch. Plus, some of your future best Internet friends could be just a message away on TTT.
Now I know what you’re thinking: but joey, you suck shit at responding back to comments. And yes, I agree. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been horrid recently at commenting back (or replying back to comments left here) but do as I say and not as I do because in the past, when I spent hours dropping comments–let’s say I dropped 40-50 comments in total–roughly 75% of themwill comment back.
Pro-tip: I don’t recommend dropping the “nice list, check mine out [link here]!” on every single TTT list and expect people to gleefully gravitate towards yours. Once in a while is okay but I don’t think you want the notoriety that comes with those comments.
Blog Hopping Made Easy
For WordPress users specifically, all you really need is to have the tag link open (https://wordpress.com/tag/top-ten-tuesday) and you’re basically able to discover new voices and start building those bridges. It’s made infinitely easier than going through your standard feeds with an array of topics when TTT’s are narrow topics that can allow for easy responses.
Follow the prompts to-a-T or don’t follow them, what’s important is that you’re invested in what you’re vomiting. Many prompts have been boring or simply don’t work for me, so I either adapt them to fit what I want to say or cultivate those ideas to be used in alternative avenues of discussion instead.
That being said, not everyone has found my TTT changes accessible since I was essentially pulling the rug under those who come to expect the generic theme. Sometimes it works and many times it doesn’t. Case in point: Top Ten Tuesday gives you a cookie cutter and some dough but it doesn’t mean you can’t just throw the template out the window and make whatever the hell you want.
Discovering New Titles
This is self-explanatory but one of the goals of TTT lists is to expand and curate books onto your to-be-read piles as well as to find like minded individuals who you can flail with.
Kudos to anyone who completes these weekly–you’re awesome.