April 28, 2007

Introducing Bloggy Tag — I’m it, You’re it, I’m it. . . .

published this at 9:56 am

Oh Okay

As we established on Monday, a meme is an idea that propagates itself. Memes (rhymes with dreams) got their name from Richard Dawkins in his book, The Selfish Gene, and are the cultural counterpart of biological unit gene.

I get bloggy tagged often by the pseudo-memes that travel the blogosphere. I’m lucky the bloggy tags that march my way are usually fun and often offer a way they can be made useful or entertaining for folks reading my blog.

Introducing logo

On Monday, folks asked me to start a campaign to rename the bloggy memes something . . . um . . . er . . . more appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no faith in my ability or strength to move the blogosphere in such a noisy way.

Heck, I got a passel of Bloggy Tags this week to address. That’s a force to contend with. So I choose to take a quieter route — one that makes sense for me –to formally describe and name what we do and give it a button of its own.

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Introducing, “Bloggy Tag.” It’s a scattershot Internet version of the children’s game. Here’s how you play.

  1. Do a written task or answer a question. Then tag 1-5 others to do as you did.

  2. Tag your post with the button shown to the right to alert readers that you’re playing.

  3. Link the button to the post of the person who tagged you, if you didn’t start the game.

  4. Tell your readers to click the button to find out who came before you. It’s a surprise for them.

One cool part of the whole thing is that everyone can tell at a glance when a post is the answer to a tag. We no longer have to write extreme explanations about who made the tag. Once everyone gets the rules down, we won’t have to repeat them over and over either. YEA!

If it works for you feel free to take the button with you and use it the next time you get tagged. Meanwhile . . . this weekend . . .

Bloggy Tag Weekend: I have named this an Official Bloggy-Tag Weekend on Successful-Blog. I plan to catch up on all of the bloggy tags recently sent my way and any I might have missed in the past.

If you have bloggy tagged me in 2007 and you haven’t seen your answer yet, please email me at lizsun2 @ gmail.com with a link to the post that has your tag. Thanks in advance for that help.

After all, we can’t have mutant memes running loose on the Internet. The meme pool could contract a memetic disorder.

That would be bad.

Now on to a few games of tag, tag, tag, tag, tag, . . .

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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11 Comments to “Introducing Bloggy Tag — I’m it, You’re it, I’m it. . . .”

  1. April 28th, 2007 at 10:53 am
    Lorelle said

    I like calling them what they are: playing tags. So “Bloggy Tag” is cute. That’s better than meme. I have enough disorder in my memes. Count me out.

    But I’ll have fun watching all the bloggers play tag! The button should say “You’re It!” and feature a giggling sound effect. 😉

  2. April 28th, 2007 at 12:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Lorelle!
    I promise not to tag you! The could say “You’re It” or “I’ve been tagged.” It’s too much to figure out. :)

    So I settled for Bloggy Tag!

  3. April 28th, 2007 at 1:45 pm
    Memes Are Out. Bloggy Tags Are In. « Lorelle on WordPress said

    […] Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers offers a new concept in memes with her article, Introducing Bloggy Tag — I’m it, You’re it, I’m it. . . .. On Monday, folks asked me to start a campaign to rename the bloggy memes something . . . um . . . […]

  4. April 29th, 2007 at 2:40 am
    pelf said

    I do have a few outstanding memes that I haven’t given much thought to, but since you created a cute little button to go with it, I’ll start one at my blog. Soon. When I’m done designing a poster for a seminar in 3 days :)

    BTW, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  5. April 29th, 2007 at 3:46 am
    pelf-ism is contagious » Blog Archive » Memes are being replaced by “Bloggy tags” said

    […] And since I started this “thread”, I’m not linking anybody with the cute little glowing Bloggy tag, but if you wanted to know more about the person who started the whole “Bloggy tag” thingy, click here. […]

  6. April 30th, 2007 at 10:06 am
    Mike said

    Be careful you don’t get memejacked in this neighborhood! 😉

  7. April 30th, 2007 at 5:29 pm
    Outstanding Posts Arrive Fully Formed said

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  8. May 1st, 2007 at 6:19 am
    5 Steps to Writing the Best Blog Posts : Instigator Blog said

    […] the matter with more tagging. But anyone can pick this up and say they were tagged by me. Just read the rules […]

  9. May 20th, 2007 at 12:59 am
    Notes on Running an Outstanding Blog Project | Epic Edits Weblog said

    […] last two are kind of big fish, but there’s no harm in trying — right? Also, read the Bloggy Tag rules for more info on how this whole thing works. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where […]

  10. August 24th, 2007 at 11:56 am
    5 Things About Design and Me said

    […] of some of the finest WordPress themes out there, has started a meme (also known as a game of Bloggy Tag) on 5 Things About Design and Me. He tagged me along with four of my blogging pals (Randa, Charity, […]

  11. September 21st, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    Outstanding posts happen because life happens said

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