I will officially ignore memes from this point on. I’m not fond of the sense of obligation they create. The e-mail versions often promise luck and such for answering and forwarding to others. Sending them back to the sender should make them feel special, especially if the chain is about love or friendship. The blog versions have the element of a chain letter, but people often get tagged specifically. I’ve often ignored the e-mail forwards, but I’ve done my part with a few blog memes… until recently.
I didn’t have an agenda or anything when I broke two memes a few months ago. I just wasn’t posting.
I have no supernatural consequences hanging over my head. However, if I don’t do the meme after I’m tagged, does it mean that I am uncooperative and unfriendly?
I hope not. Friends, do not take it personally if I don’t keep up the chain or the viral replication, etc. No doubt you are thinking of me whenever you tag me, but there’s got to be another way to show me you love me.
Perhaps if the meme appeals to me, I’ll do it. However, some people simply need to get over themselves at the source. Stop writing these inane personal trivia question sets. I won’t do them when it’s my turn.
I recently noticed Brian and Fredo have stopped displaying blogrolls. Whether this is temporary or permanent, this trend made me think about clutter on the blog. After migrating to my own web server and using WordPress, I didn’t want to deal with dedicating space to things not completely germane to my blog. No badges, humongously long lists, web/blog rings, directory and feeds chicklets, or any other shiny widgets. Even though it’s all about me on ShindoTV, I didn’t even want the meta-profile (links to Facebook, Flickr, GoodReads, etc) to take up more room than they should.
Regarding the blogroll, I didn’t do away with it. I just found a more appropriate place by creating a good, old-fashioned links page (see channels). As for the meta-profile, I placed it in both the channels page and the one about me.
Housekeeping should be much easier now that I’ve found a place for the guests’ shoes.