I’m not the biggest fan of memes.
Sure some are better than others and I’ll usually take them on board, change them around until they resemble something I like and then attempt them.
Or, like the last one I did, I ditch all the rules and the questions asked and make my own up.
So the last meme I sent out from these stables ended up at Blogger Dad’s place who (cheeky whatsit) renamed it The Blame Tara Meme.
I’ve been tracking it.
And by jove, it’s been on quite a journey. Kinda developed it’s own family tree and it’s been fascinating to see the blogs it’s visited and the answers given.
So here is a potted history – and possibly the blog post with the most links in ever!
First off the meme visited Selfish Blogger Dave (who incidentally still hasn’t finished the job. Tut), Kat at 3 Bedroom Bungalow, Adrenalynn, Turf Dad, DC Urban Dad and Daisy.
Oh and Blogger Dad, who tinkered with it and acted all Frankenstein on it and turned it into the monster that became the Blame Tara Meme.
And it’s from Blogger Dad’s pad that I tracked its progress. It went to Writer Dad who revealed his best ever gift as a child was “the Masters of the Universe Castle Greyskull set I got from Santa when I was five”. Genius!
But it was Patricia at Patricia’s Wisdom who continued to tag it as the Blame Tara Meme and then dared to list George Clooney as her hottest movie star. Two strikes there Pat. Tut.
She passed it on to Betsy at Passing Thru (“the most expensive things I’ve ever purchased have been experiences”) and Dot at Deeper Issues (“I have two butts” – really?)- another two wonderful women who reveal some great things about themselves.
Then it started taking me places I’d never really visited before. Welsh Scribe (Worst decision you ever made? Subscribing to Blogger Dad – woo hoo!), Kim at (Anti) Social Development, Kathy at Virtual Impax (who actually sparked this post off by charting the history of this meme), Jannie Funster (“I wear a full-body vintage girdle every day”) and Jay at Porsidan (“Once, I even tried to sell my soul to the Devil in exchange for being healed from my disability. Apparently, my soul wasn’t worth that much to Old Scratch”).
From there it went on to The Windows of the Soul, Keen Observer of the Human Condition, and it even inspired someone to actually set up a blog and start writing! Check out newcomer Jane at How I Like My Coffee.
And then I stopped chasing it because, well, I was fed up of being blamed for everything!
As memes go, I think it has been fantastic. I’ve visited blogs I probably never would ordinarily, I’ve spoken to some really lovely people and – what the whole thing set out to do – I’ve discovered a whole bunch of really interesting things about them.
My original rules were these: I’d really like to get to know you better. Answer these questions. Pass them on. End of.
So, I’m going to pass it on again.
This time to a bunch of wonderful (patient) people who haven’t seemed to cotton on to the fact that I’m not a very good bloggy friend.
They have tagged me and thrown awards at me like confetti and what do I do? I gather them in like some old miser shuffling them under my cyber rug and forget about them.
Actually, that’s a lie. I haven’t forgotten about a single one of them and today I’m going to make amends by:
a Listing all the lovely people who gave me awards and
b Giving them all my Blame Tara Meme to see just how far across the ether I can spread it!
Melanie at Experimental Mum
Amy at And 1 More Means 4 (who accused me of being crap. What? Oh, scrap. Oh, OK)
Mum Gone Mad
The Knit Box
And a huge thank you to the people who have listed me in their Top ranking British parenting blogger charts. Chuffed.
And in case you’re wondering, yes it did take me bloody ages to put this post together! x
Here are your questions:
1. Who is the hottest movie star?
2. Apart from your house and your car, what’s the most expensive item you’ve ever bought?
3. What’s your most treasured memory?
4. What was the best gift you ever received as a child?
5. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?
6. 4 words to describe yourself.
7. What was your highlight or lowlight of 2008?
8. Favourite film?
9. Tell me one thing I don’t know about you.
10. If you were a comic book/strip or cartoon character, who would you be?