Following the Blame Tara Meme around the blogosphere

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!

They are:
That Girl
Sandy Calico
Clarey Babble
Melanie at Experimental Mum
New Mummy
Maternal Tales
Pippa D
Rebel Mother
Amy at And 1 More Means 4 (who accused me of being crap. What? Oh, scrap. Oh, OK)
Mum Gone Mad
The Knit Box
Hadriana’s Treasures
Jo Beaufoix

And a huge thank you to the people who have listed me in their Top ranking British parenting blogger charts. Chuffed.
Tots 100

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?

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21 Responses to Following the Blame Tara Meme around the blogosphere

  1. Mrs OMG Pregnant says:

    I like your style… chasing your own meme about! Im off to visit some of these sites now as I have not heard of some before :0)

  2. Patricia says:

    Tara,Thank you for the shout out – I thought it was called the Blame Tara MEME when I got it from Blogger Dad and the questions were so outstanding that I got lots of great comments on that post. Thank you.What a great idea to follow it around and give it more life and energy – and people actually did the meme because your very POPULAR, Award receiving name was on it….I just saw Harry Potter and I thought there was good acting there – Alan Rickman impresses me because he sponsored the Presentations about Rachel Corrie and wrote a play from her journal (she was bulldozed over in Gaza protecting a Pharmacists family and home) She was my oldest child's best friend since age 3…I am not sure I spelled his name correctly, SNAPE in the movie.George Clooney is doing lots of good work in our area for the environment and human rights/reference chemical poluters. I am impressed with these people on the whole not just acting. So I guess I am not always wise…but folks liked your questions better than most other memes there's another good word.Heading to the UK tomorrow, maybe you will cut the two strikes against me and we might run into each other? I am planning to see the Crown Jewels while in London at the Tower of London not at the porn site by that name – as Selfish Blogger gave me the correct URL – thank goodness for that.I am giving away some fun freebies tomorrow while I am gone…and Jannie Funster is doing a guest post too…May be I'll pick up speed by taking a vacation!Happy Holiday

  3. MelRox says:

    Memes are such Fun! btw, your last post (Review:Harry Potter and the Half Bloo Prince)Facinating movie…

  4. MelRox says:

    oops! I forgot the 'D'! Lol!!!

  5. Dancinfairy says:

    What an interesting post. Sometimes these memes are like chinese whispers, moving across the internet being slightly changed by each place they land. Cannot wait to read everyone's replies to your questions as well.

  6. b says:

    Fab post lots of great new blogs to check out.

  7. Maternal Tales says:

    Oh no – tagged again!!! But I might pretend it's not really me (no one will know cos it says Maternity Tales instead). Hee hee. Do you think I might get away with it??

  8. @ Maternal Tales: I don't know what you're taling about. It looks fine to me . . . (cough cough, quickly change it in Blogger)

  9. vered says:

    So, memes are definitely contagious. 🙂

  10. A Lawyer Mom's says:

    Glad to see memes are the miasma, the quicksand, a bloggy step-child. Because when I get one I feel . . . well, more weird than thankful. Probably because I'm not a big "tag-you're-it-link-to-me" person. At all. So all my memes are non-spawning. To make matters worse, I still don't know what "meme" means.

  11. Hadriana says:

    OK. Yes. Not a great fan of memes either but I'll give this one a go because I think I'm turning into one very grouchy blogger. I blame the diet! Hx

  12. Jessica says:

    Because you probably wasted hours of your life tracking this down and linking all the blogs I am going to jump in on this with both feet. 🙂

  13. clareybabble says:

    Oooh thanks for tagging me, might take a while to get round to it though…well done on all the awards! x

  14. Mom/Mum says:

    Love the idea of you chasing your meme around blog-o-sphere! V funny and a great idea fo a post. Am off to catch up on your other posts. Have been a lapsed reader of late – soz!

  15. confused homemaker says:

    I love your blog & am giving out awards (found you originally through SITS) if you want to claim your lovely virtual award come by:)

  16. @ Jessica: You are an angel – and so true to your word. I swear she had it up within hours!@ Mom/Mum: Is that really you or just a figment of my imagination? Where have you BEEN!@Confused homemaker: Thank you so much and always always happy to claim awards! x

  17. Theknitbox says:

    Ahem, like I'm any better at getting back to tags! Been on holiday and just seen your comment. Very funny about the knitting 🙂 So, I won't try to convince you to attempt a pair of socks on no less than 4 needles just yet…Good luck with your meme, wow I couldn't take it on. Will give it a go, though as it's one of the nicest I've come across. Thanks for tagging – love your blog no end. x

  18. Loukia says:

    I answered these questions on my blog after someone tagged me! So fun!!! Best meme I've done in a while!

  19. Just got this meme from Metropolitan Mum and followed it back here. While they are scary – such pressure – I will be answering the questions and posting to the blog today. I am glad I found you. I am following. If people spit up their coffee because you are so funny I want to be like them. Laughing. Except without the coffee on my clothes.

  20. Becca says:

    Wow, that was cool to read the whole history. Thanks for sharing!

  21. gaelikaa says:

    Hi Tara, I enjoyed doing that meme a few weeks back and got a load of great comments for my answers too. I was tagged by Clareybabble and passed it on to MelRoXx, from whom the 'Sunday Stealing' guy pinched it. We've been having some fun in their comment box. Apparently, they cannot believe how possessive we are about this meme!

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