When I first started blogging I would see the word “meme”.

Not knowing what it meant, I looked it up.

Wikipedia says:

A meme (pronounced /meem/)[1][rhymes with dream] consists of any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that gets transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another……

When you hear the word meme, it’s often in conjunction with the phrase, “I was tagged”. That means the blogger was “tagged” (as in the game of tag) and it’s now time for the “taggee” (is that a word?) to share five, seven or ten random things about themselves that no one (in blogosphere) knows.

It’s an interesting concept, and teaches the readers of a blog a little more about the author.

Today’s Lesson

I’ve been asked several times if I wanted to participate in a meme. I’ve always said I wasn’t interested.

Memes aren’t conductive to a lot of blogs, and at the time I turned down the offers, I didn’t feel they would be a good fit for mine.

Now that my readership is growing and more of my visitors are commenting, I decided to put my own spin on a meme.

If this is well received, it will be my first “Monthly Mini Meme” (MMM).

Instead of exposing numerous things about myself, each month I will share one random thing (about myself), and will be asking my readers to do the same.

So here goes…..

I’ve never given birth to a child but I have kids and grandkids.

To explain…I am married to the father of four children who have blessed us the 13 grandchildren.

Our grandchildren range in age from 22 to 4.

Today’s Assignment

Now it’s your turn.

What’s one thing about yourself no one in blogosphere knows (yet)?

You’ve got the floor. Have fun! πŸ™‚

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  1. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!

    I have an identical twin sister. I don’t talk about her much because I keep the personal lives of my family and friends out of my blogs- unless you are my children and then I wax poetic about our latest struggles.

    She’s a lawyer and we’re very close. It’s been very hard being away from her while living here in Guam but I know we’ll be together soon.

    I love the idea of this mini meme!

    Dr.Casons last blog post..The Power of Positivity

  2. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I too didn’t know what meme meant and had to look it up and forget about being tagged, I was confused.

    I think I’m memed out when it comes to telling personal stuff about myself. I’ve done about 5 memes and most of what I can share is already on the table.

    Let me see….I’m right handed, but I also can write with my left hand.

    Naturals last blog post..Friends and Money

  3. Memes are tricky. If they get out of control they get ignored or even worse, people’s eyes role when they see it. I was a part of a meme with my last blog. It was personal development blogs all passing on the growing list to each other. The last time I saw it was a couple months ago and there was close to 500 blogs listed. There was just too many in the list to really help anyone.

    They can be a good thing because they can teach people about each other. The more we learn about one another the stronger a group becomes.

    I’ve practiced Yoga for 12 years. It’s helped me enjoy more of every moment.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matterss last blog post..We All Want to Go Where Everyone Knows Our Name

  4. Dr. Cason, is your avatar you or your sister? πŸ™‚

    Something about myself, let’s see…I know how to say “What do you think I am, an idiot?” in Hungarian.

    Hunter Nuttalls last blog post..I’m In β€œThe Last Lecture,” Page 184

  5. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    That’s great to hear you and your twin will be reunited soon. Sisters can be great friends.

    Hi Natural,

    I’m still laughing at you doing half of a meme, and calling it a “me”. πŸ™‚

    Hi Karl,

    Memes can get out of control, but I like that they do reveal a little bit more about the authors of the blogs we frequent.

    Much has been written about the great benefits of yoga.

    Hi Hunter,

    That’s funny. How did you learn Hungarian?

  6. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara: I have a post on my blog on 50 things I’ve already done, and another post on 50 things I want to do, so I actually have a lot of information on myself out there. I was able to come up with something, though: I have the DVD’s of all the Harry Potter movies that have come out and I’ve watched each one over ten times.

  7. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Marelisa,

    I’ve seen those posts and you have shared a lot about you and your life with your readers.

    So are you saying, you’re also Harry Potter fan? hehe πŸ˜†

  8. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    lol @ Hunter.

    I served as lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces.

    Vereds last blog post..Not Sure I Am Ready To Be 37

  9. No Limit Texas Hold Em Poker brings out a side of me that only comes out in strategic competition.

    I Like Mini Meme there it has kind of a sinister ring to it – like Mini Me. πŸ™‚

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  10. Hmmm . . . I’m so new to the blogginggame, the only thing anyone knows about me (if they read my blog) is that I have a really messy basement, ADD-esque tendencies, and a daughter who gives new meaning to “pack rat”!

    So something new. . . I’m very short (for an American), just 5 feet tall.

    Ann at One Bag Nations last blog post..Clutter & All or Nothing Thinking

  11. I’m on the fence about this. To what extent should you tell the world about yourself, your life, and all that. I have a few people in the blogosphere I have gotten to know on some level, like you Barbara, but at the same time hundreds of more people come across my blog and will be reading these things about me.

    I do tell a little about myself in my “about John” page so I guess I feel it’s ok to some extent.

    I guess it’s a “worried acceptance.”

    Ok, something about me, hmmm . . .

    I’m left handed and favor my left leg/foot, but I am a switch hitter when it comes to baseball.

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  12. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Vered,

    WOW, that’s a great accomplishment!

    Hi Tom,

    So have you been on TV yet? You could be a star.

    Hi Ann,

    From reading your blog, I’m guessing you’re short and sweet. πŸ™‚

  13. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi John,

    You’re not alone in being hesitant about sharing personal details online. Some stuff should be kept private.

    Seems I hear that quite often… left handed people being switch hitters in baseball.

  14. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also very impressed by the fact that Vered served as lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces. I guess we all need to think twice before messing with her, huh πŸ™‚

  15. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Marelisa,

    We sure do. πŸ™‚

  16. I think it’s because the world has been created for right-handers. The reason I’m a switch hitter is because when I first learned to hit that’s how they made me stand.

    It was only a while later they figured, “hey, that kid should be standing the other way . . . he’s left handed!”


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  17. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi John,

    How difficult that must have been to learn how to bat right handed, when it wasn’t a “natural” stance for you. I think it’s good that we’re now seeing more concessions made for left handed people.

  18. I’m with you on the meme thing .. I don’t really see how to tie it in my blog most of the time. But this – this Barbara is quite clever πŸ™‚


    Well, I taught myself how to read and play classical music on the piano. I own one now in fact..
    I surprised the heck out of the music department at my college this year when I had to audition just to be allowed to take lessons πŸ™‚

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  19. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi JEMi,

    You are a young girl with many talents.

    Maybe in the future, you can create a video and share your musical abilities with us, your readers. You think? πŸ™‚

  20. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been tagged so many times for these that I’m running out of things that no one knows about me. When I read a blog that has a meme I secretly hope they don’t pick me. Let’s see, what haven’t I shared that I don’t MIND people knowing? Hmm.

    I’ve got somewhat of a water phobia. I can swim, but not great. I prefer to float on a raft and I have to plug my nose to jump in the pool or get in slowly. I don’t care to get my hair wet which drives my family crazy and you will see the wrath of me if you splash me. Don’t even try it. I don’t think it’s funny! Not even a little. It makes me angry just thinking of it.

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  21. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    Um yes you do.


  22. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Debbie,

    I know you have been tagged many times.

    I’m not tagging anyone, but I’m glad you decided to play along.

    I promise not to splash you. πŸ™‚

    LOL Vered

  23. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – This is a great idea. I already did the 8 things about me a while ago, so I’m struggling to think of another.

    Lets see – I’m not a lover of heights. The first time I went on a cruise ship, I almost fainted when I stepped out onto the balcony. I had not realised how high up I was going to be.

    Cath Lawsons last blog post..Are You In The Business Of Misery

  24. Barbara, I just learned that one Hungarian phrase in 11th grade English class. I don’t remember why, I guess it was just something they threw in.

    Everyone watch out for Lt. Vered!

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  25. Cousin Barbara,

    Before moving to North Carolina I really wasn’t a devotee of bluegrass music. It seems that just by crossing the state line and setting up residency, I’ve received a great gift. So now I can’t hear enough of it.


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  26. Wow!!! Reading the comments of others, I thought of several things that I could share. Guess, I will just have to pick one.

    According to most people at my church which is very small with a membership of less than 100 people, I make a very good Board member for running the church. I hate it and refuse to do it again because I don’t like the overly analytical, negative part of me that comes out very strongly when I am on the Board. I forget to be tactful. My honesty then can be hurtful.

    I don’t do all of the memes that I have been asked to do. I like your idea of sharing just one thing about yourself each month and asking your readers to do the same.

  27. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Catherine,

    I remember when you did the eight things, and trying to come up with so many things is difficult and time consuming.

    Heights, I’m not of lover of them either. Yikes!!!!

    Hi again Hunter,

    Now I’m curious what your meme for next month will be. πŸ™‚

    Hi Cousin Kaye,

    Bluegrass is beautiful music, especially if we take the time to really hear the instruments.

    Hi Patricia,

    I like your quote about being too honest. That can get us in trouble at times if we’re not careful.

    I’m glad to hear you like the monthly mini meme idea. It’s a lot easier to come up with one at a time.

    Now everyone will have a month to come up with another one. πŸ™‚ I’ll run this series at the beginning of each month in the future, so mark your calenders.

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