Monday February 2, 2004

180 Degrees of Separation

There's an interesting meme making the rounds. It (usually) has 100 questions (although I found a spur with 50). It starts with a list of statements about the person whose blog it's on. The rules are:
  1. Copy the whole list into your journal/diary/blog.
  2. Bold only the things that you have in common with the original poster.
  3. Whatever you didn't bold, replace with things about you.
It's an interesting meme in that it can morph at an incredibly rapid rate. I tried to track it to its source; it was easier to find the source of the Nile! I think the meme must have started spontaneously from a few people who created "100 Things About me" lists... and other people used those as starter sets, creating a meme.

So, since I couldn't find the source, I decided to start my own source and begin a new tree. In a way, I'm breaking the rules. In another way, I'm following them to a greater length.

First, I googled for people that I was already similar to in one important way. Specifically, I googled for the first line of the rules plus the phrase "I love cats" or "I'm a cat person". I chose four (very different) lists, which I have posted. I then chose a 5th list from a woman who has a fair amount in common with me but wasn't playing the meme game; her list seems to be an original "100 Things" list.

Finally, I created my own list of 100 things about me by mixing and matching from those five lists. The result is all about me, and also shows how much I have in common with the original 5.

I enjoyed the exercise. If you decide to play, please leave a comment or send me a note to let me know so I can come visit and see how much we have in common.

180 Degrees of Separation ( in category Memes & Prompts , Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Mon, 02 Feb, 17:03 Pacific | «e»