Don’t get all excited! No, this isn’t me doing an In My Mailbox post.
A blogger tracks the books they received during the week: books from publishers, picked up from the library, etc. The blogger does one post listing all those books that were “in the mailbox” that week. Not books read, not books reviewed, but books received.
Typically, the post is done on a Sunday. The Story Siren (who originated In The Mailbox and was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie) hosts the round up of all these posts. Which just means that the blogger goes there and leaves a link to their post. Blog readers have one handy place where they can find all the In The Mailbox posts rounded up and can click through to read them.
I’ll be honest — don’t expect to be seeing any In My Mailbox posts here. Why? Time. Or rather, lack of it. I just don’t have the time to put together the post. Especially videos! But that is just fear of seeing myself on camera, more than the imagined hours of time I think it would take to get even five seconds where I don’t hate my voice.
I can see the appeal of In My Mailbox. It is one way to track incoming books. For those bloggers who may get more books than they have time to review, it’s a way of mentioning books that they may not otherwise have the time to blog about. As The Story Siren explains, “IMM was not made to “show-off” or cause jealousy among bloggers.” By posting about what was received that week it’s a way for other bloggers to get a sense of what new books are floating around out in the blogosphere. Bottom line, to quote myself from a year or so ago, In My Mailbox is “a very clever, entertaining way to share new and upcoming titles with people.”
Do you participate in In My Mailbox? Why, or why not? As a reader, what do you like best about it?
If you want more information on memes check out The Daily Meme. Please let me know about other young adult book blogger memes in the comments, and I’ll highlight them in future posts. Who knows, at some point I may even join in!