Six Word Memoir

Meme - (pronounced /miːm/) At its most basic, an Internet meme is simply the propagation of a digital file or hyperlink from one person to others using methods available through the Internet (for example, email, blogs, social networking sites, instant messaging, etc.).
Blogging memes usually ask the blogger to answer a question - or a series of questions about themselves as a means of self-promotion, then are propagated by having the writer list (or "tag") several other blogs to complete the same topic - asking that person to "tag" several more... And so on, and so on...

I am not a HUGE fan of the memes... I think of them as the "Chain Letters" of the digital era... But, on the other hand, I think some of them can be fun... They can (after all) give you a glimpse into the mind and thoughts of the blogger - without the usual "event" that (in my case) triggers a post...

I started this blog as a means for my children to someday look into to the past, and see who their Dad was, what made him tick, and why he did (or did not do) the things he did do (or did not do).

I use that formula (will this tell my children more about ME after I'm dead and gone) to determine if the meme is worth the work... (But, they are always a good way to get past a blogging "block" or a "rut"!)

So, when Dobeman from PostulatesAndPasttimes tagged me for a meme, my first instinct was "uh-oh". But, as I read his reply, and started contemplating it, I thought that this particular meme fit into my formula, and would not be all that difficult to write - so I decided to take this one on.

The rules are as follows....
- Write your own six word memoir.
- Post it to your blog including a visual illustration if you would like.
- Link to the person who tagged you in your post.
- Link to this original post if possible so it can be tracked as it travels across the blogsphere
- Tag 5 more blogs with links
- Leave a comment in the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

Upon a little investigation... This meme seems to either trace back to, or stem from a project by Smith Magazine called "Six Words". The "Six Words" project led to a book titled "Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure" - By Larry Smith

Now that I have completed it, I am glad I did this one! I took a short personal inventory as I thought this topic over for the past couple of days. I came up with two words I felt I wanted to use, and from there it was easy! So, without further ado, I present to the world my "Six Word Memoir"...

"Surviving mediocrity, diligently battling for sanity."

"Mediocrity" and "Sanity" being the two key words I wanted to work off of...

I will complete the first four of the six "rules", but I am not fond of "tagging" others to compete these memes... Instead, I will list a few bloggers that I know I would enjoy seeing how they would write as a "Six Word Memoir". THIS IS ONLY A SUGGESTION! By no means should any of these people feel obligated in any way, shape, or form to write this meme.. If they choose to ignore this, I wont loose any sleep, and I hope they wont either!

Again, without feeling guilty for this (because after all you can feel free to ignore it) - I'd LOVE to see a "Six Word Memoir" from (in alphabetic order)...

Now, if you did not make the list... PLEASE do not feel bad, or take any offense... Nope... I tried to "mix it up" a bit... I have a couple of "regulars" along with a couple of "less than regulars"... I know some people LOVE being "tagged" and others who HATE being "tagged". I tried my best to avoid the known "tag haters" out there. If I was wrong - please forgive me.

If, on the other hand, I was wrong and you LOVE being tagged, and REALLY want to complete this meme... Consider yourself (voluntarily) tagged by me...

For what it's worth... This really was a fun meme to complete!

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