Tali Keteri’s Social Media Meme Contest
The above meme was created by yours truly!
Last year I had the privilege of running and contributing to the writing, poetry, and blogging portion of IC awareness month for the IC- Network. This year, I decided that since the majority of time in September of 2013 was spent helping fellow ICers become more comfortable when writing or talking about the intricacies and personal sensitive nature of this condition, we should use our new found confidence to tell our stories to those who have no idea what IC is or what it entails. We need to spend our time creating awareness tactics that interest those people who would normally have no interest at all in something that doesn’t directly affect them. What better way to do so than to use a form of media that most can understand? I have spent a ton of time researching and monitoring what forms of social media go viral the most and have spent even more time developing different concepts for ICers to use during our awareness month to help get the word out. It is undeniable that memes have become commonplace in our social media outlets and that because they are easily shared, it is extremely beneficial to those in our position to use our own personal messages to create IC related memes that may prompt the outside world to put their best ear forward. (That sounded weird right? “Best ear forward”? I mean, I guess I feel that ears are like boobs. One boob is always bigger than the other (don’t be offended, it’s just nature)and I feel that one ear usually hears better than the other, if only in our mind… What? Our bodies are complex vessels. And clearly, I think too much… Anywho, I am excited to put this meme challenge on the table for those who want to use their wit, humor, bitterness, anger, and annoyance with this condition to have a little fun while trying to get the “outsiders” involved. I can’t wait to see what we all come up with.
Now on another note, I would love to make a contest out of this and offer up some prizes to the best IC awareness memes of 2014. I’m still working out the logistics of this but I would love to crown the memes that are the most :
publicly influential, witty, positive, bold & personal!!!
So, get creative.
Make a statement.
Don’t be afraid to use shock value.
But, just remember, the point is to be able to make these go viral. We want people to be able to share them over and over, either because they can relate or because they think our struggle is funny…or maybe because they don’t believe us…or maybe because they do and they had no idea that something like this existed but the funny cartoon in the meme made them need to read it and in turn prompted them to need to Google IC and its symptoms. It’s all about the buzz that we have the power to create. So remember, regardless of why or how they choose to share it, a share is a share is a share, and not everyone is going to understand this condition right off the bat. It will take time. But in order to explain how IC works, we need an audience willing to listen. We need to focus on one thing at a time.
Let’s create an IC interest..
We can teach them about it as we go.
Make it catchy
Make it real
Make it raw
Make it YOU
IC may have changed a lot of things about all of us, but we are still who we were before the pain started. It’s up to us to keep that part afloat.
Meme-esque frequently asked questions and concerns
What exactly is a meme?
A meme is:
- A cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a matter analogous to the biological transmission of genes
- A cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc, that is spread via the internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.
Great, but what IS it?
Here are some examples of popular memes you may have seen floating around the vast
webo-wildwest-ophere…I mean internet. (Don’t judge me. I have a bad habit of renaming things..mainly for my own amusement)
Ok, but how can we make this “meme” situation a useful resource of Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month?
Well, we can do this by simply tailoring the “tag lines” on these images, videos, gif’s. Etc., to fit our needs. As I have stated numerous times before, this age of social media requires us to think about awareness a bit differently in the sense that we have to change our approach to appeal to the masses. That being said, people love to share things on social media that make them laugh or even things that make them feel somewhat awkward. We have such a great opportunity to make them awkwardly laugh or even shock them so badly that they have to share with others because they can’t believe what they’re reading. I’m not trying to desensitize our issues, I’m simply saying that we need to use social media to our advantage and in order to do that we need to grab the attention of people who know nothing about our struggles. The best way to do that is to put it all out there. If they laugh at it, who cares? At least they read it and maybe shared it. That’s a few more people Googling IC or IC awareness month than there were 4 minutes ago. That is the goal. This is not the time for sensitivity!
Say we do want to take part in this challenge, how do we even start?
Because memes have become such a staple in the internet world it is very easy to design your own. But, if you’re new to the whole concept of making “the meme” here is the best website ( in my opinion) where you can try your hand and make some really effective sharable memes.
- www.someecards.com – I think this is where the majority of people make their memes. They have a great variety of old school, cartoony, and vintage images to choose from. All you need to do is pick a picture that suits you and add the words..oh, and share with everyone. All the time.
- There’s also Rotten E cards if you’d like to try another site
- Here’s an IC meme I found while searching on the site- I’m unsure of who made it originally but thanks a ton for such a great way to use humor and wit to expose the outside world to our pain.
What the hell do we put on these things?
In as few effective words as possible.
Example: you’re having a bad day because you dropped your coffee?I got up 26 times in the past 4 hours to try to pee and still look 6 months pregnant from the bloat
Your night was bad last night? Did you have to get up 26 times to try to pee? I thought not.
Do we have to put our names on them?
No, of course not. Every year I only ask people to divulge as much as they feel comfortable. If you want it to be anonymous but still want to be in the running for the contest you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we will be able to keep your post anonymous but keep you updated and involved in the running for the winning memes.
How many IC related memes can we submit?
As many as you’d like. The more options we have, the more shares we get, and the more shares we get, the more awareness occurs. Feel free to expand and post as many as you’d like. Also, feel free to post where ever you’d like.
Your own personal Facebook, IC related facebook groups, Twitter, pinterest, IC-network , IC Ramblings, news stations, etc. If you think you can post somewhere where people will willingly pick it up, post it. And then post it again. This is the month we’re allowed to be annoying and obnoxious. It’s all about us. I mean really? What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll say they’re not interested? That’s a better chance then taking none at all. Keep talking.