Do You Reblog?

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Some people reblog a lot, some people don’t.  There’s no right or wrong – it’s just a matter of personal choice.  The big argument for reblogging is that it’s a way of showing recognition and appreciation for other bloggers’ work.

Personally, I’m not a big reblogger.  I don’t think there is one way that is “better” overall but I feel like limited reblogging works best for me and my blog.

The one kind of post that I will pretty much always reblog, though, is if someone has a book coming out or if they’re having a promotional day for their book.  I also like to link to other bloggers in posts if they’ve written something recently that gave me an idea for a post, but I’ll include this as a link in my post rather than do a reblog of their post.

Why I generally don’t reblog

I’ve got a few reasons for my own choice to not reblog much overall. Most of them have a lot to do with how I read blogs, even though that shouldn’t necessarily have much to do with anything.

One is that I want my blog to be focused on my own content and the content from my emerging blogger guest blogging series.  I’m a very organized person, and I rely on that organization to help manage the fact that I get very easily overwhelmed because of my illness.  Throwing in reblogs along with my own posts would put extra strain on my organization system (and my head).

I also tend to assume that a lot of us follow the same group of people.  That may or may not be correct, but I tend to assume that posts I read are already showing up in other people’s feeds anyway.

The role of the WordPress Reader

I do almost all of my blog reading via the WordPress Reader.  I pick up where I left off and work my way up to the most recent.  I like my Reader feed to be a fairly neat and tidy place.  When someone I follow posts something, then perhaps five other people I follow reblog it, it feels like the post is starting to strangle my feed.  And this is an entirely separate issue, but I sometimes unfollow people whose blogs I would otherwise read because it feels like their ultra-frequent posting has hijacked my feed.  People can certainly run their blogs as they see fit, but at the same time I’ll take steps to manage my feed to optimize my own WordPress experience.

Another factor is that I don’t end up reading many of the reblogs that turn up in my feed.  Often it’s because I’ve already seen the original post.  In other instances, it’s a time management issue.  As it is I already spend a lot of time reading the bloggers I’m already following, so reading reblogs or links people post to external articles they haven’t written aren’t high on my priority list for managing my own time.

A somewhat odd quirk of WordPress is that when you upgrade to the business plan, you lose the ability to have a reblog button.  You have to install a plugin that allows for a “press this” button, which is similar to the reblog feature.  Why this is the case I really don’t know, but I guess it’s just one of those things.

Other bloggers’ takes on reblogging

Suzi from My Colourful Life recently raised the issue of being reblogged by a site that you’d rather not be on.  That’s a potential problem that inherently goes along with having a reblog (or a “press this”) button on your site.  You have no control over how your post may get distributed.  It’s not a copyright issue, because a reblog just displays an excerpt, but sometimes it’s nice to have more control.  There have been a couple of instances I’ve asked people to take down reblogs because I wanted the post to stay fairly contained.

A couple of bloggers I follow, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess and Rory of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip, do quite a bit of reblogging, and it’s a great way of showing their fantastic community spirit. So there really is no right or wrong; it all comes down to what works for your blog.

What’s your opinion or approach when it comes to reblogging?

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46 thoughts on “Do You Reblog?”

  1. I’ve always been on the fence with reblogging myself. For one, with a free plan, I limited media and when you reblog an article, the media included now clogs your media depot. I will, however, reblog if I feel the message is important and needs to be spread but like you, I tend to write my own post and include links. Great topic.

  2. I do reblog for reasons behind my own series “Working on Us” – to share the experience of what other bloggers face. I also reblog out of respect and appreciation for the hard work a blogger puts into a post, (Example: Research in order to inform/educate their readers). OR, I share talented bloggers creative side, again for appreciation towards their craft.
    Not all bloggers have the same audience, and this is why I share what I do. Again, it’s more than less out of respect.

  3. I don’t reblog. Look at me, new here and already opinionated 🙂 No, I never thought about it is more honest. What I do is, when I come across a nice blog, I’ll tweet it. Then I’ll see al the blogs in my profile. I have 7 followers on Twitter, not to worry there! But your post made me think about the reblog button. I don’t like for my content to go everywhere. Maybe tweeting is not ok either? I didn’t know that this Blogging thing is so complicated! For me at least … 🙂

  4. I loved when people would reblog my stuff when I had the personal WordPress; however, like you, I don’t reblog because I have a very specific audience and target for my business blog. I think if I posted more than twice weekly, I’d have people unfollow.

  5. I don’t really reblog, although I don’t have a strong feelings either way. I like my blog to be my own space for my own ideas. Plus, while my blog is mental health-focused, I read a mixture of blogs: mental health, autism,politics, Jewish, Doctor Who fan. I doubt that people reading my blog want to see anything of the last three or even four. These days I also tend to prefer reading and writing personal blogs (“This is what I did today while struggling with X”)) over more abstract arguments (“This is an essay about X”), and those are less reblogable anyway (if that’s even a word).

  6. I personally haven’t reblogged anything as of yet. Not sure if I will reblog since I hadn’t given it much thought before. I do like the idea of mentioning the person and linking in post like you said. It seems like that;s a good way of adding more to the topic while still sharing a good post from someone else.

  7. I don’t reblog too much on my site, because as you’ve stated, my blog is for work related to myself. I don’t want to “water down” my content by reblogging content that has nothing to do with my writings or my theme. I am part of “Scribblers Arena” though, and I often use it as a tool to share other author’s work with the world. I also try to give back to my community through my Behind the Author series and some collaborations. I feel it’s more organic and it takes more effort. Great post.

  8. I used to reblog more at the beginning of my blogging journey with my current blog, I often would even just wander around WordPress and actively look for interesting posts and blogs outside of my feed, and reblog things that I felt were either very interesting or relatable for me, or could be for my readers. I felt like that was a cool way to find some new blogs to follow and show the bloggers my appreciation in some way, and also get more people to my blog. I tried to especially reblog posts from blogs that didn’t seem to have much traffic, because although my blog was far from having high stats, some sharing can always help I guess. Now I don’t reblog quite as often. I agree with you that usually there’s a lot of mutual following in the blogosphere and that very likely people who read my blog, might also have read what I’d reblog. I think for me it’s especially true in regard to mental health related content. I’d say my blog isn’t focused on one particular topic but since mental health is definitely a big part of it, of my life and one of my interests, naturally a lot of my posts are more or less mental health related, and so most of my readers are also mental health bloggers or having mental health issues, especially that the mental health community on WordPress is so dynamic. Hence, I try to reblog more posts that are focused on other topics that are of interest for me, so that it seems more likely that my readers haven’t stumbled upon those posts yet and might perhaps enjoy. And also I suppose that’s a good idea to expose your blog to people whose niche of writing is also interesting for me but of which niche I don’t have very many followers, like for example baby naming.

  9. I think I have reblogged once or twice, but very rarely. I would rather support my other bloggers in other ways. I truly appreciate it when others reblog me, but I only do so if I really feel the content will fit my blog and can stand alone without the context of the original blogger/blog behind it.

  10. I’m not a big reblogger, something has to really touch me for me to share it forward. So I guess being reblogged by me is a huge compliment.

  11. 🙂 I am all about posting original content on my blog; which is one of the reasons why I do not reblog anyone else’s work.

    As a matter of fact, I do not even reblog my own work!

    When I came back to WordPress last year, I removed the “Reblog” button to prevent anyone (or myself) from reblogging my work.

    A few months after, I added the “Reblog” button back to the list of my sharing buttons.

  12. I reblog a fair amount. The ones I choose to reblog usually ‘spark’ a post of my own, and I want credit for the idea to go to the proper person. If someone is bothered by that practice and asks, I’d certainly take their link off my own post, but would probably still credit them for the idea. On one hand it’s a tribute – showing honor for someone whose writing I admire. On the other hand it might be perceived as next door to plagiarism I suppose. Up to the individual though.

  13. I’ve never reblogged! Until now, I wasn’t sure what it meant! 😀 In a community sense, I’d rather “like” a post, comment on it, and do pingbacks.

  14. I used to reblog much more than I did now. In large part, it’s because I’ve come to realize that my readers, based on viewership, like, and comment numbers, seem to prefer reading my own content on my blog over others’ content on my blog (not a surprise). That being said, I’ve always been exploring ways to give recognition to bloggers I like, even considering having a “bloggers I like” page on my blog. Reblogging other bloggers is, for me, a good way of giving that recognition.

  15. Hi… Interesting post. Reblogging is not something I had considered really (but I’m a bit of a novice) as I’d like my blog to be my own work. I put links to other blogs sometimes but that’s completely different, as you say.

  16. I see bloggers who reblog like 3 times a week, and I don’t think that’s for me. I do it if it’s a post I believe needs to be seen more. I might do it a few times a month, but it depends. Great post!

  17. Sometimes I reblog a great post but like someone else said, I don’t like how that clogs up my media library. On the free plan after all.

    I think I generally prefer quoting the post while stating it’s an excerpt and linking. 🙂

    I would be pretty skeeved out by the experience Susi described. I already don’t like that I’ve weird followers who KEEP refollowing.

  18. I prefer to write my own content, but occasionally I find a blog that I like just the way it was written or it’s a recipe and I want to share it intact. I do this rarely, and I ask permission first. In almost all cases, it’s given.

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