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.
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 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.
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.
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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