Why Allow Re-blogging?

Re-blogging and other sharing options are important to getting and maintaining blog readership. Re-blog is a powerful tool. Only recently have I come to appreciate the power of allowing my posts to be shared by others. Along the way, I have also learned other things that may be helpful to WordPress bloggers. So I am sharing my thoughts on sharing options.

For the past several days, I’ve been wondering about the re-blog option on my site and why it is absent from several of my favorite sites. For starters, I have been wondering how to turn “re-blog” on/off. I’ve looked at the settings, sharing options, customizations, and several other places, and can’t figure out where one goes to control re-blogging. Oh, well. I don’t want to change the oprion on my page; I just wanted to know how to do it. That’s because I have come to appreciate the power of re-blogging.

(Later, I’ll check out the help facility and user forums, if I can find them.Doing so now takes me away from this page.)

At some point during the past few weeks, I began to notice that a few of the sites I follow have no re-blog option. Two sites are by published authors, Libby Sommer and Don Massenzio. Libby shares some wonderful posts about her own writing experiences and provides some excellent advice. Don does the same, but adds book reviews, author interviews, and tips that he re-blogs from other writers. For reasons I don’t quite understand, neither author has a re-blog option on their sites. (The best I can do to share their posts is to copy and share the link to a post on my laptop, since I can’t seem to do that on my iPad. And I am on my iPad a lot more often than I am on my laptop these days.)

Until a month or so ago, I was not convinced that re-blogging is a good way to go, especially when privacy concerns are considered. However, WordPress does an excellent job of maintaining my privacy, even on this public site. After reading a few posts that advise re-blogging,  I took a chance and started sharing posts about writing and blogging tips that are interesting to me. The reason I started sharing is, because a few bloggers re-blogged several of my own posts, readership on my blog increased. When I began re-blogging others’ posts, readership increased even more. It really is the case that, as blogger  Roberta Pimpentel stated in one of her posts, “when I help you, you help me.”

As I stated above, WordPress does a great job regarding privacy of individual bloggers. Options and plug-ins such as Akismet and Gravator help protect you even more. Akismet, for example,keeps posts with more than 3 links (the default maximumm, which can be modified up or down) from showing up in your Reader listings. Gravatar protects your identy by steering inquiries about who you are to a site that allows you to control what you share with visitors to your site (these go above and beyond WordPress’s controls). So the fear of exposing personal information during re-blogging, or in allowing your posts to be re-blogged, can be minimized and controlled by you. And your readership can grow a lot faster.

So far, I have not re-blogged poems or stories by poets and writers that I especially liked. One of the reasons I haven’t done this is because I get nightly emails of bloggers I follow. The emails often contain the entire post, and include a link for comments on the posting. If I like a particular post, I need to visit the site itself to “like” it. The problem with this is that, if the blogger posts more than one item during a 24-hour period, including re-blogs, all the posts are contained in a single email (or those are my settings to keep all the day’s posts together and to prevent a gajillion emails from WordPress). You might think this is a good thing, until you think about how people react to emails. What I do is link to the site that shows up first, “like” it, and maneuver back to my email to see what the next blogger has to offer without paging down to see if the blogger posted anything else that day. When more than one post has been made by a single blogger, and especially when I am reading my email on a mobile device (which is more and more the case), I often don’t even know that there are other posts to read because they are off my email reading screen–especially since the whole page is included in the notification message (including comments and the page footers, which can tke up a lot of message space). Because the posts are “listed” in reverse order of when they were posted, I may miss the author’s most important posts for the day. So the advantages of the email notifications are good in that I do not miss posts from bloggers I follow and all the posts are together in my email. The disadvantage is that I may miss something important to me because of the clutter. Since some of the blogs I follow often re-blog ten or more posts in a single day, even reading the notifications on my laptop means I might miss an important post.

The advantage Reader lists lies not only with keeping one up to speed on the blogs one follows, but also allows the ability to re-blog or like a post directly from Reader if the author allows it. For me, this ability is especially time-saving when I want to share or re-blog a post later. If I re-blog every post I like or want to share as I come to it, my own fresh post would most likely be buried among all the re-blogged posts. Re-blogging later allows me to control which of today’s posts lead the email notifications.

Because I allow re-blogging and liking from Reader, I can assume that some readers will like or share my post based on the introductory sentences that appear on my post. That helps me make my writing a bit tighter because I want the reader to know what this post is about. When I think about the purpose of the new post, I lead with that. If I start with greetings or explanations that don’t deal with the topic, most readers may simply bypass my latest post without visiting my page. Sometimess I forget to lead with the topic, and few people visit my site on those days. but that’s a topic for a different day.

Try experimenting with re-blogging others’ posts and allowing your own posts to be re-blogged. See how it works for you.

Happy (re-)blogging!



About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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22 Responses to Why Allow Re-blogging?

  1. When I re-blog posts by other people those get more “likes” and attention than my personal posts. I don’t get offended or depressed by it. I actually feel better that I may have shown someone “new” to the other bloggers.
    I can probably count my followers on two hands but through those few I have found some quality bloggers.

  2. spudbudette says:

    Reblogged this on spudbudette and commented:
    Great idea.

  3. That’s really weird. I don’t block the reblog option at all. Others do reblog my posts successfully. This may be a WordPress quirk.

    • DrEMiller says:

      I think it is, Don. I need to check if I can re-blog your stuff from my PC. There are simply things I can do on a PC that I can’t do from any tablet–or my Surface, for that matter. At least from the PC, I can easily copy the web address and use it as a link to your blog. My iPod software may be a bit different, too, because it was purchased outside of the US. We will see. Thanks for your comment here. I just want you to know that I really do want to share your stuff, but can’t. Somehow, I can now re-blog Libby’s stuff.

      • Please let me know. I’ll check into it on my end as well.

        • DrEMiller says:

          I will, when I get on the PC again. Thanks!

        • DrEMiller says:

          From my PC, I just re=blogged the “novel to short story” post. My only option was to use Press This. That removed your information and re-blogged directly from the author’s site. I never left your site to share it. Even when I look at your original posts, I only see the Press This option–no “re-blog” button. Very strange.

          • DrEMiller says:

            It’s not even a function of whether someone has the Press This option. There are lots of sites where both the PT and the re-blog buttons show up. Now I need to see where a comment shows up when I use the PT option. I may be able to give the re-blogger credit and a link on the PC. It could also be that the Press This option was an old Google plug-in, or an older WP plug-in. I give up, though. Obviously, to re-blog from some sites I will need to use Press This. (Sigh)

  4. depatridge says:

    Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog and commented:
    It is your allowance of re-blogging that made me appreciate your thoughts and sharing same. Thanks

  5. Pingback: Why Allow Re-blogging? — Write of Passage | Libby Sommer

  6. Libby Sommer says:

    thank you so much for your informative post, as always. excellent info. and thanks for mentioning my Writing Life blog. i do have a sharing button. it comes up on the Reader and also at the end of my posts. i often have a ‘read more’ option on the post and the Share button is at the end of the post. takes an extra click and some scrolling to find. yes, like you, i find it quicker to Like and Comment from the Reader. as a new blogger, i have felt nervous about trying out the Share button on other people’s posts, but will do so now. Libby

    • DrEMiller says:

      Hi, Libby. It’s possible that the problem is with my software, but I see sharing options only on pages that aren’t associated with your posts. For example, I can share your contact page, but not your posts. Go figure. I thought maybe it was just on my iPad, but I wasn’t seeing those options on my laptop today, either. Your posts are really great, and I get frustrated when I can’t re-blog them from my iPad.
      Not all functions are available to me on the iPad, but some of that might be as much a function of my location as device interfaces. I live in a small, formerly Dutch island country in the Caribbean, and there seem to be several restrictions put on us that are not in place for other countries.
      I’m glad others can see the sharing options, though!
      The same goes for posts on Don’s page. Some things I can share; others I can’t. And there is no consistency, such as the option not being available for Reader listings but only from the blog site, or only non-re-blogged posts can be re-blogged. I can like his posts on Reader, though, but I can’t for your site. I will figure it out as I investigate sharing options, I hope. Thanks for letting me know about your sharing options, though. I don’t know why I am not seeing them. Now I need to figure out if the same sharing and liking inconsistencies are on all my devices or just certain ones.

    • DrEMiller says:

      I had to laugh–
      After our comments exchange, I re-visited your site. Earlier today, and for the past several days, I could neither like nor share your posts, although I was able to like at some point earlier. This evening, I found I can do both. Hooray!

      • Libby Sommer says:

        it’s all so odd. i just sent you a comment about other inconsistencies on WordPress. and, now, suddenly you have appeared again when i click my little bell. hooray.

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