On WordPress.com, there is an option to “reblog” other bloggers’ posts to your own blog. It works by taking a portion of the original post and post it to the blog of the one who reblogged together with a link back to the original post. You may include a comment to the reblogged post though you cannot edit its content.
Basically, it’s a form of “sharing” other people’s contents.
There are several reasons you would like to reblog a post. Maybe, you liked the post so much that you want more people to see it. Or perhaps, you run out of ideas or have a writer’s block for the meantime so the next best thing is to reblog a post until you could come up with your own post.
Also, there are posts that are meant to be reblogged such as blog parties and posts which aimed to disseminate important information to as many people as possible.
I have never reblogged posts on Learn Fun Facts, and probably never will, but I understand the significance of reblogging. Blogging, or specifically in our case, WordPress, is a community, and sharing stuff is one of the things that keep this community alive. If no one shares other people’s works or even talks about them, the level of engagements and interactions in this community will decline. So, personally, I like the concept of reblogging (If you didn’t get the hint — Please reblog this post. Nah, just kidding).
However, not all bloggers want their contents to be reblogged. Therefore, caution must be exercised if you wish to reblog a post. The following section talks about it in more details.
6 Considerations Before Reblogging
While browsing for blog posts, you found an awesome post worth reblogging. Now, you would you do? Would you immediately press the reblog button? Please refrain yourself for now and read this:
1. The Length of the Post
Most of the complaints I read about reblogging is that despite crediting the original posters, it’s almost meaningless if the post is short. For example, reblogging a post which contains a couple of images would cause those images to appear on the reblogged post. Similarly, this is also the case for short verse or prose. Indeed, even if the original post can be visited, most people wouldn’t bother since they have already seen the entire post.
2. Personal Posts
Reblogging personal posts doesn’t make any sense especially if the post is too personal. Of course, labeling something as “personal” is subjective so you may have to rely on your own discretion and judgment.
3. See if the Blogger Allows Reblogs
Having the reblog button activated doesn’t necessarily mean that the blogger would be happy to see his or her posts to be reblogged. Maybe, he just doesn’t know how to turn it off.
You can have a look at the blog’s About page, sidebar or footer for any information about reposting the blog’s content. If it specifically asserts that you can’t share the blog’s content, then be courteous and respect it.
4. Ask for Permission
When you are not sure whether the blogger allows reblogs, it’s a good idea to just ask. Sometime, even when the blogger doesn’t want his posts to be reblogged, a politely worded request could make a difference. But if the blogger told you that he doesn’t want his posts reblogged, then respect his decision. It’s his content after all.
Anyway, if you want to reblog my stuff, you don’t have to ask permission.
5. Include a Remark
Now that you got your permission to reblog it, what would you do next? It is a good practice to include a comment when you reblog. This way, the original poster, and other readers will know why you reblogged it.
While I don’t have any issue with people reblogging my posts without leaving comments, I would be more than happy if they told me why they reblogged my posts.
6. Turn off the Comments
The aim of reblogging, at least to me, is to increase the exposure of the original post. This would not happen if the majority of readers post their comments on the reblogger’s site. Turning off the comment addressed this problem as readers would have to go to the original post to comment.
Turning off comments for an specific post is easy.
For classic editor users, on the right sidebar, click “More Options”, and under “Discussion”, uncheck “Allow Comments”.
For Gutenberg users, on the right side bar, click the “Documents” tab.
“Click “Discussion” and uncheck “Allow Comments”.
While you’re at it, include tags and categories as well for greater readability.
How to Turn off Reblog?
On your WordPress dashboard, click “Sharing”.
Click the “Sharing Button” tab.
On the “Reblog & Like” section, uncheck “Show Reblog Button”.
Alternatives to Reblogging
You don’t have to reblog a post to share it as there are various alternative ways to do it.
- You may consider writing a post about sharing “interesting links” or something similar.
- Share it on other social media platforms.
- Make a post out of it! You can either give your own perspective, expand upon it or provide counterarguments and criticisms.
- Reblogging is a great way to share good contents with others.
- However, remember that you must be careful when reblogging.
- To be on the safe side, make sure that the original poster agrees before reblogging.
- If you don’t want your content to be reblogged, you can turn off the reblog function.
- There are other options besides reblogging.
How about you? What do you think about reblogging? You can post your thoughts on the comments section below.