What Are Your Thoughts About Reblogging on WordPress?

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.

Why Reblog?

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.

Concluding Remarks

  • 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. 

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

56 thoughts on “What Are Your Thoughts About Reblogging on WordPress?

  1. I have re-blogged twice now, and both times asked for permission to do so. Re- blogging can be very interesting, and can also be grossly overdone. I did follow a couple of bloggers recently who would do nothing but reblog everyone else’s posts all the time, there was no original content offered at all. Every day my WP Reader was filled with a dozen or more re-blogs from one of these former follows, until I finally removed them once and for all. I prefer clean original content. I actually considered re-blogging one of your posts when I first stumbled into you, Edmark, but I would have asked you first and still would. Thanks for the information …

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  2. I think I have been reblogged twice and was happy about it. Edmark – I was thinking about reblogging my last year’s Christmas Eve post but may just do it by inserting the link – it is my first time doing this. I have inserted hyperlinks to other’s blogs in my posts sometimes.

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  3. This has me thinking. I wonder if it would help promote a sense of community if only one day a week or even only once a month, and not on a regular posting day, if that would be a good time to share the work of others that I appreciate. I see people saying they don’t read reblogs, but if it was on a separate day than the original content and with the purpose of here’s an awesome writer, it seems something like that would help promote a sense of community.

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  4. I don’t reblog as much as I used to because it seemed as if I had the same audience as other rebloggers…pretty pointless.

    Now, if I do share a blog, I prefer to use “Press This” as it’s easier to add a comment, retain the integrity of the post, disable comments, and tag the original owner in feed tweets.

    Nice post! 👍

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  5. I have occasionally had a post reblogged and on the whole was happy about it. The people who did so had been following me and we had exchanged comments on each other’s posts. The one time I was not so happy was when a picture was added that I felt did not reflect the meaning of what I wrote. I write poems and rarely illustrate them, my illustrations are in my actual words.

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      1. I don’t know how it works, but certainly two different bloggers reblogged this particular post a while ago. added a picture each at the top of the page. One picture caught the meaning of my poem, the other one did not.

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  6. Intelligently worded as always. I agree with your content. Originally I disabled the reblogging button then decided to bring it back with a ‘what the heck, they must like it’ attitude. The only drawback is that I have disabled Comments. I cope flak for this but it’s my decision and I’m sticking to it. Without a Comments notification, when another blogger reblogs my post I do not know about it. And it does not appear in general notifications. Only once did someone send me an email through my Contact page. Thus I have the surprise of seeing my reblogged post come up in Reader feeds. C’est la vie!

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  7. While I have nothing against reblogging, my lttle place is about my part of the universe and my thoughts about the universe and all it contains… if my life is to the point that I need to share someone else’s blog, I will close WordPress one final time and ride off into the sunset, or sunrise, depending on what time of day it is… 🙂

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  8. When I find a blog I want to share with friends, I send them a link, rather than re-blogging. I’ve had my travel blog re-blogged only once, when I wrote a number of posts about a city from which someone else also blogged about that city. He did ask if it was ok, which I appreciated.

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  9. Hey there :) I am more than happy for people to re-blog my posts but don’t personally re-blog anything myself , the Precinct is just for my own original content. But Re-blogging overall is a great way to learn of other great WordPressers that we may usually never come across. Great post my friend. :)

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  10. My blog is 95% book reviews and that is the only thing that has ever been reblogged. When my reviews are reblogged, I am both flattered and pleased that the author will get additional exposure.

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  11. I don’t reblog but I don’t mind if someone reblogs my posts, in fact it may have happened several times for all I know considering some of my posts I wrote a long time ago have suddenly gained interest for readers again for no reason.
    If I read an article that I think others should read I tend to share them to places like Facebook. I already have more than enough ideas of articles I want to write here and I tend to have a schedule in my head for my posts, so suddenly reblogging someone else’s post would cause issues for me.
    Personally I’m not the greatest fan of reblogs. You end up reading a post from someone you follow only to find it’s a snippet from someone else. I usually then don’t bother to go on to read the full article. If it opened another tab in my browser I probably would read more of them, but instead they directly send you to another bloggers article and when you go back to your feed you wind up at the beginning again, or at least I do…

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    1. Very well said and I agree. There’s no point in reblogging if it would just mess up your rhythm.

      I used to share the good stuff on StumbleUpon. Sadly, it is now defunct.

      For me, it depends. If the reblogger wrote a nice remark, I may read it.

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  12. If I’ve got writer’s block, I feel that I should suffer for it. If reblogging was an option in my mind, I’d get lazy, shiftless and probably get addicted to heroin.

    Conclusion: Don’t reblog or you might die of an opiate overdose!

    [It doesn’t bother me… I just wouldn’t do it myself]

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