One of my posts was ‘re-blogged’ this week.

That’s never happened to me before in spite of doing this for over six years.

So, I’m wondering just how wide spread this is, what you all think of it and if there are any ‘rules’ about it.

It happened like this….

I’ve been re-posting my old reviews from Ready When You Are., C.B. to this new site at the rate of two or three a week, usually on the slow traffic days Thursday to Saturday.  After posting an old review of Peak by Roland Smith, which is a pretty good book by the way, I got an email stating that my post had been re-blogged.  Would I ‘approve.’

I checked out the website, which features a large number of reblogged posts, figured I had nothing to lose and pushed ‘approve.’  My review was already on the blog, with links to this site, so I don’t know why my approval was needed.

I experienced a slight bump in traffic afterwards.  (Very slight.  I was getting upwards of 400 visits a day at Ready When You Are, C.B., but James Reads Books is still in the 15 to 20 visits a day range.  More on Sundays.)

But shouldn’t I have been asked about this first?  I would have said yes, by the way, but I’m wondering about the etiquette involved.

Do you re-blog?

Have you been re-blogged?

What do you think about it.

I’d love to hear what people have to say.

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17 thoughts on “Have you ever been “re-blogged”?

  1. To answer your questions directly: I haven’t re-blogged, and never will. I have been re-blogged. I don’t like it, and never give the person who did the reblogging any exposure on my site.

    Always, I contact the person who has done the reblogging and ask them nicely to remove my page from their site. I’m also among the bloggers who have a clearly posted “No Reblogging, Please” notice on my pages. Some people don’t care if they’re reblogged, but I do, so I figure I might as well make my wishes known.

    Some people just want to share something they’ve found worthwhile. They’re pretty easy to spot, and I usually just ask them if they would do that via a link, instead. Some people think it’s “just the way things are”, acceptable because WordPress encourages the practice. Others simply are stealing content to fill up their blogs and get hits. It sounds like that’s what happened to you.

    WordPress has put out a couple of posts about the practice.They advise asking beforehand, looking at blogs to see if there’s a “No Reblogging” notice, and taking down posts if that’s requested.

    It’s possible I feel more strongly about this than some, because my posts are original writing. But no one should have their material taken without permission. I’ve tried and tried not to view reblogging as content theft, but I’m afraid I haven’t been able to do that. Just not with the times, I suppose.

  2. I’ve shared lots of links over the years and have had people guest post for my site many times. I may have even quoted people now and then, but never more than a line or two. Quotes are legitimate in my view.

    I’m going to keep an eye out for “No re-blogging” signs. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed one before.

  3. I’ve never seen this happen, but I don’t understand why a link wouldn’t work better and be way more polite. Maybe Tumblr etiquette, which is very different as far as I can tell, is bleeding over into blogger and wordpress? They call tumblrs “blogs” which is confusing at best and wrong at worst.

    1. What you say about Tumblr makes sense. I’ve never been on Tumblr myself. The blog in question is really just re-blogged posts. While I think that’s a pretty good idea for a blog, I do think posts should be re-blogged with permission.

  4. I have never been reblogged but I did reblog a post a friend wrote. It fitted in with my site, was about a topic I was interested in and was so much better written than anything I could come up with. However I asked in advance. I can’t imagine reblogging without asking first!

  5. Interesting that you got the request to approve. We’ve had posts reblogged a few times, but I don’t remember getting one of those. I wonder if there’s a setting I’ve missed because I’d like that option.

    I think Jeanne is right that it’s a spillover from Tumblr, where reblogging is sort of baked into the platform. WordPress allows it and makes it easy, but I don’t think that’s as true of Blogger, which might be why you haven’t seen it before. It’s not a trend that I like all that much, but so far it doesn’t seem to be all that widespread. I don’t see a lot of big blogs doing a lot of reblogging, and all the ones that have reblogged my stuff have been smaller blogs that seem to do nothing but reblog and usually have nothing to do with books. Sometimes I think it’s a little like comment spam, looking to get people to click over to their blog.

    That said, I also don’t care much if people reblog my posts. Unless something has changed or I’ve misunderstood, the reblogs only reproduce an excerpt, and readers have to follow a link back to my original post to read it all. If I think the reblogger is *just* looking for exposure, then I might delete the comment indicating the post was reblogged, but it’s not worth the trouble to ask them to take it down.

    1. I checked it out and you’re right, they do just post the first two paragraphs or so and then provide a link back to the original site where you can read the rest of the post.

  6. I was asked to be reblogged before and said no. I know there is someone who used to blog that I follow and she somehow automatically pulls together a newsletter of posts that adhere to specific guidelines and she includes me, which I do not like but she says she has no control over it. I just generally feel that if I take the effort to write a post, I should get the credit for it, not someone else.

  7. Ugh, my comment was lost by WordPress when it required me to sign in. I despise that about WordPress.

    To be more to the point this time – I do not let people re blog me when I can help it. I prefer people to come directly to my page to read my thoughts.

    1. The re-blogged post does clearly state where it came from and who wrote it, so credit is given where credit is due.

      However, it does sound like the consensus is in favor of asking prior to reblogging.

  8. I’ve had my content scrapped a few times before, but that is when they steal large numbers of posts to create fake blogs, not because they like your content. The re-blogging definately comes from Tumblr and I sadly think it is on the rise. I wouldn’t give permission for it as duplicate content ruins your SEO, but quotes and links are always OK.

  9. How did you discover that your content had been ‘scrapped.’? That is clearly theft in my view. Quotes and links are surely legal forms of ‘journalism’ but I’m coming around to opposing ‘re-blogging’ outright after hearing from you all.

  10. I’ve been reblogged once, but it seemed to be by a newer WordPress user that sort of used the reblog to comment (which may be a Tumblr habit). WordPress seems good about attribution on reblogs, but I’m not fond of the practice. I feel that sharing a larger chuck of content should be done in the form of a link back to the actual content. I’m with Jeanne; Tumblr’s origin was in snippets of content and thinking of them as blogs is weird. Likewise, WordPress’s reblog function seems contrary to what bloggers use WordPress for.

  11. I have no idea if I’ve been reblogged – at least I haven’t to my knowledge.
    On a separate note, I’m glad your posts finally appeared in my reader. I haven’t seen one from you in Feedly since my return to blogging back in January. I added your new site and so far so good!

    1. I really did vanish, didn’t I. I don’t know what happened back at Ready When You Are, C.B. Since I’ve started this blog, the traffic there went back up to just about normal. I’m going to stick around over here though. It’s been kind of fun re-growing my readership.

      Glad you found me again and glad to hear that you’re glad to have found me, too. 🙂

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