To Re-Blog or Not to Re-Blog, That is the Question

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Image provided by Svilen Milev & freeimages.com

Why do we follow blogs? What makes us add a blog’s feed to our reader or have a blog’s posts delivered to us by email? For me, it’s because I feel the blogger has interesting information to share or I like their personality. I follow writing, crafting and entertainment blogs and for the most part they provide original, fresh perspectives on their subjects.

I’ve noticed a new trend recently and I’m not sure I like it. Bloggers have turned to re-blogging posts from other bloggers. I feel a bit cheated by this practice. Admittedly, most of the time they are sharing information that is good, valuable even, but why not just direct your readers to the original post?

It’s tough to keep a blog fresh. Believe me, I know how difficult it can be to consistently write interesting posts. I often fail to deliver. Missy Writes is a chronicle of my writing journey and as such I think it should be comprised of my voice, thoughts and opinions. Maybe that’s why I find myself disappointed in those who re-blog. They are merely rehashing information instead of giving us their perspective.

Wouldn’t it open the floor to discussion if you wrote a post that refers to the one you want to re-blog and add your opinion to the mix? Why not go even further and refer to a post that you disagree with and support your position?

It’s been said that blogging is dying. Maybe it is. If so, it’s probably because everyone is saying the same thing over and over again. If you want followers to stay with you for the long haul, provide something they can’t find elsewhere. If you want to write about a topic that’s trending, do your best to spin it in a way that no one else is. The world is at our fingertips and unless you provide something unique (at least part of the time) your followers will leave you behind and join someone with a bit more pizzazz.

  • Elissa Field

    I’m so glad you put this into words. I looked everywhere for a way to block the “reblog” option from my site for the exact reasons you mention. I quote or riff off other writers all the time, but always with a link that leaves their original words on their site. One of the sites that reblogged one of my posts was nothing but a collection of reblogs of others’ posts, Tumblr style. Maybe that’s the point of the option, but I’m not a fan.

    • Hi Elissa, Too many people are re-blogging in the manner you mentioned, a collection of other people’s posts. It’s lazy in my opinion. Why bother blogging if you don’t want to say something original?

  • Elissa Field

    I’m so glad you put this into words. I looked everywhere for a way to block the “reblog” option from my site for the exact reasons you mention. I quote or riff off other writers all the time, but always with a link that leaves their original words on their site. One of the sites that reblogged one of my posts was nothing but a collection of reblogs of others’ posts, Tumblr style. Maybe that’s the point of the option, but I’m not a fan.

    • Hi Elissa, Too many people are re-blogging in the manner you mentioned, a collection of other people’s posts. It’s lazy in my opinion. Why bother blogging if you don’t want to say something original?