I want to combine our talk today about considering other points of view and combine it with a dilemma I have about reblogging.
I reblog to share other’s work AND to provide other views on my main topic of the day. The problem with reblogging as I am experiencing is that the blogger being shared doesn’t get any of the benefits of said reblog.
For example, yesterday afternoon I reblogged a post created by Harsh Reality thanking him for his awesome review of Dream Big and of my growth as a blogger. It was so incredible to share that with you guys. That reblog titled Weekly Blog Reviews #2 was viewed 36 times on my page.
At any rate, would you like to guess the total number of clicks from that reblog back to Harsh Reality? The actual number of people who clicked to go to Jason’s page and read was……1. That means 36 people viewed my page, 44 liked and 6 commented, but only 1 person actually read the post Jason created. And honestly, I think that 1 person was my wife!!!
Do you get my point? And this is not a single occurrence. It happens nearly every time I reblog over the last 4-5 months.
Here is my point…as bloggers we all want the same thing. I want views, you want views, everyone wants views. Or better yet, we want our voice to be heard. But we are also selfish and self-focused. We want to be heard, but we don’t want to read anyone else’s stuff. We want views, but we don’t want to view. We want comments, but we don’t want to comment. We want to be the Twitter account Following 1 with 500,000 Followers! If you comment on the reblogged post, go to the original and leave a comment there as well.
I always add “(please be mindful of the original page and leave comments with them also. They did the work, I only hit a share button.)” to my reblogs, but no one seems to care.
Let me provide a slightly different perspective. Imagine you were the one receiving the notification that dray0308 reblogged your post. You then follow your post on my page and 20 people are talking about how great of an idea you had on my page, yet not one person has actually clicked on your page and left those comments with you. You did all the work. You wrote the post. You edited the post. You took the time to find an image. And then some reblog gets all your kudos. How would that make you feel as the originator of said post? Have you ever thought about it?
I don’t want to disable comments on reblogs because I want them to serve as an avenue of continuing the dialogue, but I also want the original author/writer/blogger to get their fair share of the views and especially the comments. After all, that is the main point behind reblogging! It is intended for others to see post, click post, read post, comment on post and engage with someone new!
I don’t know what to do.
What is the solution? If I don’t find a reasonable way to deal with this, I am planning to discontinue reblogging all together because it is starting to feel like straight out theft.
Leave me your opinions in the comments.