I Am Beginning to Think Our Blogging Community is Hypocritical

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.

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123 thoughts on “I Am Beginning to Think Our Blogging Community is Hypocritical

  1. I’ve been luckier than you. Most reblogs don’t show the entire post. They show first few lines and then give link to original.
    Hence, most bloggers have bothered to come back to my blog for the original post and posted comments there.

    Maybe you can put a ‘More’ tag within your post so that only first selected portions are visible instead of whole post? Just give it a try.

  2. The main reason i have reblogged is because i am so moved/impressed/inspired by the blog that i want my followers to see it. i’m sorry – i’ve never considered what if none of them comment on the original blog – that never came to mind. i will say that if someone comments about how great the blog is, I will in my reply mention again who the originator is. i suppose i could check the originator’s blog and see if anyone commented, then reply to their comment on my page to go say it on the original page…… i don’t know if there’s a solution – i have no idea what you should do. i only know what i do and why. personally i’d rather have you reblog one of my posts than not, regardless of whether or not i get the kudos — i don’t write for kudos.

    1. And I know you don’t want the kudos, but I want you to get them if I reblog you!! It is important to me, that if I reblog Marcus’ post that you get the credit, comments, etc. How do i achieve that without disabling comments. I guess i can’t. I guess the other side of me dislikes that someone visits my page, comments and likes a reblog that I know damn well they didn’t read because the reblog link was never clicked.

      1. for me this is too much like the issue i have with people liking a blog without viewing it – just clicking ‘Like’ in their reader. 7 likes one day and the blog shows it was viewed once. so i guess that’s similar to what you’re saying – i certainly agree with what you said. (you do realize this is a really hard blog to decide whether i’ll reblog or not ….)

      2. Deserve them, maybe …Upset if i don’t get them – no. Would bother me if someone commented lots on reblog post instead of my original one – no. Enjoy concepts/ideas swapping – all the time 🙂

    2. I guess the main thing for me is I work and focus to help others by reblogging to get them exposure. But very few are really clicking and engaging. And by few I mean less than 1% statistically.

  3. I’ve started disabling the ‘like’ and -comment’ when I re-blog. Like you I initially didn;t do this as I wanted to continue the conversation but then I decide it was more important to me to encourage others to visit the original posts so I started the disable button. Looking at one I did recently it did have some impact and definitely better than when I didn’t do this so I’ll probably continue to do this, but am going to keep re-blogs to a minimum as I hate the way all their photographs end up in my media gallery. That is even more wrong!

  4. Have you considered doing a daily or weekly type of post where you share a short blurb and link for blog posts that sparked your attention? That way if someone is interested, they can click the link to read more. This way you can share all of the wonderful posts you admire, and everyone can still get more views ad comments on their own blog posts. Just a thought. 🙂

  5. Honestly speaking…I know that main person doesn’t get like , view or shares but Dream Big Dream Often is place which values there thoughts..So likes at your page are Indirectly the likes on there blog..Dream Big helps in spreading others thought in its own way..that what i like in Dream Big..

  6. Honestly, I think it’s the reader. The new version isn’t re-blog friendly. Before, whenever someone reblogs something, you click the post in the reader and it’ll automatically take you to the creator’s post. Now, you have to go to the re-blogger’s site and go to the re-bloggee’s site. I think the reader is getting worse.

      1. Absolutely. I wish they would revert the reader to the way it was. It was fine a few months ago. I don’t understand why they had to go and change it.

  7. I love when people reblog my posts. In the beginning (9 months ago), I decided this would be like a journal/anecdotal/stuff I’m interested in blog. While the stats say I have 550 followers, do you honestly think 500 people read everything I write every day? LOL Give people a break. Some days, I read everything and some days I have been guilty of just liking something that I want to come back to later. I have depression, a life and a job lol. I don’t think it’s done intentionally. And if that is going to bother you, then sure don’t reblog. I just think life is wayyyy too short to worry about it. You say it’s a reblog and give credit. That’s all I expect 🙂

    1. You obviously missed the point. I am not worried about my views. I am concerned for other’s views from reblogs; the person being reblogged deserves the credit and mostly they do not get credit.

      1. Actually I got the point. People reblog my stuff all the time n I think it’s a compliment. I don’t worry about the views n likes. But since u obviously didn’t appreciate my comment, I won’t anymore. Good luck!

      2. The fact that you are getting upset clearly reveals the point was misunderstood either by you or by me. And I always appreciate all comments, every single one.

      3. I’m not upset lol. U alienated a few bloggers telling us all we missed the point. We didn’t. I think it’s admirable to want proper credit n comments to be given to the original blogger. I just feel that life is wayyy too short to get so upset about any of this. I appreciate when people reblog n if their readers then take the time to check out my blog to see n comment, that’s great too.

      4. the intention was not to alienate, but to point out the problem. one difficulty in blogging is what’s similar to discussions via text: inflection and tone cannot be expressed. What some take as “upset” is me debating. I am not upset at all, nor was I yesterday. I am a direct person and speak directly. With all that said, I do and always will appreciate your comments along with the others I receive. My reputation on helping, responding and engaging is above reproach. And we all get upset about things sometimes that others deem trivial or unwarranted, right? Traffic, dropping something, slow internet connection…I choose to argue about commenting. It happened, the comments were 99% positive, we can now move on. As far as alienating, well that’s part of the gig. Every single time I write a post about me losing weight, I get 5-10 emails telling me i am “fat shaming.” When I express an opinion of any sort I get 5-10 emails yelling and name calling. As long as I am being honest with myself and my readers, I have learned someone, somewhere is going to be upset. I am glad you voiced your thoughts to add to the discussion.
        Danny

      5. Well my reputation is for kindness and blunt honesty. You told a bunch of us we were missing the point. I just think we had a different perspective than u did. I’m just telling you after your less than gracious response, I was sorry I even commented. That’s all.

    2. The point is: if you visit my page when i reblog and want to leave a comment do so. But also go to the original reblogged post and leave a comment there as well because the post is their’s not mine. They deserve the kudos.

  8. I like your posts and don’t click through because I already follow most of the people you reblog from your Meet and Greets so I see the original posts. Are many of the same people you reblogging from your Meet and Greets or other posts?

    1. Also, I am referring to when people comment on my page about a reblogged post. That person needs to also leave their comment with the original blogger, not me only. THat’s my main point.

  9. Great point! I’m sorry to say I don’t get to read all the reblogs you post. I think it’s a very good thing to do, but I just don’t always have the time. But if I do read the post on your blog I will click the link and visit the blog.

  10. I noticed this and especially in my reblog of New York events. I did turn off comments but not fast enough. I asked the commenter to please visit the site directly and post there because she did the work! I think I didnt approve the comment, will have to check. I have since cut back on reblog for a spell because my celebration of 100 followers was complete.. How about utilizing “press this” more often!? There are great writers in this community.

  11. I don’t re-blog all that often about general things but stuff that is most relevant to those who have signed up for my blog, mostly about writing and funny stuff. It’s nothing personal. But since I signed up for the blogging links I am getting dozens every day and I can’t even read them all. but most times I do press the like button to show I have seen the main gist, or I agree with the sentiments etc.

  12. I dont see it as theft at all. I never even care if a reblog increases my #of reads, I am just flattered someone thought it was good enough to share.
    Also, I can tell you for a fact I read that post on your blog. I bet more people are reading than your stats are showing. The whole system is screwed up 🙁

    1. That all may be true. it seems that people are reacting more to my title and not the content. My point is that if you comment on my page about a reblog, you should visit the original page as well and comment there also.

      1. And because of the way you do things I consider you at the top of my list of “good” bloggers. You do as you want done. Not all do. And if a blogger can’t take the time to give the original writer a little credit, then shame on them. It’s a simple copy and paste and takes 10 extra seconds.

  13. I think this problem is more apparent when you’ve reblogged posts as part of your Meet and Greet weekends, as a lot of people leave links to promote their blog. Whereas during the week, you hand pick reblogs to suit your theme – perhaps those authors don’t mind so much (doesn’t make it right though).

    I always read initially on your site but then view original to comment or like – I realised there was a discrepancy, so to speak, when you’ve kindly reblogged some of my posts in the past. So now I’m conscious of making the author know I’m appreciative.

    So perhaps disabling comments etc is the way to go, although it’s a shame you have to almost censor work in this way. Let’s hope this post helps educate other readers. The suggestion of a roundup, with several links in one post is a good idea though.

    1. I am glad that you understand my point and that you let the original blogger know your appreciation by commenting there. I also like comments on posts that I reblog, but i desire for the author to get recognition.

  14. I see your point on this topic. Now, in my case, I’m doing this for myself, not views, etc. But I understand that some are. If and when I check out a reblog, I will certainly heed this advice and make comments on the original post. Great points.

      1. Yes, I agree. I’ve only re-blogged a couple of things but I always try to make note to check their site out and make it clear that its their blog post, not mine.

  15. Hey there Danny, great write up/rant on what is going on. I will admit yesterday with that one post I published exploded. I am still trying to recuperate! Your post reminds me of an earlier post I did on Oct 11th showing your reblog, the likes you got on the reblog in the screen capture I did, along with another screen capture showing just how many of us really entered the persons’ site. That was depressing to put it mildly. I will say the reblog you did for OPman (Harsh Reality) about the 10 things people hate him for I did find the time to like that one and tweet it out though I can see why some may hate him Lol!… I will add that when I reblog some of your meet and greets or Carolinas from YesterdayAfter, some leave me their links thinking I am the one hosting it. Then I have to comment to them directing them to the Blog that is hosting it. Maybe I should do a video on proper etiquettes and to show how much stuff is shared across the platforms. But then just how many would actually watch it!

    1. I think people are missing my main point: if you take the time to comment on a reblogged post, do so on the original blogger’s page also. Arguing about views is a whole different ball game. I am referring to comments mostly.

      1. I agree if they took the time to comment on a reblog you did then they should be commenting​ on the original source as well to show the Author that they enjoyed it or not.

      2. Thank you! It is not that difficult and for those bloggers that do not do so…shame on them or don’t ever email me again asking for blogging advice. You gotta connect on a real level.

      3. Very true Danny! That’s why on some that you have reblogged in the past that were truly amazing​, right under where it says day0308 reblogged this on…I would leave a comment, great find Danny and try to connect with the author on their blog, not yours.

  16. I noticed something similar when reblogging. I wish there were a way to abbreviate the original portion of the post like you can on a normal post. That way it forces a click over to the originating site–which really IS the point of reblogging a post. Maybe there is already a way to do this that I’m unaware of?

    1. No. Before they changed Reader the click took you to the original automatically and I loved it. My whole purpose to reblog is to help other bloggers get more exposure. The present practice of most bloggers seems to undermine reblogging.

  17. After I reblogged a post about a fellow bloggers accomplishments, I had a bunch of people congratulating me on a marathon I did not run! After that, I decided it was better to disable the comments. If you would like to continue a discussion regarding your reblogs, maybe you can have a weekly wrap up/ discussion on a separate post? Good luck. ☺

    1. That defeats the purpose of how i reblog, which is to provide supporting material for each daily topic. Today might be health, tomorrow organization, day after all posts might be perseverance. Clumped together they make no sense.

      1. Good point. Difficult decisions for you. And fyi, I have enjoyed your reblogs and themes. If I am able to read them all (like your recent series on finding your passion), it gives a lot more food for thought. Hope it doesn’t change but it is hard to not feel disheartened.

  18. Great topic for discussion. I’ve always wondered about this, which is why I haven’t added a reblog button to my posts (but maybe you can still reblog them, I don’t know. I’ve never tried to reblog something). I’ve seen how people like the reblogged posts and don’t go to the original. I’ve also noticed on my site that few people click the links I provide in my posts, even when they have a direct connection to what’s in the post. Few people view old posts. Few people carefully read lengthy texts. Well, the last one is something I’m guilty of but otherwise I do like to browse old posts of blogs that I follow and click around. I guess many people just have a hard time focusing and concentrating? The web attention span is ridiculous.

    1. My biggest issue in this entire discussion is the fact that I get a lot of emails asking for blogging advice. The advice for more followers is the same no matter who gives it: engage with people on a sincere level. You must engage other bloggers. Then we as a community fail so miserably on what seems elementary to me: if you like a post, comment on that post. The reblog is intended to introduce you to new bloggers. So use it as a tool. And if you decide to comment, why would you not comment on the original post?!?! I am confused as to how this doesn’t make perfectly good sense to every blogger on the planet. Do unto others as you want done to you.

  19. I always read the the one that had been reblogged,. But then, what your post implies is the fact that some readers automatically click LIKE on your post without even reading the original. Most bloggers do that. They just click LIKE without even reading the post. I’m lucky that I get pinged when someone goes to my blogsite, but often gets disappointed when LIKE appears on my notification after 2 seconds.

    1. I think you missed the point a bit. My point is: if you comment on a post that has been reblogged, you should also show some love to the blogger that actually wrote the post and comment on their page as well. It is a courtesy to the owner of the post.

  20. I access the majority of blogs through
    my email alerts. When I click the read more (from something reblogged) within my email itself – it takes me to the original blogger’s page. After- I try to go back to the person who reblogged that post after I read the original blog post to “like it”- as my quick way of saying: Thanks for sharing. So, I am wondering if this is the same for others (I hope)- because although it may not show the link click via stats- at least the original post is being read?

  21. This seems to be a pretty common thing for everyone. Some people go and read the little blurb that you can see with out even bothering to view the rest. I am sad to say that I am one of those people. I don’t like it when it happens yet I sometimes am part of it. Confusing

  22. Reading is an area where I’m shamelessly selfish: If a reblogged piece catches my interest, I’ll click through and read it to the end. And if it doesn’t? I won’t. Not every post appeals to everyone, and (let’s be honest here) not every post is well written. And not everyone’s definition of well written is the same. I appreciate it that you’re looking for a way to make your reblogging more effective, and disabling comments etc. may help, but–oh, I just thought I’d toss that thought into the discussion.

    1. Ellen, I don’t want people to confuse what I was talking about. I was referring to when readers comment on a reblogged post. it would be vain of me to get on here and complain about views or bashing people for not reading something I write. I was referring to when someone comments on a reblog, simply do so also on the author’s page as well, because i should not get the credit for their work. Does that make more, sense?

      1. A few have and that was not the intention. I would hope that the few that have taken it like that would consider the fact that I work tirelessly to help other bloggers more than 99% on WP as a way to help promote the community. The number of emails I respond to in a week about blogging advice is a full-time gig on its own merit. The post was about getting the appropriate credit for the post to the appropriate person. That is all that i was saying, nothing more, nothing less. I just left your page btw and will leave you a question about tea.

  23. Reblogs are great of course, and it is always great when it happens. I thoroughly understand your point here and it is a little unfair to the original blogger not to get the views and the likes. But I look at it this way. If the reason I blogged was purely about hits, likes and comments then that would thoroughly annoy me. But if I do it ultimately for me, and can revel in the fact that people around the world are reading something of mine, and can be touched, laugh or cry at my words, that is far more important to me than watching my ‘Insights’ go up. More than that, because I personally write about music, I always try to get my posts to the artists in question, or at least the person doing the social media for them. I would rather have one meaningful comment from the artist saying how touched they are that something THEY did allowed me to use it as my own source of inspiration than have 100 hits. And that has happened more than once. Sure I have also had no response to a given blog despite my best efforts, or I have been retweeted, or reposted on Facebook extensively as well, but it is the connection that I have been able to create between a musician that is special to me. Lastly, when I encounter the scenario you wrote about at the top, I can always artificially count them as my views and likes anyway. After all, it is only a click or two away to see how my blog is performing on your blog.

    1. robert…I appreciate your comment the most of them all. Your thought expresses the essence of blogging. The essence I love the most about the community. I wish everyone, including myself, exhibited this attitude more often. I appreciate you taking the time to provide a moment of clarity for us all and I hope everyone reads your comment. Well done my friend. Thank you. Danny

  24. I never reblog the entire article, so if they want to read it all, they have to click on the link that takes them to the original site. That way, they finish reading it there and leave comments there. I don’t reblog to get comments on my site. I reblog to share something I think will benefit my readers or something I liked. If I do get comments, that’s gravy. So, don’t give the whole article on your site and your issue is resolved.

  25. The other thing I do is if I see a post reblogged that I want to reblog, I go to the original site and reblog it from there. That way, the link goes to the original site, not the one between. This means that DBDO won’t get the pingback; your source will.

  26. To be honest that is why I actually never read a reblogged article on your site. I always go straight for the link to the original author. I know how I feel when I get likes and comments about what I have written and I know that is what everyone else wants to feel. I would hate for someone to put their heart into a blog post and then not receive due credit.
    I so agree with your post.
    Thanks.
    Tony R

    1. Thank you Tony! This post pissed a few people off, but I stand behind the premise that many bloggers “fake” it in many areas. Reblogs, likes, etc. just to be seen in notifications. Connecting on a real level is the only way.

  27. I enjoy reblogging but I am going to have to start taking away the comments especially when reblogging things like meet and greet and sharing a post, as I am finding people are commenting on mine.

    I am going to have to check whether I reblog all the post or partially as that seems like a good idea if someone wants to read all the article

  28. It’s a confusing thing, for sure, but I know sometimes I click Like on a reblog, but I’ve already read the original either on the person’s blog or on another reblog so I admit I don’t always click back to the original again.

    1. This post got a lot of response as you can imagine. My main point was concerning comments. If you comment on the reblog, but not on the original post you are doing a disservice to the author of the piece, imho.

  29. I would reblog often and for the most part many likes and views come from the OP and I do get hits but not many go to the OP. I now try to reblog little known ppl to help them and that works better or I will use a well known person figuring newbies get to see them. I get enough hits per day if I write 5-25 posts and re blog 0-15 times a day. It depends on the reader, if the email subscribers list opens for all that you’d expect as I never get a notification for a new post but others get flooded and the settings are right.

      1. I have never had anyone ask for me to reblog, I have had some ask me not to. I have also seen those with no share options or like options and some that have not posted for years but will check sites, like and comment.

      2. As long as they are active I keep them. If they do nothing for several months in any way I get rid of them. As they are parking and waiting to TROLL and post nasty after you had them for a while.

  30. Thank you for this. I hadn’t understood what re-blogging was about until now. The way I usually see it used, quite often it looks like simple plagiarism to me. Someone reblogs another article, in its entirety, or nearly so, with no explanation regarding their purpose in doing so, no request for commentary.

    But if I understand you correctly, reblogging is a way to refer to another writer’s article with an excerpt. Is that right? That seems pretty cool. I may have to give it a try.

    As for following links–that’s how I found this article today, by following a reblog to one of your other articles, then clicking through to this one. Like you, I’ve noticed that few readers follow links. I always thought that was an indication of my poor writing skills. Now I’m thinking there *may* be another explanation. Ha!

    1. Kathryn…reblogging is a great way to help promote others or to share another bloggers work with your readers. It isn’t plagiarism, but if you want to, you can contact the blogger and ask. I have never had a blogger protest being shared. And link clicks are not a representation of your writing skill. lol It is a universal challenge that all websites face. I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a well thought out comment. You win Comment of the Day!! lol
      Danny

  31. I reblogged a post this morning, a guy I follow whose work I feel deserves promoting. The only reason I reblog is to share something with my readers in the hope that the person whose post I have reblogged gains a wider following, or, at the very least, a read of that particular post.
    The post I reblogged this a.m. had a ‘read more’ tag and I generally check back to the site to see how their post is doing, hoping they have received lots more views because of the reblog. I’m slightly pissed that on my page there are more than on his which obviously means that people have liked the post without reading it in its entirety. The loss is theirs, of course, because it was a fine post but it does make the reblog a bit pointless.
    I get that people don’t necessarily want to read reblogs but then, why like it at all if it hasn’t been read? A point you made on the other post of yours I read earlier. When I check back to the original I can, of course, see gravatars I recognise and my esteem for those bloggers rises quite considerably.
    I think I will probably turn off both comments and like buttons in future as I don’t want the kudos for someone else’s work. And that way, if someone doesn’t want to read the whole thing, they don’t need to click through.
    The only thing that might dissuade me from that course is that, when I have been reblogged by others with more followers, I’m still damned chuffed at the likes they receive on my post regardless of whether they come through to mine! Even if it’s only been half read! Contrary, I know.
    It’s a quandary. And I know you’re main point is about making comments on the original if you make one on the reblog. Btw, I clicked on Jason’s post via yours and was surprised that a) it took an inordinately long time to load, no idea why and b) I had to log in to comment which is always a bit of a pain to me and can put me off. I didn’t let it this time as it was quite beautiful.
    And now you can probably see why I take so long to get through posts. I’m leaving here now before I get caught up in another discussion! That’s you for a week. 😉

    1. I have found there is no solution for the reblog issue. It has bothered me for a while, but I don’t worry about it any more. You can’t make people click. lol
      Danny

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