This is a personal perspective! I found this week I re-blogged two articles one after the other. On the one hand I hate re-blogging because I feel as if I am stealing someone else’s work, even though all I am technically doing is sharing an excerpt with a link.
On the other hand sometimes I really, really want to share something I have read and re-blogging is a good tool to do that. Hopefully readers browsing my site will click over to the other writer and read the full article. Re-blogging is more time efficient that Tweeting several times, for example. Is it really any different to sharing to StumbleUpon, apart from StumbleUpon’s vastly superior “hit juice”?
I recall a heated discussion about re-blogging on the WordPress forums some time ago – there were for and against arguments, as there should be. I can’t remember now where I stood at the time, or if I sat on the fence!
How do I feel if an article of my own is re-blogged, I thought to myself. That should be a reasonable indication of how others feel if I re-blog one of their articles.
It depends. If I find an article of mine re-blogged to a site that is nothing but re-blogs, I’m not overly impressed. I don’t really like such sites, but I am aware that is my personal opinion. Perhaps “re-blog only” sites have a regular readership who like to follow those sites to give them easy access to a range of articles.
Therein lies my guilt, I think. I know I can’t generate as many visitors for the people I re-blog as those sites, so I end up feeling as if I am stealing rather than supporting their work. I also wonder if it makes me look too lazy to write my own stuff!
I try not to re-blog because of this, but when something calls to my heart, as Lisa’s article did yesterday, and is related to topics I also write about, I feel it is justified.
I read an article this morning I really liked, World View Through a Straw which ties in with an article of my own from early last year, Entitlement Mentality: A Personal Perspective. I have resisted the urge to re-blog, I’ve done too many this week! It is a good article though, so sneak over and read!
Do other bloggers feel this same conundrum? Is it just me? Am I being overly paranoid?
What of readers? Do readers dislike re-blogged material on sites they follow?
I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this, readers and writers alike!
- How StumbleUpon Inflated Our Intern’s Ego (neolane.com)