The title of Russel Ray's blog, "Feature worthy and rebloggable, #5" caught my attention. It wasn't a stretch to conclude the blog would likely offer affirmation and praise for noteworthy blogs and bloggers. I was initially intrigued and captivated.
Then I read Ray's introduction and opening comment, "Since the ActiveRain system lets us reblog up to ten posts per week for points..." and became immediately disenchanted. Herein lies the motivation? Sigh! Are points your motivation for re-blogging? (Disclaimer: This is a generalized question and not posed to Ray).
It's disheartening to think that point acquisition appears to be singled out as the sole purpose and reason for re-blogging. It led me to comment, "If blogs are truly "Feature worthy and rebloggable" then why not do it on merit alone? Why stop at 10? Would you REALLY re-blog posts if no points were offered?"
Ray commented with, "The ActiveRain featured post system is broken, in my humble opinion, so this is just my way of helping more people get noticed." and forwarded me an email "Yes. But it's not about me, it's about the other people, helping them get noticed! ActiveRain has a points system. Might as well use it!"
I concur on one point Ray made: the ActiveRain System for Featured Posts is both biased and broken. Any guidelines which might exist are considered proprietary and the system appears to unfairly reward high point count bloggers. It miserably fails the community by neglecting bloggers who tend to post during "off hours" or whose blogs go unnoticed due to the heavy volume of posting.
Nonetheless there are times I do stumble across a terrific blog that fails to get attention or aptly noticed and will re-blog it. However, I never seem to find this "magical number of 10" within a 7-day structured period as so many others do. If blogs are truly "Feature worthy and rebloggable" then why is it most stop at 10? Could it be that points are the motivation for re-blogging? The focus isn't to share good information in a blog that was somehow overlooked by the AR gods?
So I'd like to pose the following questions to the community at large, hoping for some honest feedback:
- Are points (really) your motivation for re-blogging? And...
- Would you REALLY re-blog posts if no points were offered?
As the the National Enquirer tabloid might propose, ""Enquiring minds want to know!"