Your cheating heart.... are you cheating on ActiveRain?

Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors


cards hearts say love from erinc_Mc_hammer on Flickr creative commons license  I wanted to title this My cheating heart but I think the classic song is "Your cheating heart" 

I was amused by a comment on one of my posts  that Re-Blogging is cheating...

Isn't Re-Blogging for consenting adults?  Who's getting cheated on?


The real estate blogosphere?

The Blogosophere?

The www.  ?

The Internet in general?

Who am I cheating with? - Re-Blogging content for consumers

Michael Thornton provided readers of my outside blogs with information about fireplaces - fireplaces hidden dangers

Regina P. Brown about bathtubs....  Warning do not paint your bathtub

June Piper-Brandon about fall planting - fall garden planting

Steve Shatsky about credit - building good credit getting the word out

I wanted to cheat with Linda Wetzell and Re-Blog   buying a bank owned home but the embed was too wide.

Who are you cheating with (I am asking who have you Re-Blogged) no confessions please.

What is Re-Blog? - Why it's not hurting anyone

If you don't understand Re-Blog it is syndication.  Use Search there's lots of blogs about it.  If you are a Rainmaker you can share content from for consumers from people who specialize in home inspection, finance, staging even if you don't.

I seldom Re-Blog content written to those in the industry.  As you can see I Re-Blog content to consumers.

I'm cheating on ActiveRain (if Re-Blogging is cheating)  and my readers get good content out of it!

I've seen lots of excuses why not to use Re-Blog.  Are you cheating consumers out of good content on your blog?

Photo credit: Photos is from the Flickr photostream of  erin_MC_hammer  

"All sizes of this photo are available for download under a Creative Commons license. "

The Creative Commons license linked to the photo is being difficult this morning!

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Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

Hi Maureen, I understand, and agree totally.  I don't see how it is cheating to re-blog, as long as you use your own words.  thanks for sharing.

Nov 01, 2009 12:37 AM #1
Larry Bergstrom
Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. - Spanaway, WA

It's like a good story or joke, some things need to be passed on.

Nov 01, 2009 12:43 AM #2
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Maureen, Good post.  And I agree that re-blogging continues to spread another author's words around as well.  The only issue I have is when someone "rewrites" your words, without a hint of thanks for the inspiration. 

Nov 01, 2009 12:43 AM #3
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

REblogging benefits the author and the person reblogging it. It is a great way to obtain exposure.

Nov 01, 2009 12:53 AM #4
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

If the blogger okays reblogs.. then it's ok...

Nov 01, 2009 12:53 AM #5
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Re-Blogging like most syndication (real syndication ) benefits the reader... more than anyone.


Susan Brown wrote : The only issue I have is when someone "rewrites" your words, without a hint of thanks for the inspiration. 


Do we ever know WE were the inspiration?  Unless it is truly a personal story most  RE ideas are all over the Internet close to simultaneous.

I believe in attributing things to the source in most cases but I remember 2 posts refering to  Pavlov's dog experiment.  One got featured on AR, another member cried foul...( I almost said "fowl" and  they were NOT about the same topic.

Nov 01, 2009 12:58 AM #6
Lew Corcoran, ASP®
Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography - East Bridgewater, MA
Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer

Maureen - not only does reblogging benefit consumers, it also benefits the original author as well as the person doing the reblogging. The original author gets more Google juice by having his or her blog post reblogged. And the reblogger rides the shirt tails. You both get added Google juice.

I sometimes reblog other posts when I feel those posts will benefit my readers. I always add a short paragraph or two before I reblog the posts.

Nov 01, 2009 01:24 AM #7
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Catchy title and great post Maureen. I've of course seen others re-blog and appreciate it when I've missed the post, but never re-blogged myself - even when I thought it was one to share. Now, I think I'll check into "how to re-blog" and be ready to share those great post I read with others now. Thanks!

Nov 01, 2009 01:26 AM #8
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Who do you recommend to cheat with? 

Nov 01, 2009 01:43 AM #9
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hi Maureen, thanks for the good information I thought I would disagree but you're right on. I see a good post that affects my area or answers questions my clients may have and I re post.

Nov 01, 2009 01:04 AM #10
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker -

Oh you are making me go back into my archives to see whom I have reblogged.

Esko Kiuru and Ken Cook are outside contributors so much of their content is "reblogged" without the actual "reblogging" of it.  They just get approved most of the time and sent to my outside.

Here is who I reblogged recently:

  • Fred Glick
  • Richard Weisser
  • Nevin Williams
  • Reuben Saltzman

I tend to pick topics that will benefit my outside blog reader base and current market conditions.

Nov 01, 2009 02:49 AM #11
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Why reinvent the wheel? If an expert in a certain area has written a wonderful post, why not share it with my readers? Everyone benefits.

Nov 01, 2009 05:32 AM #12
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Thanks for the comments all.

Thanks for the recommendations Renee... I don't know Fred Glick, Nevin Williams or Reuben Saltzman but I will be looking for them. 

Nov 01, 2009 06:31 AM #13
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

I think it is  rather simple. If someone feels that it is cheating, then do not reblog. If the author thinks that reblogging is cheating and does not want others to use his content in a reblog, then do not allow it.

But if we do  not mind taking what others allowed us to take, then it is not cheating

Nov 01, 2009 12:36 PM #14
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

If re-blogging you is wrong, I don't want to do right!


Nov 01, 2009 02:31 PM #15
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Original blogger (the Re-Blogee ) benefits

Re-Blogger benefits.

Reader benefits.

I think ActiveRain benefits.

Re-Blog is like anything else in social media those who choose to use  it could benefit. You can't win if you don't play. 

thanks for the comments.  Carla what happened to "I love Wikipedia" ?????

Nov 01, 2009 06:40 PM #16
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Maureen, du-uh!  Anyone who doesn't wish to be re-blogged can skip to check in the ok to reblog box when they post.

Last week, Gary Woltal posted two of the funniest blogs I've seen.  Neither got a gold star so I reblogged them.  I haven't done much reblogging, but I do think I'm going to do more whenever I see something good, especially if it isn't featured.

Nov 02, 2009 02:23 AM #17
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

And I am sure they do Patricia. but does she  think other members are cheating?  Or maybe it's that she is  such a gifted writer that her readers would be cheated by anything less than her words, images, videos etc. 

Collaboration is a big part of social media.

Gary's a very popular member, publishes a lot of motivational stuff.

Nov 02, 2009 08:13 AM #18
Teresa Berry
Seattle, WA

Maureen love your style! what's not to love about sharing good info? I consider re-blogging an honor and a privilege that can benefit everyone - the blogger, the re-blogger, and the reader. - totally agree with the comment from Carla  and it made me smile!

Nov 02, 2009 08:46 AM #19
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I was going to Re-Blog Carla but she deleted it!

Her comment made me laugh!

Nov 02, 2009 08:50 AM #20
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