Are Points Your Motivation For Re-blogging?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC

The title of Russel Ray's blog, "Feature worthy and rebloggable, #5" caught my attention. It wasn't aAre Points Your Motivation For Re-blogging? 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!"

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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Mike: I read Russel's post in a totally different way - more like permission and encouragement to reblog. I want posts that I enjoy and think are notewaorthy to get wider attention. As a relatively new regular to Active Rain, I had wondered whether reblogging was ethical and appreciated. I do not disable comments because I am trying to determine which reblogs may be touching a nerve. That said, occasionally I get comments and commenters who think the original is mine. Whether they are just posting in a hurry or missed the intro at the top of the reblog, I don't know.

I use the points to gauge my progress in the Rain. Some days/weeks I write original posts, sometimes not. I may comment on pother posts 6,8, 10 or 20, depends on the posts of the day and my schedule.

As long as points contribute to the process and to reduced fees for rainmakers, I don't think it is at all inappropriate to be mindful of points.

I enjoy Russel's reblogging posts and his reblog of one of mine last week introduced me to some new AR friends. Also, in highlighting folks I may not have seen before, I had the opportunity to preview new material, learn some things and identify some people I might want to subscribe to. It's all good.

I guess I should have made this a post - if points were the only criteria.

Jul 17, 2011 08:04 AM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Mike - Many times, I reblog for the quality of the blogs, many other times I reblogfor the points. Thanks for the information.

Jul 17, 2011 10:51 AM #2
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Mike, most of us are competitive and motivated by points to some extent.  ActiveRain uses the point system to motivate us to do things they want done just like the Government gives tax breaks for certain things it wants done.

Jul 17, 2011 02:37 PM #3
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Mike I missed you; you should check out how my blogs & signature look now - thank you.  I see lots of stuff not worth reading, not that all mine are that great.  I try to at least be funny, interesting, informative whereas I see lots of re-posts not worth reading and I see lots of original pieces that offer nothing of value, at least to any professional who has been on AR for longer than a month. I think partly because some folks haven't the foggiest idea what to write, or aren't good at writing. Heck, I'm always trying to improve and welcome feedback.  Feel free to feed it to me friend.

Regarding Al - yes, GOOD Realtors are competitive by personally match up to profession. It's the nature of the beast!

Jul 17, 2011 02:47 PM #4
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Mike - Because of the "Social Blog" I try not to bore my subscribers with tons of reblogs, but you can't ignore the points system either.  I could easily have over a million points now had I blogged on a regular basis.  I was a very inconsistent blogger and my points show it.  I'm grateful that others reblog because sometimes I miss really good blog posts the first time around.  Russell knows how to rack up points and is willing to share that knowledge if you send him an e-mail.  I haven't done that because my focus isn't purely on points.  Points are important, but I'd rather have subscribers and consumers who find me via a Google search.  Those are my goals.  Partly social, partly business.

Jul 18, 2011 04:34 PM #5
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Mike, when I re-blog it is because it is something I think my readers should see. That's it. I could have a lot more points by re-blogging 10 times a week but I think that would clutter my own blog and readers would wonder whose blog it was anyway. Russell loves points! It works for him, but I do mine differently.


Jul 19, 2011 06:43 PM #6
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

I have been here 4 months and have not re-blogged yet. If I did, it would be for the content. Re-blogging 10 posts a week is not even that many points. Much better to blog your own version of what you would re-blog and get a heck of a lot more points.

Jul 20, 2011 06:20 PM #7
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Mike, Anne Costello gave a well rounded response.  I re-blog for content and to help expose people to a good topic. Usually but not always, the re-blogs do not already have a lot of comments.  Before re-blogging I always like to write about why I'm re-blogging so there is no confusion about the origination of the blog. If someone has mistaken the re-blog for my own work it is usually by someone who doesn't read the content and are just intent on getting points.

If that isn't the case, they really did read it but somehow missed it as a reblog, I point it out to them and credit the original writer.

The extra points are fun but more like a bonus and yes, I would re-blog even if we weren't given extra points.

Jul 24, 2011 11:56 PM #8
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Mike. I do not reblog nor do I allow my posts to be reblogged. However I appreciate it when people reblog those posts of value. Sometimes I miss a really good post and when it's reblogged that's when I take notice of it but reblogs do not necessarily correlate with value. Points are valuable to the poster which seems to be the incentive to reblog. Repeatedly.

Jul 25, 2011 10:11 AM #9
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Mike, I don't re-blog that often, but when I do it's for a post that I think should get more attention.  I don't have very many features, but the ones that have been featured were generally when I had far fewer points. Right now I'm just enjoying all the really good info I pick up here in the Rain and all the different points of view expressed.

Jul 25, 2011 01:20 PM #10
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mike, I reblog when it is something or someone that I want to give accolades. I only reblog posts that I am proud to have my name associated with. So no I do not reblog for points.

I love it when someone appreciates my writing enough to reblog it on their post. It was wonderful being in Russel's first batch of  feature worthy posts.


Jul 30, 2011 05:04 PM #11
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA


I reblog to spread the word. Sometimes, I really like a blog, and want it to be seen on other groups where it isn't posted.  It's also like paying homage to an insightful blogger. There are so many of them who deserve a bigger audience.

I don't do it too often, and when i do, you can be sure of the utmost respect I have for the orignal poster.


Jul 30, 2011 06:00 PM #12
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I like the reblog, even if you receive no points for it. The fact that someone else wrote a great blog about information and I can share it but still give credit to the original blogger is a great idea. Plus, it does save me some time from having to write and link the post myself. Sure, it doesnt take THAT long, plus I would get more points for it... but for me it has never been about the points.

As a matter of fact, the point system itself is just an added bonus like a game or something. Whether I have 10,000 points or 100,000 points, I can still do a ton of business. Plus, just because someone has 1mil points doesnt even mean that the blogger is good at Real Estate (that is not a shot at anyone, just an example). The points is just to keep an interest I guess.

Features posts have always been a popularity thing... sometimes you'll see a very well written post that deserves a feature and sometimes you'll find a post that is just thrown together yet its been featured. Depends on the mood of the readers and the AR peeps that hit it with a featured star. I've seen features with hundreds of comments and some featured with just under 10 comments. Heck, I've even seen a REBLOG hit with a feature... which is really ridiculous. It will never be clear why some posts are chosen and others are over looked.

Aug 03, 2011 05:08 PM #13
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I reblog simply to help other people. Otherwise I could write something myself on the very same topic. I discovered long ago that reblogging can provide an extra glass of Google juice for the one being reblogged, and if I can find Golden Oldies that have few or no comments or reblogs, I’m going to highlight them. With over 211,000 members, the ActiveRain featured posts system misses a lot of posts, so I go back a year or more to find them. It’s time consuming, which is a main reason why I stop at 10.

Aug 10, 2011 05:08 AM #14
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Mike, I did not know that points were awarded for reblogs. So, yes, when I reblog a post it is because I feel the author has said something worth sharing.

Aug 11, 2011 05:56 PM #15
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


the only time I reblog is to hopefully get a bigger audience for the original blog.  Or at least decimate the information to other groups.

Aug 13, 2011 08:40 AM #16
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