Reblogging Etiquette...Some Thoughts
I'm not one to reblog...that much. I have reblogged some posts before, mainly those who write great content but have yet to get featured.
The benefits of a reblog:
- Information, that might have otherwise been missed, is shared with as many people as possible.
- A new blogger gets introduced to the fold, thereby, giving them the confidence to continue blogging.
- You begin to build a relationship with a fellow blogger
To me, these are adequate reasons for a reblog, especially, because it considers the original poster before the reblogger. To reblog just for points or so that a particularly popular/controversial topic catches the attention of other Active Rain member is in poor taste.
It might as well be plagiarism because you have added nothing to the conversation, merely copied someone else's hard work for your own benefit.
There is also the people who merely do it for the points...Never saw the appeal of it. If points is what you want, write an original blog, participate in contests, do a Cloudburst, comment...Don't reblog just for reblog's sake. Let your reblog mean something, to you and the original blogger.
Richie Alan Naggar wrote a great post a few weeks back, "Is a Repost of a Post Like a Toast?" If you think of your 'reblog' button like this from now on, you'll never go wrong. A reblog should be like a toast, a toast to great content and the blogger who took the time to write it.
Practice proper reblogging etiquette, it's the best way to go.
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