Lesson 4 – Well, a question really!

I have a question. Perhaps you can help me.

While I am still learning how to blog and have posted previously on my own findings, there is still so much about blogging (and tweeting and internet life in general) that I have yet to understand. Which is fine, I am happy to learn through trial and error. Occasionally I have a light bulb moment. I do like to try things for myself.

But I cannot quite understand the re-blog feature.

That’s not quite true. I understand that when you find a fabulous, inspirational or quality post that just speaks to you, you might want to share that with your own readers. I have tried to the feature out myself here, when I felt that this post said everything that needed to be said.

And I do like that people out there are finding something I have written worthy of being re-blogged to their site. It doesn’t happen often, but I like it. It feels complimentary. 

So maybe I do understand it better than I thought.

Except – why do some readers start a blog of their own which consists entirely of re-blogged posts? Sometimes they don’t format or personalise the blog site. Just re-post other blogs. No comment of their own, no explanation.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being re-blogged to these sites either (after all, I have the ability to refuse the re-blog). I just don’t understand why they do it?

So, satisfy my curiosity. Educate me please.

About Piper George

Wife, mother, puppy chaser extraordinaire. Freelance copy-writer and blogger! Life is full of opportunities - it's having the time to grab them that's hard.

Connect with me!


Comments

Lesson 4 – Well, a question really! — 7 Comments

  1. I believe that some of these blogs that you talk about are SEO blogs, or the people behind them simply don’t want to write themselves until they’ve gathered enough followers. I don’t know if I’m right but I also find it strange. Why start a blog if you don’t intend to share your own thoughts?!

  2. I’ve wondered about this, too, Piper. I usually go look at the site to see if it’s a real person reblogging, or if it’s a reblog site with no other commentary and no rhyme or reason. Do I have to approve a reblog? I don’t remember. I don’t always approve pingbacks onto my blog, because I don’t want links to the reblog sites on my posts.

      • I’ll try. 🙂 A pingback (and maybe trackbacks, too) “enables authors to keep track of who is linking to, or referring to their articles.”

        If I put a link to one of your posts in *my* blog post, you will get a notification to approve it or not. If you approve it, *my* blog post link – the one where I referenced your blog post – will show up on *your* page in the comments section of the post I linked to.

        If you look at my post on the 11th, and scroll down 2/3 or so to just above Bo Lumpkin, you will see a pingback. Annie linked that particular post of mine on her site. She can do that as much as she wants, but for the link *back* to Annie to appear on my blog post, I had to approve it. Anybody can put your link in their post, but for *their* link to appear on *your* page, you have to give the approval. Every time. I don’t approve all pingbacks. Some are simply people trying to get their link in your comments section.

Speak up and tell me what you think!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge