What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Is Reblogged #bloggingtips

One the nicest things another blogger can do is to share one or more of our blog posts. I remember when one of my posts was reblogged for the first time. As a new blogger, it was one of the most wonderful feelings I had, and I was excited that my post was now in front of thousands of new readers. Even today, I still get those same feelings whenever one of my posts is reblogged.

Unless you’ve chosen to turn off all your WordPress notifications, then you will get an email notification from WordPress when one of your posts is reblogged. It will tell you the following information –

  • which post has been reblogged
  • who has reblogged it
  • the number of followers the post has been reblogged to

Here’s an example of a recent reblog notification I received.

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A WordPress Notification Of A Reblog

WordPress also notify you of a reblog in the notifications area of your blog (The bell symbol in the top right of your blog).

The first thing to do is to thank the blogger who has reblogged your post. The easiest way to do this is to leave a ‘thank you’ in the comments section of the reblogged post. Not only is this polite and seen as friendly to do but you will also get notifications from WordPress of any further comments that are left on the reblog, which you can then respond to. However, don’t forget to tick the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ box to ensure you get the notifications.

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Always thank a Blogger who reblogs one of your posts.

If the blogger who reblogged your post is new to you, then you may like to have a look around their blog and consider whether to follow them. However, you should never feel under any obligation to do this. For example, I once had a blog post that was reblogged by a beauty blogger. As I don’t have any interest in beauty products, I chose not to follow her blog but I did thank her for the reblog.

Another way you can thank the blogger who has reblogged your post is by thanking them in the comments section of your own post. If you’ve already thanked them in the comments section of the reblogged post, then there is no need to thank them again. However, some bloggers choose to disable comments being left on posts they reblog so that readers who want to comment have to leave any comments on the original post. This is something I choose to do as I prefer comments to be left on the original post where they can be read by everyone who has left a comment. When this happens, you can thank the blogger by leaving them a comment in the comments section of the original post.

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Always thank a blogger who has reblogged one of your posts

Should you return the favour and reblog a post of the blogger who has reblogged one of your posts? Many do this and it can lead to the blogger reblogging more of your posts, but you should never feel under any obligation to reblog a post because somebody has shared one of your posts. By all means, share one of their posts on one or more of your social media accounts but, providing you have thanked them, there is nothing else you need to do.

I’ve also seen many bloggers reblog their own posts. Personally, this is something I have never done, preferring instead to use features such as Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday to promote older posts. I also prefer to reschedule rather than reblog my own posts, which you can read about by clicking here, but do what you feel most comfortable doing.

What about me? Do I reblog? Yes! Over the time I have been blogging, I have reblogged other bloggers’ posts, but I do not reblog as much as I used to. I certainly do not reblog as much as many other bloggers choose to do but, as individuals, we should all choose what, when and how much to reblog. I have a very good reason why I have moved away from reblogging and will cover the reasons in an upcoming post.

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Is there anything I’ve not mentioned that you do when one of your posts is reblogged? Do you reblog the posts of other bloggers and, if so, do you expect anything in return?

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  1. Another informative post Hugh and a great conversation going on. I’ve recently discovered the Press This button and have used it a few times. I for one appreciate you sharing your wisdom with us all so thank you. 😊

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    1. Yes, I always enjoy it when I get a conversation going on a subject I write about, Deb. Of course, blogging is always a great subject to talk about as it gets many people talking.

      The ‘Press This’ button is a great feature on WordPress. I now prefer using it to the reblog button.

      And you’re welcome about sharing the wisdom. It’s just my way of saying ‘thank you’ to those I have learnt from since I started to blog. Plus, I always enjoy helping anybody out (where I can) when it comes to blogging.

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  2. Hi, Hugh. Stopping in from Terri’s (secondwindleisure) reblog of this post. I mentioned on her blog that I didn’t really understand reblogging or the PressThis button until last year. I’ve reblogged a few posts and I also curate content with is similar.
    Usually, when I reblog something, it’s because I want to find it later. I know if I share it on my WP blog, I can go back, read it, and then add my thoughts.
    I used to use the PressThis button for my self-hosted site but the draw back to that is the comments are not enabled. I see the point in getting people to go to the original source for the conversation.

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    1. Hi, Sara. Thanks so much for your comments. And thanks to Terri for sending you my way.

      I tend to save any WordPress email notifications of posts I want to save for later. I also use a handy little app called Evernote, where I can clip articles and read later. I’ve recently discovered a new social media site called Flipboard, where I can also save posts. However, I always say go with whatever works best for you. Whenever I have used ‘Press This’ I’ve had to disable comments so nobody can leave any, so I’m mystified why you say that comments are not enabled when you use it. Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree and I’m not talking about what you’re talking about? However, I think it is much better for comments to be left on the original post so that it adds to the conversation, and those who have already left comments can then see new comments as they are left.

      Thanks so much for the following my blog and for also joining in the conversation of this post.

      Best wishes,
      Hugh

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      1. Hi, Hugh. I just checked a Press This post and I do have to uncheck comments. I’m not sure why I didn’t have comments earlier this year. hmmm
        I used to use Flipboard when I had a Tablet. It is a nice way to organize articles.
        For snippets, I use the Google Keep chrome extension. I can use on my laptop and on my phone.
        I really never got into Evernote but have lots of friends who enjoy it.
        I agree with you, disabling comments is probably the best so the reader can join the conversation on the original post. ^_^

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      2. Just started using FlipBoard and I think I’m liking it. You can write little blurbs on each of the articles your curate. I just read how one man uses it as sort of a mini-blog.

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  3. Thank you for the mention Hugh… I tend to use reblog quite a bit I know.. but because it is automatically linked to my main social media sites it does mean posts get spread without me going into five sites individually. I am back to my daily blogger post now where I can pull in several posts together instead of reblogging which saves space in people’s mailbox.. I tend to tell my followers not to click on email notifications for me at all.. unless it is their book promotion or guest post where they are responding to comments. As you say you have to find a way that works for you.. Thanks again for your invaluable help.. hugs

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    1. You’re very welcome, Sally. And thank you for all the support you give to those in the blogging world by sharing and reblogging their posts. I know that many people (including myself) really appreciate what you do.

      Email notifications can become rather overwhelming, but at least WordPress now gives the option on how and when we want to receive email notifications. I don’t know where I’d be without those options, as I seldom use the WordPress reader. I find trying to keep up with it rather like being a hamster in a wheel. However, I always say that we should always do what works best for us. 😀

      Have a lovely weekend. 💝

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    1. Thanks, Vashti. Yes, the number of followers the post has been reblogged to is in the notification; not that it matters of course. In my eyes, any reblog is one of the nicest compliments another blogger can give us.
      Have a great weekend. 😎

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  4. Beautifully done, Hugh.
    Sometimes people just don’t think — or are on such unfamiliar ground that they don’t know what to think. So your blogging advice posts are wonderful and certainly fill a void.
    Some things might seem like basic “manners” to many of us. However, if living in DC has taught me nothing else, it’s that the world is ever fuller of people who have no concept of that…
    TGIF and mega hugs.

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    1. I did rather think that much of what I wrote in this post was common sense, Teagan, but the comments have thrown that in the air and given me some ideas for some new posts. I enjoy sharing these bits of blogging advice, even if not everyone agrees with what I say. I’ve learned so much from the blogging world since I’ve been here that I wanted to pay my thanks back, and these tips posts are one way of me doing that.
      I think it a common courtesy that we say ‘thank you’ when our work is shared, but you are right in that some people will take it granted. No me, and not most of us, though.
      Have a super weekend.
      Hugs.

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  5. Great tips, Hugh. I agree about thanking the person who reblogs your post and, if it’s a new blog to you, looking around a few posts and liking them. I find this helps build a relationship with the other blogger. Never feel compelled to reblog their post in return, especially if it’s in another niche than your own blog! I didn’t know when we reblog a post that it shows how many followers. I have about a 1,000 less than Sally – she’s awesome 🙂 Hey, so are you!

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    1. Thanks, Christy. Yes, the number of followers that the post is reblogged to does show, but it’s not something any of us should bother ourselves with. It doesn’t matter how many followers a post is reblogged to, it’s all good stuff when somebody shares our work. I’m always delighted when any of my writing gets shared. It’s like the icing on top of a cake. 😀
      Thanks so much for the compliments. Yes, Sally does an amazing job and is an ambassador for the blogging work. She shares much more work than I do and was one of the first people to reblog a blog post of mine. 😀
      Have a great weekend.

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  6. Great post, Hugh. I actually found it through a Sue Vincent’s reblog which I got to from Noelle Granger’s sidebar notice of a tweet – which makes your point about their value.

    I do thank my rebloggers, both on my site and theirs (when possible), but the WordPress reblog function doesn’t work well for a great many in my neuro-diverse community – they don’t respond well to the distraction of having to click to read more, and “reblog” doesn’t give them enough of a hook to inspire them to do so. So, basically, it is a tease of a post that turns many off.

    I ‘return the favor’ of reblogs of my posts by adding to the conversation on additional articles on the rebloggers post, and saving a link if I know I have something coming up that their post will expand upon. Since my blog is Evergreen, I also go back to older posts and add new links (removing those that are no longer available for some reason). I also have a couple of Boards on Pinterest where I pin them (original content, not reblogs for pins — and, of course, the post must have included a graphic.)

    I am a linking fool, however – the end of each of my posts includes quite a few places to visit for Related Content, which seems to work better for my readership.

    While I follow so many blogs I can’t get around to any of them very often, I continue to add to their number when I find an interesting blogger (after I have had the time to explore their sites). Usually their content is somewhere in the ballpark of what I research and write, but not always.

    I “like” from the Reader to show support sometimes, even when I can’t spare the time to get over to read it. I spend 2-3 hours every single day reading, commenting & responding, so it’s rare I can dedicate more. I could spend all day every day every day if I didn’t make myself stop and get back to my agenda – lol.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Madelyn.

      I pass many reblogs by unless the title of the reblog, or the introduction from the person reblogging the post, catches my eye. As you rightly go on to say, time is also a big factor as to whether there is enough time to read and comment on posts without it interrupting my writing time. I certainly do not want to go down the route of blogging causing me any stress again, especially when what stressed me out most of all was the thought of not being able to read and comment on all the posts of the blogs I follow. I’ve been there and it wasn’t a very nice place to be. I had to make some big changes to my blogging habits in order to carry on with blogging. I wrote a post about it and, not surprisingly, it’s become one of my most viewed and commented on posts.

      I’ve read many blogging tips posts that say that the use of links in blog posts helps boost the post up the SEO list. I use links where I can and am always happy to link to the posts of fellow bloggers who may have written about the same subject. This is also a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those bloggers who may have linked back to one of my posts. I also use Social Media to share the posts of other bloggers, but I have recently cut down on the number of social media platforms I use so as to have more time writing.

      Best wishes,
      Hugh

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      1. All great ideas – reading and commenting, etc. does take time, and we need to get over the guilt to allow ourselves to have the time for the rest of the things we need and want to do.

        Almost every new blogger asks the “How do you DO it all?” question. The answer, of course, is that none of us have time to do it ALL. We each have to figure out our own personal 80/20 rules. It sounds like you have found the right balance for you – congratulations. I’m still working on it – which is why I am so afraid of engaging with more Social Media platforms.

        Do you have a sense of which are working better for you?
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. I looked at those that were bringing in the most traffic to my blog, ease of use, how much of my time they needed, and whether I actually liked using them. I stick to using three which are Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Flipboard. I recently deleted my Pinterest, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts for various reasons and have freed up a lot of extra time by doing so. However, what works for me may not work for somebody else. When it comes to Social Media, people have their favourites and will usually stick with them. I’ve tried most of them and been surprised by the contrast and variation in results I’ve had from them. 😀

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  7. Glad the pressure is off by feeling the need to reciprocate all nice gestures. 🙂 Thanking people is obvious in my opinion, but, just like in real life, not everyone is kind. I have never reblogged anything (yet), and none of my blogs have been reblogged. I have some growing to do, but… I don’t see myself as a blogger as much as an adventurer blogging about our unusual lifestyle. Blogging is a “job”, I unfortunately cannot commit all of my time to.

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    1. Sometimes, it’s all about time, Liesbet. I no longer thank everyone who tweets one of my posts, but I will thank them by tweeting one of their posts. There are occasions when we don’t need to keep thanking people, but when it comes to a reblog, I think we do need to say thank you so as to ensure we see and respond to any comments left on the reblog. I always close comments off on any reblogs I do so that readers have to leave a comment over on the original post, but I know that some bloggers prefer to give the reader the option.
      Thanks so much for your comments.

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  8. Thanks Hugh, I am visiting through Terri’s site via the Blogger’s Pit Stop.(It has been clicked on many times so we will give it a feature next addition.) This is a subject that I know little about. I am familiar with Evernote clipping and Flipboard. I am more inclined to do a link to information that is of interest and helpful to a post that I may be writing.

    ‘Thank you’ is a little word that is often most noticed when it is missing, but most appreciated when it is present. On the Blogger’s Pit Stop, a lot of energy goes into promoting other Bloggers. It is such a joy when they stop and say ‘thank you.’
    Thanks for expanding my horizon.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

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    1. Thanks to Terri’s reblog and her sharing the post on Bloggers Pit Stop, Kathleen.

      I’ve been informed that including links in posts help boost it up the SEO list. I try and include links in posts as much as I can, including those to other blogs. I think it’s another great way of saying ‘thank you.’

      Thanks so much for your comments.
      Have a great week.
      Hugh

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  9. Thank you for sharing your tips. I agree it is a matter of common courtesy to thank rebloggers and retweeters. I use links to older posts that are relevant to the topic of the current post, usually containing useful information for the reader. I also deleted my personal FB account 4 years ago and felt so much less stressed. I ventured back last year to set up a page linked to my health and wellness blog, it was very slow in acquiring interest and interestingly posts that are shared via Instagram or are written directly on FB get many more Likes than the ones that are automatically posted directly from WordPress which gain only single figures. I don’t give it much attention and don’t allow it to stress me out. I use Instagram and Twitter mostly. Btw I found you on the Reader via Stevie Turner’s reblog. 😊

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    1. I have heard that the more links you place in a post, the higher up SEO’s will place the post. I don’t know if that is correct, but I’ve read many posts from bloggers who stand by it.

      I deleted my Facebook account a few months ago due to some problems I was having with it. I was going to set another one up but have decided not to. I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, and I don’t miss it at all. In fact, it has freed up a lot of time for me which I now put to better use. However, I realise that for many people Facebook is a ‘must have’ for various reasons. Fair enough, given that I see my blog like that. 😀

      Thanks so much for your comments, and thanks to Stevie for sending you over to this post.

      Have a great weekend.

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    1. I remember when I had my first reblog. It was a wonderful feeling and happened when I least expected it. It will happen, although I would recommend (if you’ve not already done so) when you come across a post that you’ve really enjoyed reading and commented on, that you reblog or share it via ‘Press This’. However, don’t reblog or share too many posts as many readers see this as spamming and may then unfollow you. I usually share at least one blog post a month that somebody else has written.

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  10. Hi! just a unique post. My faves! I will re-post and link this on my business page and promote it as well. Keep it up!

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  11. Great tips as always – if i remember i also turn off comments if I reblog so the original post enjoys even more feedback. Never thought though of using the comment email notifications that way – brilliant.

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