Goodbye Re-blog Button

After much consideration, I’ve removed the re-blog button from my blog. For reasons I can’t explain, I’ve never been comfortable seeing one of my posts on another blogger’s site.

I don’t know why, maybe it’s a control thing.

I left the PressThis button, which allows you to select a subset of content and link to a post, rather than copying it in its entirety. At least I think it does, honestly, it’s a bit mysterious.

So if you’ve reblogged my posts in the past, thank you; I’m glad you liked them enough to share them with your world. But why don’t you give ‘PressThis’ a try instead next time, so we can see how it works? Just please don’t copy an entire post to your site.

My administrator Tiger has approved this message.

You don’t want to mess with him.

Your comments are always welcome.

Thank you.

~ Susanne

47 Comments on “Goodbye Re-blog Button

  1. I don’t mind as long as you never remove the kitties. πŸ™‚

    • The kitties will always be the star of the show. πŸ™‚ It just felt weird seeing them or something else I labored on, show up on someone else’s site. Didn’t seem worth it.

  2. Good on you, Susanne! I have never had that dumb button on any of my blogs because I see it as pure content theft. You won’t regret removing that thing!

    • Thanks for your comment! I felt funny having to put this post out, but I was honestly never comfortable seeing my pictures on someone else’s site.

      • You made a solid decision to remove that darn thing. I say shame on WP for helping those who partake in content theft along so nicely. My site has a right-click block installed via a plugin, but that doesn’t stop people from taking a screenshot.

      • I had mixed feelings. Theoretically it should give your blog more visibility, but I didn’t see that work out in practice. I’m not even sure about ‘PressThis,’, I’ll just have to wait and see. It’s true that anyone can steal content; these at least give a link back to your blog. But most folks don’t follow that link, just view on the site where it was reblogged to. Bottom line, I just wasn’t comfortable with it. I’m glad you agree! πŸ™‚

  3. You’re more Word Press savvy than I am; I’ve never even seen that button. If I were tempted to plagiarize your site, your formidable henchman would give me pause.

    • Heehee! It’s a wordpress ‘feature’ but I wasn’t that comfortable with it anymore. Glad to see my Tiger reinforced the message. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Even after I read up on ‘PressThis’ I still didn’t understand it! πŸ˜‰ And any excuse to post a picture of Tiger will do! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

      • Absolutely!! Kitties are very much needed these days- it’s comforting and cheers a person up just looking at their furry little faces!

  4. I’ve never liked the Reblog feature. So I took the button off. What I didn’t know was that everyone’s posts can still be reblogged from the reader. One of mine was reblogged to an inappropriate site, and they inserted an inappropriate photo in the introductory section. The site was taken down for violations of terms of service. I’d sure like to see WordPress eliminate Reblog entirely.

    • Yikes. What a bummer. It makes no sense at all that WordPress would ignore our settings and allow a reblog directly from the reader. Maybe it is time for them to eliminate it or at least provide more control over its usage, requiring some kind of permission first from the source blog.

  5. I’m not sure about this one? I’ve been reblogged by a few bloggers on occasion and it definitely expanded my reach. I know in the past I’ve had to approve the link from my end although I think anyone can bypass that step. I’d be interested in how the press this works and if it extends your views. Hugs, C

    • Thanks for your comment. I thought about this quite a while and read pros and cons shared by other bloggers. Some like the feature, some don’t.

      If you have the reblog button available, anyone can reblog your post to their site, even a site you may not be comfortable with; you can approve the pingback or not. Since many of my posts are short they often show in their entirety on the other site in such a way there’s no incentive to visit my site at all. I didn’t see any increase in traffic.
      Sometimes my featured photo was the only thing that showed, with no other acknowledgment or comment from the other blogger. I’m not even sure some of these were reblogs, but either way I found I just wasn’t comfortable with having my posts showing truncated on someone else’s site.

  6. That’s good information. I’ve been lucky so far but there’s always those sites that take advantage. I’ll have to do some research.

    • I think it’s especially problematic for sites with photos. I understand that reblogging loads all the photos from the source post into the site doing the rebloggiing, risking copyright infringement. So may not be an issue for you.

  7. I had no idea that I could remove that button!! I’ve only had one person share my content and that was only after asking permission (that I know of)! If I were to see a whole post copied to someone’s site and have them claim authorship I’d be madder than a wet hen! Thanks for this post! I’m now reblog button free!!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! 😊 I learned a lot from reading other bloggers on this topic.. It’s kind of a tricky thing. Some people don’t mind the reblog function as they believe it brings traffic to their blog. And done right the reblogged site doesn’t necessarily claim authorship. But I didn’t see increased traffic. And I understand that PressThis is the better way to go if you want to share someone else’s post and clearly give them credit. Still have to wait and see on that!

  8. Wow! I never really understood the point of reblogging anyway. As far as I know I don’t have that button on my site. Good thing you took it off. I wouldn’t want to mess with Tiger either!πŸ˜‚

    • Tiger’s pretty ferocious alright! 😸 At first I didn’t mind reblogs, but it”s became more frequent and I’m not comfortable with it anymore.
      Though I found out the reader still allows it regardless of my settings! At least I’ve made my wishes known. And I’m fine with someone linking to my blog or using PressThis, at least for now.😊

      • So if someone reblogs you from the reader, does it tell you? That kind of doesn’t seem right. To my knowledge I haven’t been reblogged, but if I were, I would want to know

  9. I am always delighted when someone reblogs one of my posts, and I don’t see it as ‘theft of content’ as I get full credit. But if it makes you uncomfortable, then you have made the right decision.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • I’m not sure why but it doesn’t quite show the post as I wrote it, sometimes only displaying my featured photo. Perhaps in those cases it’s not actually a reblog but some other kind of copy. I think I’d feel differently if it was from a real follower who also commented as they shared it but they seem to just want to display one of my photos.

  10. I would feel the same except that I don’t even think you can have a ‘reblog’ button on a site! I’m always happy when people link to my posts but a full copy wouldn’t feel right to me, any more than the idea of someone copying one of my photos!

    • I think the better way to share is with a link to the post or using PressThis. I like that idea much better. And then all your photos don’t download ro the other blogger’s media library.

    • Thanks, John. That’s interesting! I’ve seen a number of posts from bloggers recently who removed the button from their site. It seems to be problematic for a number of reasons, especially if photos are involved.

  11. Good (great) decision. Considering in these times…who knows whose hands get on things and how things sometimes get, um, what’s a diplomatic word here, “changed.” Those considerations are why I decided not to do a blog about country life where I am. You just never know. Sad. There’s so much wicked good on the internet. And equally or moreso much of the other side of the coin. Excellent decision.

    • Thanks for your support. Sorry you didn’t feel comfortable about doing a blog yourself, but I understand. I’ve had a good experience so far in the blogging community, but I just wasn’t comfortable with the reblog function. It may still happen but at least I’ve made my wishes known. There are better ways to share posts that link back to the source blog in a clearer way.

  12. I understand your decision. So far, people who have passed along my blog posts have either used Press This or did a link. But I’ve also noticed in my spam collection that there’s a porn site that always wants to comment on one of my spirituality articles. Yikes! Go figure. That’s one of the reasons I use the feature that lets me approve all comments before they appear under my posts.

    • I think it was the right decision for me, at least for now. The spam issue is a bummer. Even having to go in and delete them all isn’t fun. I use the setting that only moderates comments I haven’t approved before, or with links. That seems to work for me okay. And I’m happy you approve of my administrator! 😊

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