My friend, Dolly Aizenman, was the first person to let me know that she did not see the reblog button underneath my blog posts (She discovered that the reblog button was missing underneath my blog because she was in the habit of reblogging her guest posts).
When Dolly told me that my reblog button was missing, I immediately checked the settings in my dashboard area to see if the reblog button was enabled.
The reblog button was enabled; I toggled it on and off and back on again with the intentions of it becoming visible again (Unfortunately, that changed nothing because the reblog button was still invisible on my end).
The most interesting thing is that Dolly is also faced with the same problem; she cannot see the reblog button underneath her blog and the same thing applies to the reblog button underneath the blogs of others.
One day after the incident, Carol from CarolCooks2, mentioned to Dolly (via the comments section of her guest post), “Mine disappears sometimes and then as if by magic it is back and sometimes I have to change my browser.”
Carol believes that the technical issue is probably the result of the changes that WordPress made.
Okay. Carol’s point of view is valid; the Happiness Engineers are always changing things!
Now, why is it that some people have access to their reblog button while there are others who do not?
I Refused To Ask The Happiness Engineers For Their Help
Any blogger that desperately wanted their reblog button back would have sent a formal complaint to the Happiness Engineers.
So, why is it that I refused to ask the Happiness Engineers for their help?
I refused to ask the Happiness Engineers for their help because:
- They would have told me to toggle the extensions on my web browser on and off with the intention of finding out which one of the extensions was responsible for hiding the view of the reblog button.
- They would have told me to clear my web browser’s cache.
- They would have told me to make sure that my web browser was on its latest version.
- They would have told me to see if my reblog button was visible on a different web browser.
- They would have sent me a snapshot — one that showed the reblog button on my blog visible on their end.
There are those moments when I think that the Happiness Engineers enjoy insulting people’s intelligence.
I Did A Bit Of Troubleshooting On My Own
I did a bit of troubleshooting on my own; which involved:
- Checking out my blog on the Mozilla Firefox web browser; which has no extensions attached to it (And, I even went as far as to clear its cache).
- Reverting the Google Chrome web browser back to its default setting.
- Checking out my blog on someone else’s computer (their computer has Windows 10 installed on it and I was checking to make sure that the problem was not caused by Linux); I used their Microsoft Edge web browser and I noticed that the reblog button underneath my blog was not visible.
- Checking out my blog via the Kiwi web browser on an Android smartphone.
Nothing I did worked; I was still unable to see the reblog button underneath my blog.
My Feeling Towards The Reblog Button Is A Neutral One
Some of you are probably thinking, “Renard, if your feeling towards the reblog blog button is a neutral one, why is that you want your reblog button to be visible?”
I want my reblog button visible, so those who are interested in using the reblog functionality can share the excerpts combined with the relevant links on their blog.
In my case, I have no intention of reblogging any of my blog posts.
And, I have no intention of reblogging anyone else’s blog posts on my blog either.
As far as I am concerned, the reblog button can remain hidden from me.
However, it is a bit unfair that it continues to remain hidden from some of my fellow bloggers — the people who would like to reblog a few of my blog posts.
There Are Those Who Hate The Reblog Button
Some people hate the reblog button because there are people who reblog their blog posts without asking them for their permission to reblog their blog posts.
I would like to state for the record, that it is considered proper etiquette to ask someone for their permission to reblog their blog posts. Those people who do not like their blog posts reblogged without their permission will either disable their reblog button temporarily or state via a short message in their blog’s sidebar (or some other location of their blog) that any unauthorized reblogging of their blog posts without permission is forbidden.
Some people actually view the act of someone else reblogging their blog posts as a form of theft.
And, then there is a group of people who believe that using the reblog button to share someone else’s work on their blog is not theft because it links back to the original author.
In the past, I remembered reading a blog post that pertained to a person reblogging someone else’s blog post and the owner of the blog (the one who created the blog post) asked the Happiness Engineers to have the reblogged blog post on the so-called offender’s blog removed.
The usage of the reblog button has always been a controversial issue.
Some Of The WordPress Blogs Are Filled With Only Reblogged Content
I came across blogs that only contained reblogged content (And, you probably came across the same thing on WordPress).
Pressing the reblog button is an easy thing for anyone to do (Especially if the person is too lazy to compose and publish their own blog posts).
A blog that only contains the reblogged works of others is definitely one that sadly lacks originality.
If the reblog button was a nonexistent feature, we would not see blogs on WordPress that contained one hundred percent reblogged works from bloggers in the blogosphere.
You Have Every Right To Reblog Your Own Work
It is common practice for bloggers to reblog their own work (They would reblog an old blog post of theirs with the intention of it gaining a bit of traction).
So, how in the world can these people reblog their own blog posts if they cannot even see their own reblog button?
Oh, they cannot!
They will have to wait until the reblog button reappears on their blog (For the sake of those bloggers who rely on having a reblog button on their blog, I hope that it returns in a timely manner).
The missing reblog button on some blogs is nothing new (It was one of those technical issues that happened in the past and was resolved).
I am curious to see how long the Happiness Engineers are going to sort out this technical issue.
What baffles me is that not everyone is affected by this technical issue; some of the WordPress bloggers can see their reblog button as well as the reblog button on other WordPress blogs.
So, what the hell really caused some of us not to see the appearance of our blog’s reblog button and the reblog button on the rest of the other WordPress blogs?
Also, there would be those people who would not mind the disappearance of the reblog button because some people reblogged their blog posts without their permission in the past.
The reblog button has a love-hate relationship; there are those people who love having it around and there are those who would not mind seeing it gone forever.
Depending on the psychological makeup of the WordPress blogger, the reblog button can be viewed as a necessity or a nuisance.
How do you feel about the existence of the reblog button?
And, are you one of those bloggers who are unable to see their own reblog button and the reblog button of their fellow WordPress bloggers?
Please let me know what you think of all of this via the comments section of my blog.
Thank you for reading!