The Reblog button is as old as WordPress itself (There are bloggers who are for the Reblog button, there are bloggers who hate the idea of WordPress having a Reblog button and of course, there are bloggers who could not give a damn whether or not the Reblog button exists).
The truth is that the Reblog button is going to be around on WordPress. Why should WordPress remove it when users can simply disable it?
Oh well, it is time for you and I to delve deeply into yet another controversial topic.
Some Bloggers Use The Reblog Button When They Are Faced With Writer’s Block
It is a thousand times easier to Reblog one of your old blog posts than to actually create a new one from scratch (Which is probably one of the reasons why some bloggers that are plagued by writer’s block Reblog one of their old blog posts).
Some people would rather Reblog an old blog post than not publish anything at all.
I, on the other hand, would prefer to create a new blog post from scratch and publish it on my blog.
Because I love the idea of filling my blog with fresh content.
Reblogging my old blog posts is certainly an option that I refuse to take.
My article, 10 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block, will help other bloggers to overcome their issues with writer’s block.
Some Bloggers Who Lack Creativity And Originality Are Known To Use The Reblog Button
The type of blogger that I am referring to here is the one who has no blog posts of their own on their blog; instead, their blog is filled with reblogged blog posts from others.
Unfortunately, WordPress is filled with lots of blogs like that ― blogs of bloggers that lack creativity and originality.
For the record, I do not follow the blogs of those that are managed by hardcore reblogging addicts.
Some Bloggers Use The Reblog Button To Help Old Posts Gain New Views
Reblogging old blog posts helps them to be viewed by a fresh set of eyes.
You may have published a blog post in the past (the time period when your blog only had five followers) and in spite of it being well-written, it received a dismal amount of views, very few likes and no comments.
Today, your blog has 150 followers; you can Reblog the blog post that performed poorly in the past, get the views that you truly deserve, acquire additional likes in the process and get some comments.
Hey, I have no problem with bloggers reviving their old posts (I see it as putting the Reblog button to good use).
Some Bloggers Reblog Blog Posts From Others That They Feel Are Truly Outstanding
There are bloggers who have adopted the habit of reblogging outstanding blog posts (They do it with the intention of sharing it with their followers; they want them to check out your blog posts).
Believe it or not, there are bloggers who are altruistic by nature; they are the ones who want the best for every blogger in the blogosphere.
Those bloggers that host prompts on their blogs are known for reblogging posts from participants (Especially those that they thought were very impressive).
Once again, this is reblogging done in a tasteful manner.
There Are Bloggers Who Do Not Want Their Blog Posts Reblogged
I am one of the many bloggers who do not want any of their blog posts reblogged.
And, why is it that I do not want you to Reblog my blog posts?
Because I want you to spend your time creating your blog posts from scratch and publishing them.
I also expect you to respect my wishes by not reblogging any of my blog posts (I have removed the Reblog button from my blog with the hopes of it acting as a deterrent).
Some of the bloggers that run photography-based blogs do not like having their work reblogged because they view it as a form of theft.
Now, they could remove the Reblog button as I did.
The removal of the Reblog button from your blog does not guarantee that other bloggers will not Reblog your blog posts. The sad truth is they can Reblog your blog posts via the WordPress Reader; which in my opinion, is a serious flaw.
Some Bloggers Will Not Allow Others To Reblog Their Work Without Their Permission
There are bloggers who are okay with others reblogging their work (You simply need their permission in order to do so).
Bloggers who adhere to this concept will have a notice on their blogs that pertains to getting permission from them before reblogging any of their work.
Guess what usually takes place?
As you have rightfully guessed, some of those bloggers who would like to Reblog their work would ask for their permission to do so, while there would be some bloggers who would disregard the notice and Reblog whichever post they feel like reblogging.
Reblogging Other People’s Blog Posts Can Land You In Legal Trouble
Yes, my friend, reblogging other people’s blog posts can land you in a lot of trouble.
Are you surprised by that fact?
Well, if you are one of those people who is surprised by that fact, you should read Deborah Jay’s article, Why I Was Threatened With Legal Action After Reblogging On WordPress (An informative guest post that was featured on Hugh W. Roberts’s blog).
You will probably think twice about reblogging other people’s blog posts from now on.
I have a very strong feeling that you are not the type of person who is cut out for this certain type of nightmare.
It is apparent that WordPress.com is in full support of people using the Reblog button. They mentioned that an excerpt from the original publisher will appear on a reblogged post and that it would be linked to the original post (Thus giving the original publisher credit for the post).
As you have learned, the Reblog button is both a blessing and a curse.
The Reblog button is no doubt useful for reblogging your own blog posts.
However, you run the risk of getting into legal trouble each time you Reblog someone else’s blog post.
Do keep in mind that there are people (myself included) who do not want their blog posts reblogged by others (And bloggers should respect the wishes of those bloggers who do not want their blog posts reblogged).
What Automattic (WordPress’s parent company) needs to do is update its policy in regards to the proper usage of the Reblog button.
Truthfully, the Reblog button is not inherently evil (It is the way in which it is used that causes unwanted problems for some bloggers).
Getting rid of the Reblog button on WordPress is no different from wanting to get rid of a knife because it could be used as a dangerous weapon.
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that a knife is a tool ― one of those everyday tools that we use in our kitchen to cut up fruit, vegetables, various types of seasonings, meat and fish.
So, to be fair, WordPress can keep its Reblog button.