Why I No Longer Allow People to Reblog My Posts

I have now deleted the Reblog button and added a Page  known as ” Don’t Reblog My Posts”

Please do not reblog my post.

Apologize for this; this is not to my liking.

The reasons for my decision include:

  1. There is a blog which reblogs almost all my posts, trying to duplicate mine.
  2. While some reblogs publish my avatar and link back to my site; other reblogs only have wordings which state the post was BY the Reblogger ( with no mentioning of my blog or providing a link back ) and I am only credited for the photo as a Source.
  3. Some blogs now have lost their meaning, they do nothing other than collecting and reblogging other people’s posts. I do not encourage this non creative form of blogging.
  4. Some shamelessly reblog ( content scrapping) every day dozens of posts at no time immediately after they are posted without really reading the posts – this is a disrespect to the original bloggers. Their only motive is to increase their own popularity and boost their number of followers.
  5. There was one blogger who used to reblog my posts onto his so that he can make money out of his advertisement.
  6. There is no control on the extent and how the reblog is done.

In my communication with one of the Rebloggers, he has declined not to reblog my posts.

Under this circumstance, I have no other option but to remove the Reblog button from my blog.

In case there are posts you really like to reblog, please communicate with me and I will look into it case by case.

Below is a relic found in the Terracotta site in Xian.

123 thoughts on “Why I No Longer Allow People to Reblog My Posts

  1. Uh, sorry that this happening to you, yet thank you for sharing. It happened to me a few days ago and I was totally surprised but didn’t know what to do about it. Thanks to your recommendations I will change my settings. Again thank you

    • I have written to some of these people asking them to stop reblogging my posts because they have not done it properly or abused the system. Some accepted but some refused. I have no choice but to do this. Regards, Michael

  2. Yes, I have people who reblog the entire piece instead of a few lines and referring them to my blog, as well, but appreciate those who do it in the correct way, referring people to my blog.

    • WordPress seems to reblog posts differently and there is no uniformity. I don’t like seeing reblogged posts that do not even publish avatar of the original blogger and that the reblogged posts are used with other objectives in mind. Thanks for your support.

  3. I don’t blame you for removing that feature, I dislike reading blogs that don’t have original content. I love seeing your photographs, they are a wonderful addition to my days. I look forward to seeing lots more.

  4. Yeah. There are “blogs” out there that seems to only look to collect posts from others and put it on theirs. Sigh… this is the interent afterall… there will be all kinds…

    • Hi Kevan, thank you for your understanding.
      Some also shamelessly reblog dozens of post at no time after they are posted without really reading the posts – this is a disrespect to the original bloggers. Their only motive is to increase their own popularity and boost their number of followers. This is also to be discouraged,

  5. I had a problem with a blogger that reblogged. Because Word Press does not show any text in the text box for reblogs, she thought it had not worked. So, she copied the entire post and ADDED TO THE CONTENT as if it was in the original. The problem with her additions included interjecting her opinion that was inconsistent with the post making it sound down right hateful.

    There are some people who copy posts and do not give attribution in hopes of forcing DMCA take down notices. Their hope includes that bloggers do that themselves rather than through a lawyer so they can get the blogger’s personal information and then use it inappropriately.

    • I see some bloggers who copy and paste from other material for their entire posts, and never give attribution to where they obtained the information. Here lately, I see about 3 bloggers blog the same, identical post without any attribution. It’s hard to tell where it originated.

      I’ve noticed too that there must be a new widget or program that allows bloggers to program likes to their posts without their followers actually visiting and/or liking. I’ve unsubscribe to 2 blogs recently because of that.

    • I suppose we will never be able to stop these people. Disallowing reblogging like what I have done is only a passive way of dealing with this. If they opt to spend efforts to copy it from my blog, I guess they can still do it.
      There are at least two guys out there in WordPress who shamelessly just press the Reblog button and reblog dozens of post per day without any attribution.
      Why people have to cheat to give more Likes to themselves, you can cheat others, but not yourself!

  6. I agree. It’s annoying and thoughtless. I don’t have a reblog button on my posts but a person copied and pasted the link with some text from two of my posts. They did acknowledge my work but their commenters didn’t. They reacted as if it was that person’s writing, even though it was only an exerpt. Weird.

    • Yeah, there is no way of controlling how other people will be using your materials. Many readers can’t distinguish which part / or whole were from the original writer. My photos have also been stolen for advertisement purposes until I find out. . . . . not a very good situation.

    • Hi, I never know how to downsize photos. Do you have any recommendation as to the software and the means of doing it ? Thanks in anticipation.
      I am sure some people are downloding my photos.

    • I don’t have special software. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and I use the Microsoft program that came with it. I click on edit and resize. I always resize images to a horizontal pixel measurement of 650 which loads fast but isn’t too small on the screen. I’m no expert but this works well for me. The images would never be printable and wouldn’t look great much larger than what I have on my posts so I figure they’re not much use to anyone else.

    • Thanks for the prompt and useful information. I find out there is a free software Faststone Resizer which can do the job. I will edit it down 50% to see how it goes. maybe, my images are still printable. Thanks a lot :-0

    • Michael, this may not be relevant to you because you specified a free alternative. However, I use Lightroom as my primary editor which has an excellent export facility. I use presets which contain settings for destination, file renaming (not for WordPress publishing though), image format and quality, image sizing, output sharpening, metadata and watermarking. I can also export directly to WordPress.com so I don’t need to export the files to my hard disk first.

      I also use JpegMini which automatically compresses jpegs with no loss of quality. Not cheap though (though I did get it on special).

      There must be many free utilities that allow export to jpeg (though I have no knowledge of them). There may not be so many that allow presets so you can export in the same way without having to specify the details each time.

    • Murray, many thanks for your sharing of this information. I will look into it.
      At the moment, I am just using free software which seems quite handy.
      Regards, Michael

    • Lightroom Classic CC (as it is now called) is $US10 per month bundled with Photoshop though that may vary somewhat according to where you are. There are many Photoshop substitutes but currently no real Lightroom substitutes. MacPhun and Aurora say that they will be producing ones “soon” which will be cheaper than Lightroom and not subscription. (You can still buy a stand alone version of Lightroom but it is hard to find on the Adobe site and will soon no longer be updated). Some people also use Capture One. In broad terms though, Lightroom is I believe the most powerful and easy to use photo editor (and organiser) with a great profusion of learning materials including free videos from Adobe’s Julianne Kost.

    • Many thanks for your detail information.
      Murray, unlike you, I am just taking snap shots and not much into post processing.
      I am sure my readers will find your information very useful.
      BTW, have you published any books?

    • Thanks for the quick response.
      I have already browsed the images of lighthouses in your blog, they are real professional.
      Have to peruse your book as well.
      Well done!

    • Hi, I think we should avoid or prevent our intellectual property from being misused by others. My method is only a negative move as I cannot take control of what others can do. Thanks !

  7. Actually this has been happening to me for some time. Every time someone reblog my posts, I’m always not quite sure how to react. Should I be happy that my posts reach more audience? Or should I be worried because some of those bloggers have only reblogged posts on their blogs, as you said. This post of yours definitely got me thinking of it.

    • Hi Bama, if the “reblogger” makes clear that it is your work , gives you all the credits due to you, links back to your site and not trying to pretend it is his / her work, twists your content around, use your work for commercial purposes, only tries to increase his / her readership etc then it is OK. We need to be sure that he / she is trying to share your good work with his friends / readers and not just rebog it for some ulterior motives. We have no control on who / how our posts are reblogged and I have encountered people who refuses not to reblog my post even at my request. Altogether, it is a very unpleasant situation – this has made me deciding to remove my reblog button. Regards, Michael

  8. It seems like no matter what a person does, other selfish and inconsiderate people are ready and willing to use that person’s work for their own advantage. I’m sorry others have created this problem for you, but we are all glad you will continue your blog as we enjoy your wonderful photos and commentary!

    • Hi Marilyn, you pointed out quite rightly that there will be persons still doing it for their own motive. I will keep on blogging to share my travels / photos with the Global audience. Regards, Michael

    • I am surprised that there are not more people like me who speak out on this subject while their posts / photos are subjected to being “stolen”. Thank you for writing in, Elyse.

  9. Thank you for offering examples that led you to delete the ‘reblog’ feature on your blog. I understand you wanting care and respect for your creativity and find it disheartening that the incidents you mention occur. I will contact you if I want to share your work on my blog. Sending care, Arati

  10. Very sorry to hear that some dishonest people are trying to take advantage of your beautiful work! Only you deserve the credit. You made the right decision, Michael.

    • There is not much fame here. I have got less than 12,000 followers whereas one of those guys who continuously reblog others’ post without acknowledging gets over 120,000 followers.

    • People use “Publicize” on their Word Press blogs that combines the number of followers on other social media to the number of blog followers. When bloggers have Twitter and/or Facebook that allows for purchased followers, the number of blog followers might appear to be massive.

      By the way, when you see a link below the photo on a “reblog” it’s not a reblog but rather, Press This. When other bloggers use Press This is also when you get the notification to approve a Ping Back.

    • Hi Xena, I am sure you are more knowledgeable on this. Strictly speaking, I am still a novice and not spending a lot of time on blogging. I didn’t even know what a blog is before my retirement some 6 years ago. WordPress has the Reblog button, do they also have a Press This button,? Is there a choice? Many thanks & regards, Michael

    • Blog administrators have no option of turning off “Press This” for other bloggers. Press This operates on any website. It captures the title, the link, and a few lines automatically. However, a blogger can highlight an entire article and publish it in full. I’ve done that myself but I also edit to say that I published using “Press This” at the top of posts I publish that way. It does give attribution so there is no worry there. I don’t use it very often either.

      There are a few blogs I follow that began using Press This and since it was nothing more than a link to where the original article is found, I stopped visiting their “Press This” blog posts. Personally, I think it’s WordPress’ answer to Twitter. A study found that only about 1 percent of links in tweets are actually followed. In other words, bloggers are wasting their time thinking that using Press This is favorable to their followers.

    • Michael, I am so sorry you have had that experience and frustration.

      I’ve only been blogging 5 years, but about a month before I opened it, I read everything I could on how wordpress operates. Of course, Word Press has made changes through the years. For example, there was a time when you could reblog, send to Twitter or Facebook through the Reader. That function is no longer available.

      People who blog more than twice a day are doing themselves a disservice if they truly want their posts read. When their followers use the Reader, the reader lists posts published within minutes of each other giving little more than the title of the post.

    • Hi Xena, you are right.
      For this reason, I am trying to limit myself to publishing only one post per day.
      Previously, WP showed a big picture of your photo ( plus maybe smaller pictures underneath it ).
      Now, they show a truncated panoramic version of your photo if you just publish a photo without any accompanying text. That suited me, as for several years, I have no time to write and just showed my photo.
      Once you add text, all WP gives you is a tiny space for the photo plus a couple of lines from your text alongside of the photo.
      I rather like what WP had previously.
      Years ago, WP did not have Rebloggers who reblog dozens of other people’s work at no time; the good thing is now the dozen or so reblogs are bundled together and few people actually open and read those reblogs one by one.
      You seem to be very observant on what’s happening on WP.

    • If you want a large image and no text, check the “image” format next to the text box. It might be defaulting to standard. You can also play between the two to see which works best for you.

      You are so right about the “bundles” on the Reader. If there’s more than 3, I scroll pass them.

      If you publish more than one post a day, just make sure there’s time between them. That way they will appear in the reader separately.

      I enjoy your travel photos, and how you candidly shared news about your mom. You’re REAL, and I respect that.

    • I will check it out.
      You are right, if you allow sufficient time between posting, the posts may not be bundled together.
      I like speaking / writing out what I think / see and I have a great love for my parents; in that sense, I am a real person.
      Thanks for your kind words, Xena, much appreciated.

    • I am sure many of them are dormant; in fact, I don’t know what Followers actually mean and whether they receive a notification when I post ( think there are two types) but I wouldn’t be bothered.

    • You’re doing better than me, Michael, in terms of followers. I also have been blogging for six years since I retired and have just over 1,000 followers. I’d probably have more if I just posted single images each day rather than less frequent posts with many images and often detailed discussion of their context – but I have no interest in chasing those numbers. I suspect many people have quite limited attention spans. I also don’t think followers to the Reader count much – most probably never go there – only email ones.

    • You are absolutely right.
      For the last 2.75 years, I have been fighting cancer with my mom and didn’t put much effort into blogging.
      Personally, I like more text to go with multiple pictures in one post, but I couldn’t afford the time and effort.
      Now that my loving mom has passed away, I can spend more time travelling and preparing posts.
      I don’t care much about number of Followers too.
      I think, at any one time, there maybe only 200 of them, instead of close to 12,000 as reckoned by WordPress for my site.

  11. I seldom reblog. I have found that readership is low. When I do, it shows up as “originally posted on…” So to me it is quite clear that the “authorship” is not mine… Also only a very brief part of the post is displayed. Maybe it depends on the theme?

  12. It’s happened to me a few times and the blogger appeared as you say. If it happens to me as much as you I would remove that button, too. Authentic expressions of who we are, and sincere engagement with others is the way to grow a blog.

  13. I knew exaclty who you were speaking of when you wrote this as he reblogged many of my posts and added his own picture as the headline of it. He spent a good month bashing me on his blog and I looked and yep, it is him. He has written about you now on his blog. WordPress won’t take it down though. Apparently wordpress allows slander to other bloggers which I find completely unacceptable.
    Totally seperate…I adore your blog pictures and have enjoyed looking at them for some time now so thank you for posting them.
    I have actually had one blogger take one of my photos and say it was him. He finally credited me for it. It is highly disrespectful when I write personally about my experiences and my life and then have that violated is just…well, wrong. I’m sorry it happened to you. I will keep looking at your pictures as they are calming and beautiful.

    • I am completely ignoring him and have taken him off my Reader so I am not aware of what’s happening. I suspect he has an auto method for reblogging other bloggers’posts.
      Yes, my photos are usually a bit calming – something I need and like to share with others.
      I found with dismay that many of my photos now end up in Pinterest too.
      Thanks for writing to me and keeping an interest in my blog. Regards, Michael

    • Good. You are wise. I did not know to ignore him at first and apparently fueled the fire. I am ignoring him now.
      I wish that I would have felt honored to have someone “steal” my photograph that they loved it but it felt very violating of a personal experience that I had with this animal I took a photograph of. I try not to let it get to me anymore. Sometimes it is a challenge.
      I like to look at your pictures before bed as to see beauty before sleep because I feel it is important to the soul. It is in fact why I take photographs in the first place although not a professional like you, just a hobby but I do enjoy finding beauty in the world and sharing it.

    • I now realize that you speak out on Abuse – that needs courage and a sense of righteousness which i deeply appreciate.
      I am glad to hear that you look at my pictures before going to bed.
      I am not a professional photographer. I just took up photography again after retirement.

    • Yes. I am an abuse survivor. An entire childhood of multiple abusers. My blog is about overcoming the shame that is put on the victim by the perpetrator and finding beauty and peace again. I write a very honest yet raw blog about details and truth to bring awareness to others on the challenges we face every day.
      Thank you for appreciating my words.
      You may not be a professional but your work is quite amazing!
      I am currently on the look out for a camera that I can use that is light weight due to the weakness in my arms because of a muscle disease I have. I would like a zoom lens but they are also heavy. I am on the search though.
      Thank you for your kind comment

    • My trip to HuaShan with difficult climb also makes me thinking of buying a smaller camera with a built in zoom, I am sure they exist in the market ( or I can use my wife’s camera ).
      There are now some very good smartphone cameras with better controls and zoom I may also consider. Regards, Michael

  14. What a shame. I have experienced this a very limited extent but I would imagine someone with many, many followers like you would be appealing to a lazy blogger!

    • What I found out is that he collects maybe hundred of the better blog posts everyday and show them on his blog with lots of advertisement. Many of his readers are not aware or do not care that the posts are from others. He gets a good following and good money from his advertisement on his blog.

  15. I read your post and was horrified. Since all I do is post photos and “like” photos, I never thought someone would take another’s words and try to pass them off as their own. It takes a big person to admit that someone else is able to present a topic in a way that did not occur to them. Because of that, you want to let others know about this person. Guess that’s my naivete getting way of realizing that there will always be someone out there trying to be someone they are not. Is it possible to name these bloggers that grab material from others and pass it off as their own? Could a “Material Misuse” blog be created and linked to the culprits? It seems a shame to let them be able to continue their thievery unchecked.

    • I spotted them on my Reader – not sure how this guy got onto my Reader as I didn’t follow him.
      I spotted others when googling my site / name.
      Since then, I have unfollowed him in my Reader.
      I just don’t want to know anything more about this guy but will not take further action. Life is too short for me to do this.
      Thank you for your suggestion anyway.
      Regards, Michael

  16. I haven’t had any problems with reblogging but I have had a worse instance where a commercial site has extensively used my images of Easter Island after removing the watermark.
    That’s not a case of talking to them, it’s a case of talking to a lawyer but I have yet to get around to that.

    • I like your photos very much; they are of their own class while mine are just amateurish.
      No doubt, some people will steal your beautiful pictures.
      I have been talking to this guy who just do content scrapping without bothering to see how his reblogged posts look like. – no link back, top of post said it was by him when he reblogged the whole post.
      He continued to call me dumbass etc in his post.
      I just wouldn’t bother,
      One day, when I got fed up, I may go to the DMCA.
      Thanks for sharing your experience, Murray 🙂

  17. I agree. I have had my YouTube videos stolen and uploaded on Facebook by some one promoting a concert at his establishment. In principle I have no problems with some one using my work for this purpose, but, all I get in return for my efforts are likes, views and comments. By copying and uploading the copied video to his business’s Facebook page, this person is denying me the only reward I get while he could, with less effort, just link the promotion on Facebook with the url to my video; I do the same thing when I reference my videos in WP and FB. I didn’t want to resort to a DMCA takedown against a small business owner, but if he does this again; I’m ready, forms in hand. In reblogging I don’t understand why the post doesn’t automatically take the reader to the original post; it’s almost as if the system was set up for theft. Greetings Mr. Lai.

    • In my view, Word press also has a responsibility for posts blogged here. Firstly, they don’t suppress Contant Scoping.
      Secondly, for many of the themes available in WP, if readers press Reblog, they don’t show information of the original writer or their link.
      I don’t want to waste time with WP or DCMA so just delete my reblog button.
      Regards, Michael

    • I am not against reblogging – but then it should not misled reader thinking that the post and pictures are by the “reblogger”. There should be an acknowledgement at least of the name of the one who originally prepared the post with a link back. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happened.
      I am glad you like the terracotta – there will be more to come 😊

  18. It always seems it’s the few who spoil it for the masses … but I understand your frustration. Good points in a comment above about WordPress taking some responsibility to make sure themes that have the reblog capability also do so with attribution. Your creativity should not be used to prop up another’s creative void.

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