Random Wednesday Rant

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Many of us have prompts and also share prompts, which is great and fun. We’re a really cool community imo. I think we’re actually better since the demise of the official WordPress Daily Prompt. Now we have so many interesting words and games and photos around Blogland to motivate our creativity and create interaction… yay!

However. 🙄

What is with the obsessive reblogging and overquoting? Please don’t merely “like” this post because that’s annoying. Answer the question. Be honest. Do you reblog when someone replies to your prompt because you believe it’s your mission to get them seen by new readers and perhaps liked and followed? Or do you simply want your name in the newsfeed again? I have my theory, of course. 😎

Now, onto the quoting. We all want to be given credit for our words. But why isn’t a simple link back enough? Generally, when I do a word prompt, I link the word in my story/poem/rant/essay without further explanation. If I’m playing a game or using a photo, I will include a line with a link. If I’m copying a question or a pile of ’em, I’ll say so. But I don’t copy more than what is necessary. Why would I cut and paste an entire post? I don’t get that. Many times, the quoted part is longer than what the poster adds, making the post look lopsided. Forex, cutting and pasting 30 lines of directions for a 3-line haiku. Think about what your post looks like on the page. 🧐

Also, there are times when I haven’t read the original, so I’m not even sure where it leaves off and the new stuff begins. Earlier I read someone asking that something be kept family friendly. So much was quoted I couldn’t tell if it was the prompter asking it from writers, or the new poster asking it from commenters. This isn’t the first time quoted material blended into new writing… it happens frequently with different bloggers. There is no reason to quote such vast amounts of material! 🤯

End rant.


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49 responses to “Random Wednesday Rant

  1. ha ha… I occasionally reblog when I want my post to get more attention, but reblogging all the time has caused me to turn off notifications for some. And as for the prompts… I too get irritated when the whole original post is included. I also confess that I don’t like just reading contests or challenges… I tend to just click them aside… I want more original self stuff. I found I can only handle being involved in just a few challenges.

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  2. I think it is my posts which have been the cause of this outburst. I had promised to reblog the responses to my prompt and so I have to. I never thought that I would get so many. Anyway, I need to get better organized and do it slowly. In my defense, I can say that it’s only my second week! Sorry ☹️

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  3. I quite enjoyed this rant! I don’t run any prompts and I don’t often read or participate in them, but generally I’m a fan of minimalism when it comes to these kinds of things.

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  4. ❤ Bless you!

    I too have felt this way! I don't possess the ability to rant…but I appreciate so much that you explained how it can come across when you keep seeing the same posts in the already impossible to keep up with WP Reader.

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  5. I don’t like seeing the same posts reblogged here and reblogged there by any number of people. I don’t usually read reblogs. I want to see what the person I followed has to say – not what they found somewhere else.
    I maybe have shared a post of someone’s once or twice in all the years.
    I don’t like seeing the long instructions to a prompt, either. Just add a pingback, so they can go see for themselves how to do it. 🙂

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  6. Yeah, sometimes the entire reader can be original post and reblogs…all the same stuff.
    I just spam up everyone’s comments. They are free to ignore, delete, like, or reply… or rant😉

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  7. This. So this. I never reblog other people’s posts. When they inspire me, I write a blog post of my own and link back to whoever inspired me.

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  8. I don’t see the point of reblogging someone else’s post. If you want people to read it, then fine, write a short post explaining why your readers should read the other post and provide a link. Which might be the problem: a lot of people, even those who have been blogging for a considerable amount of time, don’t know how to link to another post.

    If I quote another post, it’s a short excerpt and a link to the post that says “read the whole thing.”

    There are a few blog hops where the person in charge asks the participants to add the rules to their post. I figure it’s good enough to toss in a link, and again, some people don’t know how to do that.

    Except for maybe one time, the only blogger whose posts I’ve reblogged are mine, and even then I copy the text out of the original into a new post, because I also tend to reformat it and replace videos when necessary.

    I tend to blow right past any post that looks the same as one I’ve already seen.

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    • Yep, totally with you, John. I do reblog an oldie of my own on Fridays, and I try to reach far back for ones that current readers most likely haven’t seen. I’m also not a fan of reposting the boring lists of rules. Not a fun read!


  9. I have reblogged posts I really, really like and want others to share my joy at finding that feeling.
    And because I’m an irregular poster, sometimes I need to let people know I’m still around, still muddling along.
    I’d prefer the ‘rules’ and stuff to be on the originator’s post, with a link stating where to find them, and then the original stuff – faster to read (time is short for everyone).
    And I don’t know if this happens to other people, but if I don’t like before I read, I can’t seem to do a like (the icon is there, but no lights are on). So I like first, then read, which annoyed one poster so much I don’t follow that one anymore. C’est la vie.

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  10. I’ve reblogged a few posts purely because I’ve found them fascinating or lovely (animals). I do reblog PCGuyIV’s Fibbing Friday to get it out to my readers too. When doing challenges set by other people though I usually just link in the original post rather than reblog it.

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  11. I don’t reblog the posts of people who respond to my prompts for two reasons. One, I don’t have time. Two, my reblog button on the WordPress app for my iPhone doesn’t work, so even if I wanted to and even if I had the time, I don’t have the capability (at least not on my iPhone, where I do the bulk of my blogging).

    I, too, don’t understand why people post the lengthy instructions from other bloggers’ prompts in their responses. All they should do is create a link/pingback to the prompt blogger’s post. I do sometimes give highlights from some of Rory’s prompts because they can be a bit convoluted at times. And for awards posts, if there are rules to follow, I may post those in my response, but I do try to keep it succinct.

    So, bottom line, I agree with your rant 💯%.

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  12. To be honest, I don’t understand reblogging– how to do it nor the need to do it. Why make things complicated when you can just write and publish your own stuff? If you refer to another blogger’s post then add a specific link to it in your post and be done with things. Of course, I’m an old school blogger who believes in simplicity.

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  13. After reading this post and all the comments, I am tempted to add my two cents worth.
    I feel that a person’s blog is their own little space in the blogosphere. This should give them the option to post when and how they like, just as they are free to choose the design and format of their blog.
    As for reblogging and reposting, this again is a matter of personal choice. I am “guilty” too since I have just begun a series of questions and I am reblogging the responses.Whether it is interpreted as self promotion or promotion of other bloggers, I don’t mind because I am enjoying it.
    No offence meant.

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  14. Ok, I am guilty. I tend to post the rules to the prompt rather than just a link. I will have to go through my posts and take out the long rules part and just add a link if they want to check it out. I have prepared posts for each prompt I do and just add the new stuff so I am not doing a lot of extra work per se, but I get your reasoning and it does clutter up the blog post. Thanks for the reminder.

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  15. I very rarely re-blog other’s articles, if and when I do, I am paying the writer a compliment it though my own have been re-blogged on a number of occasions and when that happens it’s

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  16. Oops! Trigger happy! My unfinished half edited comment left my screen by mistake!

    A re-blog provides a taster of the blog we are sharing, then it’s up to the reader whether to read the blog in it’s entirety. A link doesn’t do the job quite as well.
    Occasionally, my own posts have been re-blogged and I was flattered that someone found my post interesting enough to do so.

    I’m glad you encouraged your readers to leave comments here, they all make interesting reading. Thanks, Paula. 🙂

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  17. Apologies, Paula, this is what happens when you get called away a couple of times and interrupted when attempting a reply!
    I meant to add that I was talking about re-blogging in general. I wouldn’t re-blog a prompt page I have responded to, the fact that I have an obvious highlighted Pingback should be enough for someone to take a look if they are so inclined. 🙂

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  18. I link. I send folks to the source because that’s the right thing to do. It’s not my work; it’s theirs. Also, they may be dependent on clicks/traffic for income.

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  19. 😀 I think I waited a year before reblogging something. We have a similar pet peeve.

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  20. I generally only use links – I’ll reblog if I just think it’s a really good post and other people will read it! I also try not to just like something without reading it properly, which is definitely more than I can say for some people… :/

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