Reblogging and Being Reblogged--Much More than an "ego trip" whenever it happens!!

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I wouldn't go so far as to call this an "epiphany". It was more like a reality check. I have started reading some ActiveRainposts, which I more or less, "wish I had written". They were germane to the type of information I was trying to contribute; they were relevant to the reader base I thought I had some appeal to. I "reblogged" these posts, sometimes with a small preface indicating why I thought the post in question was noteworthy. Many times I have received thirty or forty comments on posts I have reblogged. At times, I returned some of these comments.

I have written a lot of posts, myself, [over 300] in the roughly two years I have been on Active Rain. Thirty have achieved featured status; a bunch more were read by more than one or two people. I have not kept track of how many of my posts have been "reblogged". I like statistics, but there is a point where statistics can really get in the way of production. Suffice it to say, many of you have chosen to "reblog" things which I have put together.

The point of this post is to comment on the impact of "reblogging" in ActiveRain nation. To me it is a thoroughly useful tool to educate and communicate. When I reblog something, I am telling people who follow me that this is worth their time. I am more or less committing my stamp of approval to someone else's work. That means the post in question, at a minimum, needs to be lively and topical. If I reblog "junk", it speaks ill of me, so there are standards even in the reblog arena.

In terms of my own work, I need to be mindful that someone, somewhere may reblog my post to someone who does not read me. The people who follow me seem to cut me a lot of slack. I do not have that kind of well of experience with new people. I need to write decent stuff every time I release that mouse. The specter of being reblogged creates a quality requirement over every post I publish.

The best part of reblogging, in either scenario, is that it keeps the lines of communication alive among us and gives us opportunites to comment and engage. When we engage, we become more than a name; we become a trusted source. There is no finer honor than to have achieved that status with all of you, and that is what I am shooting for every day,

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Rainmaker
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Colleen McConnell
Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Retired Realtor

You are so right. ActiveRain is a wealth of information and insight and reblogging helps to spread the wealth. It has been the source of answers to real estate questions and inspiration for me. Thanks for your thoughtful posts.

Feb 23, 2011 05:42 AM #1
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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I miss the REblog function and I hope it gets REblogged and fixed soon * I like being able to post supporting blogs on MY outside blog and get DOUBLE G-juice for AR friends

Feb 23, 2011 06:15 AM #2
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Elliott, I am always surprised when one of my posts is reblogged. I do not reblog enough, I think it is a great feature, depsite the fact I could count on one hand how many I have done. And you are right, there are times I have read something and think... "now why couldn't I have written that?". And then forget about the reblog feature, LOL. Shame on me.

Feb 23, 2011 06:25 AM #3
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I know I am missing out on important posts because the reblog feature is not working. The reblog feature deputized all of us to increase the visibility of quality posts.

Feb 23, 2011 07:15 AM #4
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

When I first joined the Rain, I thought rebloggers were just people too lazy to write their own. Then reality settled in and I appreciate them now as I can' possible catch every post and the reblogs kind of pre qual posts as worth reading as someone thought enough of it to reblog. All part of the Active Rainer evolution I guess.

Feb 23, 2011 07:21 AM #5
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Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Westwood, MA
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I thnk part of the work here on Active Rain as you point out is reading what others say.  I make it a point to read as many as I can.  I follow more than 70 people and that numbers is always moving.  I don't write to be reblogged, although I have been lucky enough to have written things people appreciate in that way.  I don't have the number of features, but I also don't have your depth of knowlege, experience and expertise.  I sit in wonder on a daily basis and just suck it all in.

Feb 23, 2011 09:41 AM #6
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elliot - I am relatively new to AR (8 months).  I waited to reblog because I was unsure.  I went to do it and now the re-blog function is off.  UGH:(

Feb 23, 2011 10:59 AM #7
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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
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I have reblogged a few posts that I felt were worthy of a bit more notice than what they were getting. It doesn't do a lot for them, as I don't really have a lot of people reading my blog, but if one or two extra people read the content, then that's really all I'm trying to accomplish. It's like giving a fellow blogger a pat on the back.

Feb 23, 2011 04:46 PM #8
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Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

I will never forget the first time I was reblogged.  It was a definite Sally Field moment..."You Like Me!  You really like me!"

Feb 23, 2011 05:43 PM #9
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
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I would happily REBLOG this post.  If I could. 

Feb 24, 2011 07:02 AM #10
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