Are Points Your Motivation For Re-blogging?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC

The title of Russel Ray's blog, "Feature worthy and rebloggable, #5" caught my attention. It wasn't aAre Points Your Motivation For Re-blogging? stretch to conclude the blog would likely offer affirmation and praise for noteworthy blogs and bloggers. I was initially intrigued and captivated.  

Then I read Ray's introduction and opening comment, "Since the ActiveRain system lets us reblog up to ten posts per week for points..." and became immediately disenchanted. Herein lies the motivation? Sigh! Are points your motivation for re-blogging? (Disclaimer: This is a generalized question and not posed to Ray).

It's disheartening to think that point acquisition appears to be singled out as the sole purpose and reason for re-blogging. It led me to comment, "If blogs are truly "Feature worthy and rebloggable" then why not do it on merit alone? Why stop at 10? Would you REALLY re-blog posts if no points were offered?"

Ray commented with, "The ActiveRain featured post system is broken, in my humble opinion, so this is just my way of helping more people get noticed." and forwarded me an email "Yes. But it's not about me, it's about the other people, helping them get noticed! ActiveRain has a points system. Might as well use it!"

I concur on one point Ray made: the ActiveRain System for Featured Posts is both biased and broken. Any guidelines which might exist are considered proprietary and the system appears to unfairly reward high point count bloggers. It miserably fails the community by neglecting bloggers who tend to post during "off hours" or whose blogs go unnoticed due to the heavy volume of posting.

Nonetheless there are times I do stumble across a terrific blog that fails to get attention or aptly noticed and will re-blog it. However, I never seem to find this "magical number of 10" within a 7-day structured period as so many others do. If blogs are truly "Feature worthy and rebloggable" then why is it most stop at 10? Could it be that points are the motivation for re-blogging? The focus isn't to share good information in a blog that was somehow overlooked by the AR gods?

So I'd like to pose the following questions to the community at large, hoping for some honest feedback:

  • Are points (really) your motivation for re-blogging? And...
  • Would you REALLY re-blog posts if no points were offered?

As the the National Enquirer tabloid might propose, ""Enquiring minds want to know!"

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Mike

I reblog to spread the word. Sometimes, I really like a blog, and want it to be seen on other groups where it isn't posted.  It's also like paying homage to an insightful blogger. There are so many of them who deserve a bigger audience.

I don't do it too often, and when i do, you can be sure of the utmost respect I have for the orignal poster.

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July 31, 2011 01:00 AM
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I like the reblog, even if you receive no points for it. The fact that someone else wrote a great blog about information and I can share it but still give credit to the original blogger is a great idea. Plus, it does save me some time from having to write and link the post myself. Sure, it doesnt take THAT long, plus I would get more points for it... but for me it has never been about the points.

As a matter of fact, the point system itself is just an added bonus like a game or something. Whether I have 10,000 points or 100,000 points, I can still do a ton of business. Plus, just because someone has 1mil points doesnt even mean that the blogger is good at Real Estate (that is not a shot at anyone, just an example). The points is just to keep an interest I guess.

Features posts have always been a popularity thing... sometimes you'll see a very well written post that deserves a feature and sometimes you'll find a post that is just thrown together yet its been featured. Depends on the mood of the readers and the AR peeps that hit it with a featured star. I've seen features with hundreds of comments and some featured with just under 10 comments. Heck, I've even seen a REBLOG hit with a feature... which is really ridiculous. It will never be clear why some posts are chosen and others are over looked.

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I reblog simply to help other people. Otherwise I could write something myself on the very same topic. I discovered long ago that reblogging can provide an extra glass of Google juice for the one being reblogged, and if I can find Golden Oldies that have few or no comments or reblogs, I’m going to highlight them. With over 211,000 members, the ActiveRain featured posts system misses a lot of posts, so I go back a year or more to find them. It’s time consuming, which is a main reason why I stop at 10.

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Mike, I did not know that points were awarded for reblogs. So, yes, when I reblog a post it is because I feel the author has said something worth sharing.

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Mike:

the only time I reblog is to hopefully get a bigger audience for the original blog.  Or at least decimate the information to other groups.

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