A Question About Re-blogs

Posted on November 12, 2020

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By David Ettinger

This is something which has bugged me for a while, and I finally decided to address it. It concerns re-blogs on WordPress. (That’s actually me in the picture!)

Yesterday, I re-blogged an excellent post by Thinking in Grace called “Yes, Christians Can Vote Democrat, But …” Many of you read my new cyber-friend’s blog, for which I’m grateful, so thank you!

However, I’m confused. Whenever someone re-blogs, it appears first on the “sharer’s” website (in this case, mine). The re-blogged post will have about 2 or 3 paragraphs, an ellipsis, and then the words, “View Original Post.”

At that point, those wishing to read the remainder of the blog can click on the “View Original Post” link and finish it on the original blogger’s website. Then, if the reader wishes to “like” the blog and comment on it, he or she SHOULD do so on the original blogger’s website.

Why then did so many likes and comments come to my website? If all of you who read my friend’s blog clicked through to its conclusion, why were “likes” and comments not addressed to him? Did you read his blog, close it, then come back to my website to “like” and comment? That makes no sense.

Conversely, I notice that when some of you graciously share my posts, I might find 10 or 12 “likes” and several comments on your website, none of which made it over to me.

How in the world does that happen? Why are your friends not “liking” and commenting on my page? After all, I’m the one who wrote the blog.

When I read a re-blog, I click on the “View Original Post” and “like” and comment on the original author’s website so that he or she may receive the benefit of it. Why is this not always the case?

If you have insight on this, please tell me what I’m missing.

Thanks, guys, I really appreciate you indulging me!