I’ve been reblogged a few times (once or twice by the person that inspired this post), and my decision never do them myself is very much at odds with my opinion on the practice itself. So when I saw Opinionated Man’s Daily Opinion post on the subject I thought I’d answer the questions he posed about it, if only to explore and explain my perspective.
Do you consider being reblogged without being asked first rude?
No, and I think it’s rude to take offense or complain if someone reblogs one of your posts.If you’ve made a blog, written on it, and left it accessible to the public then you’ve got no right to complain about the ripples your words cause in the world of the internet. Negative attention isn’t something to complain about either. If someone was impacted enough by you to share some of your work, it doesn’t matter if they preface it by saying that it sucks. Fact is, it was potent enough that they decided to share it on their own blog. If this happens, you can rest assured you’re doing something right. Maybe it rubbed them the wrong way or maybe they’re just an asshole, but either way it means you wrote something they couldn’t help but take note of.
As far as complaining about too much attention… c’mon. You started a fucking blog. On the internet. Where any one of a million people can see it. Don’t tell me you didn’t do it for attention, because on some level you did. I might be difficult to deal with an influx of new readers, comments, etc. if someone like OM shares one of your posts, but don’t complain or bitch about someone’s nod of respect just because you can’t handle the influx of people. Someone appreciated you’re words and they’re reaching farther. Say thanks, deal with the consequences of your own actions (people don’t have to share it, but then again, you didn’t have to write it either), and move on to the next thing. Or take your ball and go home.
Would you consider a reblog from me as crossing the line?
Not even close. It might make things more difficult for me for a while because honestly, I’m not much for the interactive aspect of writing. I enjoy it, but it’s draining. But that’s something I chose to take on when I up and made a blog. No one forces me to write any of the content here, and that’s not going to change any time soon. The buck stops with me. As far as lines being crossed… no. Just, no. It’s something to appreciate, not something to get offended by.
Do you think it is fair for me to reblog new WordPressers and possibly overwhelm them with comments and likes that they are not used to?
lol, see above comments for my take. They don’t even have to respond to the comments, and neither do I. How someone deals with a situation is entirely up to them. It can be overwhelming if they allow it to be overwhelming. They can ignore most (or all) of the comments. They can respond, if they think they’ll feel bad for ignoring them. They can tackle them all at once, get them out-of-the-way and over with. Or they can take it slow and easy. No pressure, except for what they put on themselves. If you share someones post and they get overwhelmed with comments and likes… it wasn’t your fault.
Would you care if I reblogged your post?
Most definitely. This is part of why most of us are here, to reach out to other people, to be heard. You happen to have a lot of reach, so I would care a lot. Like I said, it would be rude and to bent out of shape over that. personally, I find it puzzling that anyone would feel anything but appreciative.