Confusion about bloggers who share my posts

A recommendation for all bloggers

If you would like to increase the likelihood that others will come across your content on the Internet and make their ways to your blog, it behooves you to enable ‘sharing buttons’ (Twitter, FB, etc.) on your posts and pages.

Personally, I always appreciate it when people share my posts because this can potentially drive traffic and new readers here to the Skeptic’s Kaddish.


My confusion about “Super-Sharers”

Having said that, I’ve noticed a phenomenon (for lack of a better word) of something that I call ‘Super-Sharing’. By ‘Super-Sharers’, I mean to say that there are individuals who regularly share multiple blog posts of mine to their blogs and do not interact with me at the Skeptic’s Kaddish in any other way.

‘Super-Sharing’ blogs are almost entirely comprised of blog posts that have been shared from other people’s blogs – there’s no unique content on them. In fact, the ‘Super-Sharers’ I’ve come across don’t even seem to be making any profit off of their blogs. They don’t sell merchandise or services, and they don’t feature advertisements. So why on earth are they doing this?

Again, I’m not asking this because it bothers me – I’m more than happy when other bloggers share my content via the ‘sharing buttons’. I’m asking because I find ‘Super-Sharing’ inexplicable. I’m baffled.


Bloggers who share others’ content

I’ve also come across some people who encourage other, newer bloggers to submit their content (poetry, prose, etc.) to be published on their more established blogs. These bloggers generally boast large subscriber numbers, which leads others to think that their own blogs will gain exposure if their content is published there.

When I first launched my blog, I shared a couple of poems on one such blog, but nothing came of that for me. In fact, in retrospect, I realize that I was supporting the other blog by providing it with content, rather than the other way around.

Now, when I say that I was “supporting” this other blog by providing it with content, I mean to say that every successful blog must publish new content regularly. Content, first and foremost, is that which attracts potential readers. However, much like ‘Super-Sharers’, most of these bloggers are not publishing much creative content of their own – they’re simply posting other people’s works.


Why I publish others’ poetry

“But David,” you may be thinking in confusion, “Don’t you publish other writers’ poems on your blog?”

Yes – but.

Yes, I do publish other people’s poems here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish, but I write my own poems directly in response to their creative works, which I publish immediately below my guests’ verses. This I do for at least two or three reasons:

  1. I am invested in developing relationships and potential poetry collaborations with other writers;
  2. The Skeptic’s Kaddish, for me, is my personal creative space, which contains the fruits of my writing endeavors; and I take pride in this. It is my hope that potential readers will read and enjoy my creative content. As such, if someone decides to subscribe to the Skeptic’s Kaddish, I want to know that they’re doing so out of an interest in my writing.
  3. Also, as a major fringe benefit, having other creatives’ poems to respond to with works of my own is incredibly inspiring – their pieces get my own creative juices flowing.

Your thoughts?

Do any of you guys have thoughts on this? Have you encountered any ‘Super-Sharers’ and are just as confused as I am? Honestly, I simply cannot figure them out – what’s their endgame?

Also, if you have any questions about ‘sharing buttons’, I’ll do my best to answer them… is this a subject worth addressing in one of my ‘blogging tips’ posts?


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

70 thoughts on “Confusion about bloggers who share my posts”

  1. Hi Ben, I agree that there’s plenty that doesn’t make sense in the blogging world. Yesterday I got a “like” from someone I didn’t know–and that generally sends me to their blog to see if we have any shared interests. The blog was all about selling shoes!

    I’d say, “God bless you”…but perhaps that offends you 🙂 So, I hope you and your family are well.

    1. 💛💞 Zelda 💛💞 ~ thanks!

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ because that is my first name. The word ‘ben’ means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my Father’s Love name was ‘Alexander’. I created this blog in his memory. My pen name is confusing for English speakers because ‘Ben’ is a common name… Sorry about the confusion 😸

      Sincerely,
      David

      1. I’m so sorry, I should have remembered that from ages ago when we had occasional contact on a different blog of mine. Please forgive.

          1. Well, let’s both be fine now 🙂 I could go on feeling old and stupid–but what a waste of the little time that remains 🙂 Have a wonderful day!💖

  2. Interesting topic, sharing and promoting others work. I also think building meaningful relationships is Important to get other blogger attention. Traffic part comes later… So who will promote my blog too

  3. Well done, David. It needed to be said, and you said it well here. There are certainly some strange practices out there in the blogosphere, and they’re ultimately all about resource centralization and extraction—the resource being attention. That’s the endgame. The strategy, however, is weak.

    Thanks very much for your like of my post on Baudelaire. I liked your poem on Edgar Allan Poe very much. You used an original rhyming scheme worthy of the great man himself!

    1. ❤ Thanks, Dean! ❤ ~ your writing and blog are incredibly elegant – I'm incredibly impressed. I really appreciate your kind compliments and reflections.

  4. I am just happy you gave them a name – I have been confused and annoyed as much – just don’t understand them! I guess they just like to say they have a blog? And what better way …

  5. Interesting topic Ben, I’ve seen some bloggers who are always re-blogging without sharing the link or the original website, that bothers me. I do like the idea of sharing or promoting someone’s work but picking up work without acknowledgement baffles me and yes serial re-bloggers can be annoying!

    1. Tanya, I’ve never seen anyone copy my original work without crediting me, but it would not shock me. I’d be very upset about that.

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’. That’s my first name. The word ‘ben’ means ‘son of’ in Hebrew and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’. I created this blog in his memory. 😇

      -David

  6. I don’t care for the idea of “super-sharers”. I find that some blogs are nothing but shared posts of others, and no real content of their own. I don’t feel it helps gain followers and it is annoying. My blog “Eugi’s Causerie” is a self-hosted blog thus no relog feature, however, my other blog Eclectic Brew, is a WordPress.com blog and has the reblog feature. You can turn off the reblog feature but it is not specific for one post and applies to all.

  7. well you stirred up quite a lot of comments here David… good food for thought.
    At first I was flattered by people sharing and reblogging my work but now I’ve found that I have to remove my poems and ask people who have reblogged me to release those posts because when they reblog it is considered their work even tho my copyright is on it.o re
    It’s a hell of a lots of work when wanting to use it for your own book and you have to ask them to release it and remove your own poems from your site. ugh!
    Do you know if you can turn the reblog button off for certain posts that you don’t want anyone to reblob?
    Wish i’d know this before… darn!

  8. Shared! Just kidding. I’ve traveled to blogs that have shared a post and it was lost in a sea of blue, blue links all run together like a python script. The effort to collect all these links is commendable, but really quite useless. I guess everyone has a role to play. This isn’t the first one I’ve failed to understand.

  9. I don’t get it either–only happens occasionally to me, and I’ve never seen any real results from the exposure. Who reads their blogs also? I never see many likes on the posts. (K)

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