The continued absence of the ‘reblog’ button from WordPress blogs seems to be causing a good many problems. Until the issue is fixed… which we are assured that it will be when they figure out what is causing it… there are a couple of things you can do if you wish to reblog a post.
Use the Press This button
Press This is found by default as one of the sharing buttons on all WordPress.com sites…unless the user has disabled the function manually. Simply click the button and a new window will open that contains no more than a link and a title, looking something like this:
It is enough with which to share the article, but not very interesting as a post… especially if the title doesn’t tell you anything about it!
You still need to add categories and tags, and schedule the post and you can also cut and paste an extract of the text from the original article.
Alternatively, you can install Press This on your bookmarks menu. This allows you to ‘reblog’ from any site, including self-hosted blogs and other online sites.
Go to my sites (top left of screen) – scroll down to WP Admin > tools >available tools…then scroll down to drag the Press This bookmarklet to your bookmarks. To use the feature, highlight a section of text on any page or article, press the Press This bookmark and it will create a new post for you to tag and schedule.
For those with multiple blogs, you will need to install a separate bookmarklet for each blog to which you wish to post reblogged content.
If that all seems awkward… which it is in comparison to the reblog button, but which takes moments in reality, you can create a post as you normally would, then cut and paste a short extract from the post you wish to reblog, add a redirect like ‘continue reading at joeblogs.com‘ and a link to the original article.
It took me a while when I first started blogging to work out what a pingback actually was… it is just a link that alerts the author of the reblogged post that you have shared their content.
To create a link/pingback – highlight, select and copy the entire web address of the article in question, which will look something like this:
Highlight the text you wish to link, for example:
Elusive realities and strange encounters
Right click with the mouse and select ‘paste’ – this brings up a ‘settings’ box. Click the pencil icon, then the cog icon and click ‘open in new tab’ then save. Link and pingback are done. They should look like this:
Note that while you can link back to any article on your own or any other website in this way, pingbacks will only be created to individual posts, not generic ‘pages’.
You can also use the links to share a post in other ways too.
- Write your own post and link back to the original where it seems appropriate within your post.
- Write about the original post… your thoughts on the subject, the content or the issues it raises.
- Add links to related posts at the end of your own post.
- Create a post that is a round-up of links to posts you have found interesting that day or week.
These methods are all simple and take longer to write about than to do. Not all posts have a reblog button… so it is good to have alternatives and some blog themes (like this one) do not show a reblog button until you click into the post even when that function is functioning,
And if none of those methods appeal to you, there are all the social media buttons through which you can share a writer’s work… or you could just bookmark posts to reblog when WordPress finally sort the problem out!