How to Re-Blog without a Re-Blog Button
Recently, my friend Pradita over at The Pradita Chronicles pointed out that I was missing a reblog button on my site. Since I often don’t notice things when I can’t see them, I hadn’t noticed this issue. On a typical WordPress.com site, this isn’t a problem, but I use a self-hosted WordPress.org site. The reblog button is simply not available to me.
As is often the case, when I searched around the net for help on this, I had to search a lot and wade through a lot of useless information. Because of that, I thought I would post something simple about it here.
Here’s the WordPress blog about it all… it’s well written, but I still found it all confusing. Sometimes I’m like that.
Simply put, if someone has a WordPress.com site, you can reblog something from their blog on your WordPress site, simply by clicking their reblog button (at the end of their post). If the reblog button is unavailable, it either means they don’t want you to reblog their site or it means they are self-hosted (like I am) and as such do not have this feature available for their site.
The way around this for you (the person trying to reblog a site) is to use a feature called, “Press This.” That’s a creative name! Can you guess what you do with this feature?
Here’s what you do:
1. Go to WordPress.com and log in to your account.
2. Click “My Site” (top left-hand corner of the screen)
3. Scroll down to Settings on the left-hand side and click it
4. In the center of the screen, you’ll have four menu options: General; Writing; Discussion; Traffic.
5. Select the “Writing” menu and scroll down to the bottom of the screen
6. Read the little description about “Press This” and then either drag the “Press This” button up to your favorites bar and drop it there (Chrome or Internet Explorer) or add the button to your favorites (right-click in Internet Explorer)
Now, Pradita found the “Press This” button in Settings-Writing was unresponsive. I think the reason for this is because the internet is often irritating. So, she kept digging and found the solution was to head over to her dashboard and the “Press This” button could be accessed through “Tools.” So if the above steps do not work, check out “Tools” in the Dashboard.
Next, here are two ways to make use of the “Press This” button (make sure you’re logged in to your WordPress site):
Option 1: You can simply press the “Press This” button.
Go to a page you would like to reblog and press the “Press This” button. If you do this, a new window will pop up. The page you are currently on will show up as a link in the window with an option to add in some text of your own. This is where you can say, “This blog was so awesome I had to share it with all of you!” When you hit “Publish,” it should just simply publish the reblog to your site. VERY simple!
Option 2: You can highlight a section of the page and then press the “Press This” button.
Go to a page you would like to reblog and highlight the first little bit of it (enough to grab the attention of your billions of regular readers). Then, press the “Press This” button. You’ll see a new window pop up and in it will be the text you highlighted, the link to the blog you are reblogging and a section where you can add in something about what you are reblogging. Hit “Publish” and you’re all set! Also very simple!
I hope this has been helpful for you as you look to reblog. You can actually reblog just about anything on the internet (although it’s probably polite to check first with the blogger, though, for some stuff).
So… add in your “Press This” button and reblog all my blogs! 🙂
Comment below with all your comments on how happy it makes you to reblog! 🙂 Also, a special thanks to Pradita!