No More ReBlogging For The Time Being

Evarlese – a member of the Automattic WordPress team – commented on September 9th this year in a forum discussion:

We’ve disabled the “Reblog” feature at the moment to help improve its functionality in the future. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in the meantime!

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

I know a number of people (including TimeThief from the excellent OneCoolSiteBloggingTips) disliked reblogging and thought it amounted to content theft. It is hard to disagree with that when large chunks of content are taken.

Rob Crilly

I am passing along that in the ‘interesting’ times in which we live, Rob Crilly – a British journalist in Pakistan – has something to say in his blog South Of West about the situation there.

WordAds For Some Bloggers

From the WordPress blog today for bloggers running WordPress on WordPress’s servers – that is blogs like this one – comes that news that some of us will be able to run ads.

For bloggers running WordPress blogs on their own servers, they have always been able to run ads.

So this is a new departure for blogs.

The article states:

If you’re going to have advertising on your site, it darn well better be good, and beginning with our partnership with Federated Media we’re ready to start rolling out WordAds here on

But there are a couple of caveats. When you click through to the application page you will see firstly:

Only publicly visible blogs with custom domains will be considered for this program.

That’s not a problem if you are prepared to pay for a custom domain:

If you are interested but don’t have a custom domain, you can quickly sign up for a custom domain for your blog(s) below.

But then comes the stinger:

Selection will be based on level of traffic and engagement, type of content, and language used on a blog. Some blogs may not be accepted. Entering the form below does not commit you to the advertising program. It just signals your interest in learning more

I wonder how many applications will be successful?

And why the requirement that a blogger must have a custom domain? Why? If it is to winnow out the casual from the committed blogger, Federated Media could do that when they accepted or rejected a blog. I can’t help but think that it is an entry fee, nothing more nor less.