At any given moment of the day on HIVE, a flurry of activity is underway. We scroll our feeds to catch as much as we can, but it's near to impossible to see it all.
No doubt, HIVE has improved in this regard. At our fingertips are communities to join and a cute little heart we can click to add someone to our list of favorite authors.
These tools make it easier to improve our personal feeds here on HIVE. It's still not always that easy to find new content or upcoming authors we haven't seen before.
That's where the use of the reblog becomes extremely useful!
I'm Following You But Not Them
Nobody here is going to try to follow everybody. Right? Not if you're a real live author or curator. That doesn't mean you aren't on the hunt for new and interesting people or projects.
But we can only vote and follow when a post catches our eye. Sure, we can scroll the new feed until it buffers us to sleep.
For myself, finding great new content and people to follow is so much easier when YOU reblog it. And of course, that goes for myself as well. Because I might not be following that person you are, and vice versa.
So simply reblogging a fantastic post from...say an author in your Favorites List makes it appear on my direct feed. Because I'm following you not them. It wouldn't have shown up otherwise, and it gives me the chance to vote for / follow them too.
Hiveing With Life Just Under The Surface
Once you join HIVE, spend some time here, and find your footing, it's natural to want to spread your roots. Meeting new people is part of what social media on the blockchain should be about, IMHO.
I look at HIVE much like it is when fishing the ocean. As you slide your vessel into a calm glassy section of water, some action goes on up top. A few birds may be diving or you might catch sight of a fish splashing here or there.
Meter marks on the sonar, however, tell a completely different story. Fathoms under your ship is a large rock pile that's busy with an enormous amount of life. It makes the surface look like a barren wasteland in comparison.
HIVE is just like that! Your reblogs are the meter marks that show up on our sonar.
As An Author, Doesn't It Bury My Content?
This may be one of your concerns about reblogging. I don't blame you because I don't care to bury my content either. So here's how I approach reblogging.
After publishing a new post, give it some time on the top of your feed. Those following couple of hours would be a time to refrain from reblogs.
Once the initial post rewards slow down to a trickle or a stop, it's ok to reblog again. Curators will still find your articles. Chances are they'll appreciate the introduction to new authors on your feed, making them even more likey to return.
All things said, it's probably not the best idea to reblog too much if you're an aspiring author. Twenty of other people's posts in between each of your own will make it tough to find your publishings.
As a recap:
Remember how powerful a simple reblog from one of your favorite authors can be. Take action and share with untold others!
Use the Favorites Tool and make it easier to check the work from your favorite authors.
Join Communities that fit your interests and all posts submitted to them will show on your feed.
Thanks for reading and as always...
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