Sometimes, after you get years of blogging experience under your skillful belt, you look back at your old blog posts.
What do you see? How do you feel? Do you sometimes cringe and want to hide under a blanket and never come out of it?
Same, bookwyrms, same. 😫
Moving to WordPress destroyed some of the formatting we had on Blogger. Despite moving in February and having all summer (let’s be honest though, that wrist) to do all of that, I’m still not done. I’m halfway through, and Clo has kindly allowed me to steal her soul and we’ve got a ways to go still. 😥
But here’s the thing… I deleted nearly 50 blog posts from my past.
Whatttttt. That’s approximately 2-3 months worth of posts at the speed I was going back then. That brought me down to under 1000 posts again, am I trying to lose myself here? What’s going on?! Did I think this through or am I just impulsive and moody and didn’t want to blog anymore???
Why would you want to delete some of your old blog posts??? 😱
Deleting an old blog post is not as easy as finding that post and hitting the delete/trash button. After all, some sites allow you to keep the post in the trash for a certain time period before deleting it permanently while others delete it immediately. And if you’re on blogger, the posts you delete are gone from the currently visible eye. You don’t want to accidentally toss out a post!
You want your blog to reflect your best self.
This means getting rid of anything that doesn’t put your best foot forward, and that includes blog posts. You feel that your blog is your personal brand you want to display professionally out into the world (not just in your niche), so you want all of your posts to reflect who you are. It’s basically your portfolio.
In fact, if you started blogging in high school like me or in college, you can use it as part of your portfolio. I definitely showcase some of what I feel are my best posts for use when it comes to job searching.
The post is embarrassing, and you don’t want others seeing that.
I’ve had my fair share of embarrassing blogging moments, you’ve had your fair share of moments – we’ve all had it. Some of us are okay with displaying that, but some of us?
Well… we want to hide the most embarrassing posts because omg what if they judge you based on that one post you wrote six years ago? (I’m judging myself after all.)
Please note when you delete your blog posts, you don’t actually delete it because there are probably ways to bring it back, but that takes extra technical work most people don’t have time for. So at the surface level
You basically didn’t write anything.
Once upon a time in the book blogging world, promotional posts were extremely popular. Over the past few years, we’ve shifted from posts promoting books we think our readers would be interested in something more. Discussion posts are a huge deal, providing thought-provoking conversations with other bloggers. Reviews are rarely read, with views being the lowest compared to everything else. Fun posts breaking the rules of Top Ten Tuesday are far more entertaining to read because they are outside the box and provide a way to discuss.
We skip over the blogs that just do promotional posts because there’s nothing to say. What do you say to a book that has a small excerpt and a not very convincing synopsis? What can you say that’s thoughtful and creates conversation?
There’s not much, is there? We’ve become a community that is more than just promoting; we’re focused on interacting and engaging with others, and not just on our blogs.
You feel those posts don’t truly show your growth.
This kind of goes hand in hand with the above statement: if you’re copying and pasting promotional content without providing any further content… how do you show you are growing as a blogger and writer? Maybe you’re providing a sentence or two, but does it really show how you’ve grown? Does it really show your skills at the time? 🤷 This is especially the case if you’re planning on using your posts as part of your portfolio or LinkedIn because employers do take a look.
Why would you keep old blog posts???
Like I said earlier, deleting old posts is not an easy task. You’re deciding work to be erased from the visible eye – how does one do that? Why even do it? You’re throwing away hard work!
You get a good laugh out of them (despite how embarrassing they are).
Every time I look back at my old posts, I sometimes want to laugh at myself because oh dear. Clo likes to say they’re gold. 🤧 And every time someone goes to them, I sometimes want to tear the review apart and rewrite them in my current glory.
But they show my growth and improvement as a blogger, a writer, a person.
I kept a lot of my old posts because I throw away all of my school assignments from before college, so my blog posts are basically the only representation I have of my past writing self. I’ve grown from the awkward post I once wrote about my moments, which I’ve definitely deleted (also it just used the letter a as the permalink). And with six years of blog posts under my belt, maybe I do want to look back and reflect one day, even if they don’t necessarily show my best self.
Maybe other readers want to see how I was when I first started, which gives me a bit of a personality in my opinion. Oh, hey, she was awkward, too! Awkward is okay! Learning is constant.
Provide your experience to others so they won’t make the same mistakes you did.
Back in 2012, there weren’t many book bloggers out there (at least not that I know of). I didn’t have many resources and the only resources I had catered to bloggers in general or bloggers hoping to earn an income. (I mean, it would be nice, but ha, I didn’t even know if I would last a year.)
This is why it is so important to research before you ask – if you have access to the internet and can access Google, please research before asking other bloggers. There’s a line between needing help and wanting people to hold your hand – a lot of us are okay with guiding all of you, but we do have our own blog and lives.
As someone who has blogged for a long time, you got the opportunity to see the blogging world change hands on. You’ve seen the mistakes that others have done over the years, you’ve made your own mistakes. Newer bloggers might look to you or ask for advice and you can chime in!
And if you have a horrible memory like me, every little bit helps when it comes to answering questions.