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LTB: Updating older content

This week’s topic comes from NICOLE @ THOUGHTS STAINED WITH INK, who asks—

Do you ever go back and update older content on your blog? For instance, after getting new graphics or going self-hosted? Why or why not? Do you sometimes curate/clear out old posts that you no longer want published, or rewrite/update them? Do you think people should periodically clean up their old content and update/delete things that don’t align with their current positions/beliefs?

Wow, there are so many questions in there!

First, no, I don’t go back and change or update things I have written. If I changed my mind enough about something to want to get a correction out there, I would probably do an “edited to add” section, expounding on what I felt differently about…but I would do it with the original post intact.

Ad far as adding things like graphics, yeah, I do that from time to time. I have thought about hiring someone to actually design the site for me from the ground up, but I have never wanted to spend the money for something that does not generate income. Right now, this is just my hobby, and I have spent too much on too many hobbies in my life!

I have thought about going back and adding my review summary blocks to the first fifteen or so reviews that I did…but whenever I start to think seriously about doing it, it starts to feel like a lot of work. Maybe someday, yeah?

I have thought about going self-hosted, just because it seems more flexible in terms of plug-ins and font options. But it also seems complicated, so I probably won’t do anything till my year anniversary this summer, if I do anything at all.

I don’t have any interest in cleaning out old posts, although I know some bloggers who have done that. Me, I have every blog post I ever wrote, all the way back to 2002. It’s my history, for good or bad, and I can’t imagine tossing it out. It’s not like it takes up room!

Plus, if I didn’t keep all my old content, I couldn’t drop random Easter eggs into my current posts, like this gem, the second blog post I ever wrote, on Livejournal back in January, 2002:

So, I was sitting in a meeting today and part of the presentation was a mocked-up website about Aruba. Apparently, while much of the exterior of the island is quite commercial and resort-like, the interior of the island is filled with nothing more substantial than goats.

I wonder how the goats feel about that? I also wonder if it's true, or if it's just some marketing guy being cute, but I don't seem to care enough to go look it up.

However, in solidarity with the capra aegagrus of Aruba, I present something less substantial than goats.

I was sitting in the ladies room this afternoon at work, you know, in a stall,and someone walked in. I heard the distinct sound of buttons being pressed on a cell phone. I was immediately intrigued. I wonder if they know I'm here?, I thought. I wonder if they are going to call someone to check about another job, or call to have a fight with their husband or boyfriend? It was all very titillating. However, in the end, there was no call. Nothing. Nada. I guess that she might have been checking her voicemail or I might have been hearing things.

Now, I know that this would have been a better story if something had actually happened, but then it would have been more substantial than the goats. Do you see? 🙂 Plus, it would have been fiction, when I have billed it as fact.

This, however, is fiction, a ficlet I call it, inspired by my favorite TV love-bunnies, Brian and Justin from Queer as Folk:

I watch him sleep. He's restless, still having nightmares. I watch him sleep because I can't, can't sleep, not with him next to me reliving the night that I also relive. The difference is that I relive it awake.He turns for the nth time and I catch a glimpse of the scar. It's remarkably small, remarkably slight. Those who didn't see the blood will probably never notice it. But I saw the blood. On his head, on my hands, on my scarf. For me, the scar will always be red, bright red against the alabaster of his skin. I reach out and touch it, gently so as not to wake him. I stroke his head, try to wipe away the blood, wipe away the memory, wipe away the pain. But I can't. These things are permanent.He begins to stir and I slam my eyes shut, afraid of being caught. He can't know that I am afraid, can't know that I care, can't know that I lie awake at night thinking about the night that I almost lost him.

I will leave you to ponder what a 35-year old woman is doing writing fan fiction. 🙂

Gotta say that this 55-year-old woman still misses Brian and Justin. 💕

So, what say you? How do you feel about editing, changing, adding to your blog? I’ll take your rambling thoughts in the comments.

The Let’s Talk Bookish meme is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion.

5 thoughts on “LTB: Updating older content

  1. “I don’t have any interest in cleaning out old posts, although I know some bloggers who have done that”

    – really? Like that would even be a thing? That would be like cleaning out some of your children. That one is astounding to me. Are there old posts of mine that make me cringe, that make me wonder what the hell I was thinking, where my head was at? Sure. But they are a me and serve as reminders of how far I’ve come, or sometimes, as you illustrate here, where I may have already had my shit down before I even knew I had my shit down, or at least when I was starting to get shitty.

    I might edit some grammatical stuff when I do revisit, change a word or two as I’m a better writer than I was “then” but I never alter what my intent was, and certainly not clean anything out. That just wouldn’t be honest.

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  2. I just update graphics and style, I never change content. It amazes me how many people talk loudly on their cell phones when they are in a bathroom stall!

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  3. I don’t update or change old posts either. I keep them for me. Sometimes I like to go back and see what I thought of a book. I will write a new post if I re-read something. I don’t think anyone looks at older posts anyway.

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  4. Since changing over from Blogger to WordPress I begin slowly reposting my older book reviews. The only thing I change is taking out the rating system because I don’t do rating anymore and I don’t want to confuse anyone.
    There are older post that I would like to rewrite. No one ever read or comment on them always so, it not like anyone can tell.

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