I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now…..should you delete old blog posts?
I’ve heard arguments on both sides, both make sense. I’ve read a bunch of articles I found on my trusty friend google, and can see from an SEO point of view why you might not want to get rid of old content.
Should you delete or no index old posts on your blog or website? http://www.krishna.me/2013/deleting-old-articles/
3 Reasons Not To Delete Old Blog Posts http://3wmedia.co/3-reasons-not-to-delete-your-old-posts/
Should You Delete Old Blog Posts http://www.roundpeg.biz/2014/05/should-you-delete-old-blog-posts/
However, I’m looking at this from a personal point of view and not from a company blog standpoint.
In 2014 when my husband I were having issues in our marriage there was nothing to “scrub” off my blog, because for the most part I’ve kept him and the daily lives of my kids off this blog. This was very intentional from the beginning and our issues reminded me how thankful I was for keeping our relationship away from here.
When I started this blog in March of 2009 many of my friends had mom blogs. These weren’t the type of blogs they intended to make any money off of, they were blogs where they were literally documenting their kids lives for friends and family. Back then I was niave to the blog world, but not to the real world. I’m not going to explain this in any detail – but I have known and know of people who make the word creep seem nice – for this reason alone I decided it wasn’t a good idea to detail everything that was happening with my kids. Most of my friends kept their blog on private but I wasn’t even comfortable with that.
I have however put MY own life out there for 5+ years now. I’ve written on good days and bad days. I’ve written during periods where I was over the moon happy and I’ve written during periods of depression. I’ve written posts that are completely embarrassing to read years later, and I’ve written posts I regretted the day after hitting publish. I’ve written some posts I’m proud of, don’t get me wrong, but there are posts that wow – they just aren’t me anymore…..
Come this March I will have been blogging for 6 years. 6 years is a ton of time when you are only 32.
I’d venture to say if you really asked yourself if you are the same person now as you were 6 years ago, you would say there have been some changes. Maybe those changes we as result of growing old, or growing wiser, or just complete view changes. Whatever it may be you are not the same. I like to think of myself as a continuous work in progress – mentally, emotionally and physically.
One of the arguments for keeping your blog intact is for a historical record. I’m thankful I grew up the days of historical records of your life being a photo album your mom put together. I’m glad when I was in college there was no twitter, or instagram – heck I didn’t even have facebook in college. I’m thankful for that because I’m not sure that everything I did or said, I would want the world knowing. So the historical record argument, doesn’t really do it for me – why should I have to keep things I no longer want in my life just because I hit publish?
There is a quote about being yourself unapologetically and I believe that, but I don’t think it means that you shouldn’t ever say sorry or that you shouldn’t admit that sometimes you were wrong, or said or did something totally sucky.
So what’s the point I’m trying to get to, through all this rambling…..I’m deleting old posts that I don’t want around anymore – either because I said things that were wrong, or that made me seem like a jerk, or because I no longer eat/drink/read said product – or simply because I don’t want them on Mile Posts anymore. It’s my blog so I make the rules right? So if you are poking around and notice some posts are gone, you are right. Internet sleuths will still be able to find all the old ones, and if someone wants to do that, it’s their choice, but I want a blog that I am proud of.
I want content here that stands for who I am now.
Do you have a blog and have debated deleting content? Have you ever posted something you wish you hadn’t?