This week’s topic is about Updating Old Content.
Since I just did this myself, I thought it was an appropriate time for this discussion.
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?
I’ve done this twice since I started my blog in 2015. The first time was when I decided to switch from lifestyle content to only book content. The second time was when I started using the Pexels photo library from WordPress rather than graphics made on Canva, and I wanted all my posts to look consistent.
Do you sometimes curate/clear out old posts that you no longer want published, or rewrite/update them?
When I did my first blog redesign, I chose to delete old posts that fit the lifestyle theme I was focused on at the time. Anything related to travel, personal, or pop culture was removed because I wanted my posts to focus only on books and book reviews.
Do you think people should periodically clean up their old content and update/delete things that don’t align with their current positions/beliefs?
I think people should do what’s right for them. Doing a blog re-design is a big undertaking, especially if you have several years of posts to curate. I spent a lot of time in 2020 revising old posts simply because I had the time to do it.
Something else that I think people should consider is only doing this if you not only have the time, but if you have a clear vision of the changes you want to make. If you’re unsure of what you want to change, it can become tiresome or boring to go through old posts and modify them one by one. When I chose to do it, I knew what I wanted my blog to look like so I was very motivated and it turned out to be a fun experience.