In this next installment of the “Blogging Insights” series, Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) examines Blogging Insights Series #10 – Looking Back At Your Blog Posts.
A bit of background is provided:
I read/heard somewhere that reading your own work is a form of narcissism. I would much rather call it self-evaluation or self-assessment.
When I was in kindergarten we were given spelling tests. When we were done, our teacher would make us swap our work with others. We would then correct each other’s work and award a score. Later, in higher classes (especially math), some teachers would let us mark our own work when they gave us the answers. As I began this post, I was reminded of this and I think that re-evaluating your work is a bit like that.
Dr. Tanya poses the following questions:
How old is your current blog/website?
Do you ever look back at your site i.e. read through your old posts?
How long ago did you update your about page?
If you were to start a new blog today, what would you do differently?
In life, we at times need to look back in order to effectively move forward, grow and mature as individuals. Blogging and its creative pursuits are in essence no different. It is always good practice to look back and see what and where our blog/writing has taken us in order to chart a course for the next phase in our blogging life.
How Old Is Your Current Blog/Website?
I started “justabitfurther” back in the summer of 2016, as a way of documenting the outdoor adventures that Lynn and I have taken and continue to partake in on a regular basis.
Do You Ever Look Back At Your Site i.e. – Read Through Your Old Posts?
Often I do when I’m looking to update or re-blog an earlier post. When on the search for new ideas or themes to write about, I will re-look at previous posts. Often I’ll revise them and update that post or make a copy of that earlier post and revise it considerably like back-links and such and then re-post it as a new post.
I had read that doing such or including links to old posts in new posts was a good way to create and generate traffic to your site.
Looking back at previous posts is a wonderful way to see how your blog/site; your writing; your themes or ideas have grown and matured over time. Just like you have.
How Long Did You Update Your About Page?
If I can’t remember when, then it is likely time to go back and take a look at it again. My blog has certainly changed and grown since its inception and most certainly since the last time I updated the “about page.”
Our blogs can change, grow, mature throughout time, even without us really noticing. It’s like we’re caught up in it, but aren’t aware of the change that is happening. That’s not such a bad thing, but perhaps an update to our “about pages” may be necessary to accurately reflect those changes.
If You Were To Start A New Blog Today, What Would you Do Differently?
Honestly, I’m not sure I would change anything or do anything differently.
Looking back, this was and continues to be a segment of an exciting and necessary “life journey” in many respects. It has stretched my own personal comfort zone immensely, resulting in me becoming much more fulfilled as a person than I was back in 2016.
It has pushed me to examine who I am; to visit places I thought in the back of my mind that emotionally I would never seek out again.
From a technical perspective, any changes to our blog that I would like to have made?
I don’t think so. It was what it was and is, and I feel very satisfied with its creation at this stage of the journey.
Honestly, I’m more focused on my growth as a person and expanding the boundaries of my own creative adventure, as compared to wasting time and energy on “what might have been or what I should have done in the beginning.”
Nevertheless, looking back at older posts; revising older posts or re-inventing/re-publishing older material certainly has merit. If by doing so, it presents or gives new and fresh(er) elements to our readers and followers, then that can’t be a bad thing.
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