Thinking of my Archives at the End of the Old Year

“Blog archives are the heart and history of your blog.”

Quoted from About Blogging Guide (Twitter link), Susan Gunelius. This is how I feel about my blog archives and the very reason I keep them rather than weeding through or deleting them as some popular bloggers recommend.

This blog is almost 6 years old (anniversary January 2, 2006). This blog has over 1750 posts. The archives for this blog are extensive. Very few people would want to look back and try to find anything in particular in the archives. It would take awhile. Instead people search using words, not dates.

But, here we have all these nice archives. Built up over years, something to look back on with pride. It’s a shame to waste them.

I’ve been feeling I need to make changes with this blog. A new outlook, something to make it more personal for me again and something that focuses on what I really do know about and experience versus what I think I should be and do. I don’t give myself credit for anything I can do well, instead I pick on myself for anything I’m not great at. So too much of my focus goes into trying to become someone else. Meanwhile, the great things I already have get pushed to the back.

Looking into my own archives, everything I’ve been doing these past 6 years in this blog, is a way to reconnect with myself and figure out how to get where I want to be and how I can change and create something fresh.

Resources to Read:

Confident Writing: What’s Hiding in your Archives and How to Find the Treasure in your Archives

ProBlogger: Updating Old Posts on your Blog

Franklin Bishop: 6 WordPress Archive Plugins

4 thoughts on “Thinking of my Archives at the End of the Old Year

  1. Thanks for tweeting me about your post, Laura. I love the point you make about redefining your focus, not just on your blog but in your career and in general. I’d like to invite you to publish a post on that topic on my blog for women in business (www.womenonbusiness.com). It would be a perfect topic for the audience! Shoot me an email if you’d like to discuss (susan@keysplashcreative.com).

  2. A thing I like to do with my blog achieve is using the wordpress “Clean archieve” plugin, it will show all your blog titles in a list. Pretty neat to have! As for your blog redesign, you could always use a thesis theme and have less visual clutter (just a suggestion ought). Keep up the good work 😀

  3. I don’t want to delete my archived posts and seeing a list of 1750 is not how I want to spend the next few days. That would be way too much to deal with. For a small blog I can see it would be useful. I already have the Thesis theme. It doesn’t do anything about clutter, that is all up to the blow owner, whatever theme you use. Thanks for the note. 🙂

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