Blogging has been around for a while now and some of us have got quite a few years of experience to brag about. That experience also translates in tons of old blog posts, sometimes even distributed amongst various (dormant) blogs.
I’m in the process of revamping a dormant blog to see if I can bring it back to life. Since I changed the theme, I have to go through all blog posts to make sure they in the intended style and format. In doing so, I’ve reread many of my older posts and I’ve noticed three interesting changes:
1. My writing has improved
In my old posts, I see mistakes I seldom make anymore. I’ve definitely tightened my writing (I seemed to be quite fond of the word ‘very’…disturbingly so), have become more aware of weaknesses of mine like comma splices and the correct use of the em-dash for instance.
2. My opinions have changed
It’s funny to read older posts and realize that I’ve changed my mind on some topics. Sometimes it’s a matter of becoming more nuanced—a natural result of growing older I think. But sometimes it’s also about simply learning, about gaining more experience and thus coming to a different conclusion. And I have to admit: I’m also not immune to the cultural changes. On certain controversial topics, the cultural wind had changed and this has influenced me for sure.
3. My tone has become milder
It was interesting to notice that I write in a different tone now. When I started blogging, I was a fan of the ‘this is how to do it’ style. That could get a little in your face at times and it bordered on being too preachy. I’ve become milder, more conversational—a change for the better in my humble opinion.
I’ve also stepped back from writing merely ‘list posts’, like ‘4 Reasons why you should do this’ or ‘The 6 benefits of doing that’. I still do them every now and then, but mixed in with other types of posts. The fact that I got most comments and social media activities on posts I’d consider ‘encouraging’ in tone says how much others appreciate this as well.
Is rewriting worth it?
But rereading my older posts has made me wonder of I should rewrite them. Is rewriting old blog posts worth it? It’s a considerable time and effort obviously, depending on how many posts we’re talking about.
Here are three questions to consider:
- Is your blog your ‘showcase’? If you’re an aspiring author for instance and your blog is your main platform, it’s a different ball game than if you’re merely blogging for fun.
- Are your older posts getting any traffic? If no one reads then, why bother?
- Are the changes you’d need to make small or considerable? There’s a big gap between a quick grammar-edit and rewriting entire posts.
In my case, I’ve decided to rewrite most of them since I have to manually add featured images anyway. I’m going through the posts that get traffic first and then I’ll head over to the rest. For most of them, it’s a matter of editing on grammar, but I’ve done some major rewriting on a few as well. It’s time consuming, absolutely, but for me, it’s worth it. But then again, I’m one of those type A perfectionists 🙂
Have you ever rewritten old blog posts? What were your considerations?