I’m back this Friday* participating in another Let’s Talk Bookish post, as always hosted by the amazing Rukky @ Eternity Books and awesome Dani @ The Literary Lion! For this week, our topic is: Updating Old Content, recommended by yours truly!
(*Pretend this post went live on Friday and not Saturday.)
Updating Old Content
Once again, anytime I pitch an idea for Let’s Talk Bookish, it’s always because I’m wanting to big other blogger’s brains. In terms of updating old content, I’m very curious about the what, the how and the why. Questions like: 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? Do you sometimes curate/clear out old posts that you no longer want published, or rewrite/update them? Do you think people should periodically clean up their old content and update/delete things that don’t align with their current positions/beliefs?
So, let’s dive a bit into updating old content by looking at: my own reasons for what and why, the maintenance updating old content requires and if I think it’s worth it.
The What and Why
It’s probably not that hard to figure out what updating old content means. This could be as simple as reediting older posts after you’ve leveled up your writing skills; to as complex a mission of needing (or wanting) to revamp older posts’ SEO, imaging, writing style and more. For me, it’s the latter.
Why do I want to do it? Well, it all started after I went self-hosted. Through doing so, I not only gained the freedom to customize my blog more, through the implementation of widgets and plugins. But I also made it more accessible and customizable, especially with creating a brand.
That, of course, only applied to new posts. All of my older posts–seven years of them–remained.
Now, I feel the need to update that older content. Why? For a few reasons:
- Making my entire site look cohesive
- Curating older content, rather than completely dismissing it (i.e., checking each post will allow me to chose if it’s worth keeping, deleting or updating)
- Making everything more accessible
- This looks like updating my media with alternate text, for example
- Also, I can double check all of my reviews are cross-posted on Goodreads, StoryGraph and Am*zon
The how, however, is where the elbow grease is required. I actually talked a little bit about the maintenance updating old content requires in a previous post, where I announced my intention to start updating old posts. But, laying it all out made me realize this is not a small project. It’s going to take a lot of work. And, considering I wrote out my updating plan last August and have only updated one post (last week)…
Well, you can see, it’s been hard to start. Especially when you consider balancing continuing to create new content and life commitments.
Yet, I’m going to actively work on it this year. I’m not giving up this project.
Is Updating Old Content Worth It?
Despite the work it’s going to take, I believe updating old content is worth it. It gives me for flexibility as a creator, to choose what I keep and what I delete. It’s a great trip down memory lane. Plus, completing this project allows me to meet the goals of my site that I established by going self-hosted in the first plus. And, I’ll have the chance to reshare and rehighlight some older posts I’m proud of.
What about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts on updating old content, especially if you’ve also ever gone self-hosted before. Is this a project you’ve undertaken (or want to)? Any tips and tricks you’d recommend? Important areas for accessibility I need to make sure not to miss? Let me know in the comments and thank you so much for reading!