Let’s Talk Bookish: Updating Old Content

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is Updating Old Content.


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?

Occasionally yes, but I never update the content of any post apart from grammatical fixes. When I first started blogging, I didn’t really have any graphics, so when I did get them a few months later, I went back and updated the posts with them. I also cleaned up and reformatted some old posts when I switched to block editor as some of the layouts didn’t look good anymore, but my first posts still have the old format so they probably look rather strange compared to newer content.

Now, however, there’s little to no chance of me ever updating my oldest content, even for new graphics or layouts – can you imagine how much work it would be to edit over 700 posts? If I do go self-hosted at some point, I wouldn’t change my posts beyond making sure that the links are functional and the content readable. Work effort aside, the other reason I don’t update old posts is that I see it as a representation of how I have evolved as a blogger, how my style has changed over the years in some ways and remained the same in others, and it’s always fun to look back on that.

Do you sometimes curate/clear out old posts that you no longer want published, or rewrite/update them?

I’ve only ever rewritten one post to date, my review of Kingdom of Ash, because I had just completed a full series reread and I had a few new thoughts I really wanted to share. However, I posted this updated version as a separate post, so my original review is also still available. I also do keep an eye on any of my older posts that tend to receive a lot of views to make sure the pages still look good and are up to date with my latest format and structure.

Do you think people should periodically clean up their old content and update/delete things that don’t align with their current positions/beliefs?

To each their own of course, but I believe in leaving old content as is because it will show your growth over the years both as a blogger and a person. I have a strong policy of writing honest reviews, and for me, outright changing the content of an old review, like the original one never existed, goes against that. If your opinions or beliefs have changed and you don’t support something anymore, it’s always an option to add a note to the original post stating that, or even better, explain it as part of your more recent posts. People change over time, and a blog can be a wonderful reflection of that if you let it be.


Do you update older content on your blog? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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17 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Updating Old Content

  1. Bargain Sleuth Book Reviews March 11, 2022 / 12:09 pm

    I have a hard enough time keeping up with new content, there’s no time to update the old stuff! Besides, as you mentioned, it’s interesting to see how I’ve grown in my writing of reviews and how I may or may not be doing things differently.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 13, 2022 / 6:21 pm

      That’s so true, between writing new blog posts and coming up with ideas for future ones, it leaves very little time if any at all to look back on older posts. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Nyxinked March 11, 2022 / 2:39 pm

    I love clearing out old posts, along with links, and also updating old posts! It’s amazing to be able to give it an new layout, update the grammar and even add to it!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 13, 2022 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! Changing old posts when I improve post layouts is something I like to do when I can too, atleast for the high traffic content.

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  3. Angie Soul March 11, 2022 / 2:40 pm

    I have heard the benefits of updating old content but have not had the chance to do so on my own site. Between working full time as an HR Manager, caring for my 4-month old daughter, supporting my husband and his music career, but blogging on the side, I’m surprised that I am even able to drop a new blog each week! LOL. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 13, 2022 / 6:25 pm

      It’s amazing that you’re keeping up with blogging! Agreed, perhaps the concept of updating old content might be more crucial for people who don’t blog as a hobby, I certainly don’t know how people would find time for it otherwise! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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  4. Jaya Avendel March 11, 2022 / 3:39 pm

    I periodically update older posts, especially if I have just learned of a new way to use the Block Editor or did not add images to the posts. I generally do not change my posts by way of their content, but I will edit for grammar and sometimes add clearer subheadings. 🙂

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 13, 2022 / 6:27 pm

      Even after nearly two years of using the block editor, I still find something new in it once in a while, so I definitely relate to that! Thanks for reading!

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  5. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts) March 11, 2022 / 3:41 pm

    I can definitely see that changing the content of an old review goes against writing honest reviews – personally, I feel the same way as well (even if I’m highly embarrassed to go back, but as you mentioned, it shows a lot of growth so I try not to delete all of them). I think for older posts reviews I might update to fix links or add on additional content at times, depending on the post, though for the most part I usually only delete (if I feel they’re not needed) or update old images so it’s up to date and more cohesive (even if it’s a lot of work, though I’ll usually prioritize those that are still getting views and slowly work my way through).

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 13, 2022 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Those early posts are rather embarrassing, I rarely look at mine either, but it’s a great milestone to look back on!

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  6. KimB March 12, 2022 / 5:28 pm

    What an interesting topic, Raji. I can understand how deleting or re-writing old reviews for a book blogger can feel dishonest.
    I’ve only recently added a blog to my website last January so I don’t have a big enough archive to worry about it. However, I may go back and update graphics if I change my theme.

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 13, 2022 / 6:33 pm

      Graphics are certainly one aspect of my blog that I like to keep up to date as much as I can since it factors into the overall look of the site to some extent! Thanks for reading!

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  7. Rukky @ Eternity Books March 17, 2022 / 7:17 pm

    700! And I thought having to go through 300+ posts would be a lot… I agree with what you said, specifically about how outright changing of reviews when they’re supposed to be honest reflections of your thoughts is in a way kind of “dishonest”. Writing an updated review and publishing that does sound like a better way to show that your thoughts on a book have changed. Great post Raji!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) March 20, 2022 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you! Haha yes, just thinking of updating all of them makes me dizzy! Glad you agree, old content is best left as is, it can also be so much fun to look back and see how much the blog and blogger have grown over the years!

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