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!