I recycle old blog posts and it is not because I am concerned about global warming, saving the environment or want to support the Sierra Club. I do it because my readership isn’t stagnant- it is growing. I do it because even long time readers sometimes fail to read all of my posts. Â Side note to long time readers: don’t let me catch you slacking off on the reading here or the consequences will be swift and severe. One slip and you’ll be shipped off to
Siberia, er cleveland.
For a blogger like me who isn’t part of one community old posts are even more important. They help me introduce myself to the various blog communities I frequent.
I use old posts in a variety of other ways. Old posts help provide ideas and opportunities for new posts. Sometimes I’ll look back at something I wrote five years ago and ask if things have changed. Sometimes I use them to cover moments where Â I know that I am not going to have time to blog.
I like old posts. They are trusted companions, friends who have been through the wars and lived to tell the tales. Old posts tell tales worth listening to and remind me of how far I have come or in some case how much growth hasn’t taken place. Old posts are flavor and seasoning for a blog. Just don’t fall into the trap of using them too frequently or your blog will grow stale and moldy and that is never good- unless you are feeding zombies.
Stale and moldy is good for zombies but not much else.