Should You Delete Old Posts?
It’s not quite 5 PM and I feel like I have gone ten rounds with an angry gorilla. Been a very long day and my heart is heavier than I expected but so it goes and such is life.
When I wrote about the end of the beginning I expected to be able to see more progress than I see now but sometimes people plan and G-d laughs.
Had more time on my hands than I like and not enough energy to do all that needs to be done so I did what I could to distract myself and spent time trying to clean up the blog.
Because there comes a time when you realize your blog is riddled with broken links and though it is not really your fault they exist you need to take care of it anyway.
Broken Links & Broken Blogs
A thousand years ago when I was just a rookie blogger it never occurred to me that one day I would have to worry about broken links.
WhenÂ I would link to posts, articles and or videos I did so with the idea that those links would be good forever. Â I didn’t think about what would happen if the the blogger who wrote that really cool post quit and took down their blog.
Didn’t think about whether a video would disappear because someone took it down for any reason.
Today it feels silly to think such a thing and I look back and wonder why I was so naive. I know the answer to the question but that doesn’t really matter now does it.
Doesn’t matter because you can’t go back in time and change what has been done.
All you can do is live in the present and make the best choices you can based upon the information you have today.
So every now and then I flip through the old posts and pages here and try to clean up the broken links. Every time I do it I find myself reading some of the old posts I wrote and responding with a smile or a head shake.
Some of the old posts likeÂ My Father Is A Blogger are pretty good and some of the others are…awful. And no, I am not going to link to any of those right now.
Should You Delete Old Posts?
I go back and forth about this.
Sometimes I am adamantly against it because it defeats the purpose of the blog. This joint is supposed to help provide insight into my thoughts at particular points in time.
It is supposed to chronicle the lives of my children and to serve as a tool for becoming a better writer/storyteller.
Old posts serve as a benchmark I can use to see how I have improved and show snapshots of those moments in time.
But some of them are so damn awful they are embarrassing and I wonder what the hell was wrong with me.
My general rule of thumb is I only delete the ones that are riddled with too many broken links to fix.
A Disruption In The Rhythm Of Life
Today was another disruption in The Rhythm of Life of the sort I wrote about here. I suppose it is a good time to share this video again:
I love that video because it makes perfect sense to me.
Reminds me of a time when I asked my dad for some advice and he laughed because after he finished speaking I asked him if it was his ‘A’ game.
Jack: Damn, I thought you were going to say that.
Dad: Sorry to disappoint you.
Jack: You used to be smarter. What happened to the father who knew everything.
Dad: His dumb son went to school and learned a few things. Now you know the secret life of being an adult.
Jack: You really shouldn’t laugh when you say that.
Dad: Payback is a sweet thing.
Jack: Dad, if we weren’t related I’d be awfully unhappy with you.
Dad: One day you can share this with your kids.
Jack: Thanks, that is ever so helpful.
Dad: I have faith in you. Go figure it out.
I didn’t really expect dad to be able to tell me more than he did. Didn’t expect him to be able to answer questions only I could answer but I would be lying if I said I hoped I was wrong.
Sometimes you reach a place where there are no maps or manuals to follow and you must trust your gut. Sometimes it is all you have.
Bones: Jim, youâ€™re not actually going after this guy, are you?
James T. Kirk: I have no idea what Iâ€™m supposed to do! I only know what I *can* do!
Star Trek Into Darkness