The question from Let’s Talk Bookish for March 11-17 comes from Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink and is…
Do you ever change/update the content of your blog?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
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?
Do you ever go back and update older content on your blog?
Well, as I mentioned on another discussion post, I almost never change my review rating on a book. However, sometimes when I do my #ThrowbackThursday posts, I like to take a look at the original post to see if it needs any fixing. Also, I’ve joined a whole bunch of new affiliate programs, so I like to make sure that the links are working properly (for example, Barnes & Nobel no longer have a working affiliate program that I know of, and I still haven’t finished deleting all the bad links to their site from my posts).
WordPress Users PLEASE NOTE: If you do revise an older post, you should know that WP won’t re-share it to your social media accounts automatically anymore, except if you have a premium account. You can, of course, re-blog that post, but I’m not sure what good that does! Obviously, you can share the updated posts manually to your social media accounts, if you wish.
Do you sometimes curate/clear out old posts that you no longer want published, or rewrite/update them?
I’ve never cleared out or deleted any old posts, but I have rewritten and updated a few.
Do you think people should periodically clean up their old content and update/delete things that don’t align with their current positions/beliefs?
That’s totally up to them! As I mentioned previously, nothing is written in stone, and it isn’t like writing book reviews is a test where there’s any right or wrong answer. Also, if we re-read a book (something I generally don’t do) we might find that we might not have properly appreciated a book we read when we were younger, or maybe today we might find faults in a book that we didn’t see on first reading. We change throughout life, so we see things differently, and therefore, our opinions change. If a blogger thinks that older content needs revising, or even deleting, then they should be able to do either or both.
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Do you think book reviewers can or should change/update the content on their blogs?
This post is my 5th entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!