I started this blog — well, a version of it called Silly Tater Tot — with a post called “Meet Me” in November 2007, and followed it up with near-daily updates in 2007 and 2008. But if you look into my archives, you might think I have a less extensive history.
That’s because I recently deleted (well, unpublished, for now) more than 200 posts from my site. That’s everything from 2007 through April 2009, most posts from 2009 and 2010, and a lot of posts published between then and now. And since I have 2,000+ total posts on my site, I have a lot more to clean up (that first round took two hours).
I have always considered my blog a bit of a sandbox. This is where I test plugins before I recommend them to you. It’s where I work on my own social media strategies so I have real, concise data to share for your own plans.
And for the last eight years, it’s been the home where I felt comfortable to document my changing life.
In 2007, I:
- was very focused on weight loss
- had not started running but desperately wanted to
- had no kids
- loved eating meat
- thought that I liked cooking and sharing recipes
- have maintained a fairly significant weight loss and no longer focus on that aspect of my health
- have completed multiple long-distance races and triathlons
- have a toddler with one more on the way
- am a plant-based meatless eater
- recognize that I not only hate cooking but despise recipe development
The posts I wrote in 2007 were authentic and real and I’m not — well, for the most part — embarrassed by them. They reflected me at the time and even if I’d go back and change some things about what and how I wrote, the girl that did them was pretty awesome and shared what was in her heart at that moment.
(GOOD GRACIOUS HOW DID I LET THAT PHOTO ON MY BLOG?)
But today, those posts are not only often outdated and incorrect (plugins that no longer exist; photos that have long-since disappeared and now show up as blank spaces; broken links) they no longer reflect my POV or what I think I bring to the blogging community.
In other parts of my life, I abolish clutter and chaos. (I’m even tackling a capsule wardrobe — stay tuned!) If something no longer serves me or my family, it’s gone (to the consternation of my packrat husband who often digs important receipts or paperwork out of the recycling bin after I’ve gotten a little too excited about cleaning).
So, I figured it was time to do the same here on the blog. From here forward, it’s my goal to only keep posts on the site that serve one of these purposes:
- they document events I don’t want to forget — travel, conferences, races, etc.
- they teach my readers something new
- they inspire my readers
- they show the path and journey that I’ve taken in my blogging career
Now, does that mean some really crappy posts won’t stay up? NOPE. I’m really only removing posts that I think clutter and toxify my blog space. Does that mean no more sponsored posts? Sorry, but no. They help me keep this blog afloat and frankly…I enjoy writing them.
It does mean that I’ll continue to strive to create quality posts that can fit my newly narrow scope of “should I publish?” and will work to make every published post as accurate, relevant and awesome as possible.
And I think you should, too. Every one of us has a post (or two or two dozen or 200) that felt right at the time but no longer serves its purpose. So why not de-clutter your online space? Join me and let me know how it goes.
P.S. Next on the to-do list? Creating a better and more funky 404 page in case anyone does try to access one of the now-unpublished links.