Last year, I made the mistake of revisiting a lot of my old handwritten journals. I have a whole stack of them – thick notebooks mainly purchased from Paperchase that have been filled with my random scribblings over the years – and in my infinite wisdom I thought it might be a nice idea to open some of them up again and read about who I was at that moment in time. It turned out to be a huge mistake – I became very quickly aware that I was an extremely bitter person and what I found were pages and pages of rambling, nonsensical anger. I decided that, while I wasn’t going to throw the notebooks away, I wouldn’t read them again.
You’d think that I’d have learned from previous experience, but in an attempt to try and give the blog a bit of an overhaul, I have spent a large amount of time going through my old blog posts… all 850 of them. Suzie Speaks hits it’s four year anniversary next month (four years!!!) and I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and update some of the more popular ones for sharing on Pinterest.
What I discovered that, of the 850 posts that are currently sitting on the blog, there’s only 50 of them that 1. I actually like, and 2. are reasonably well-written. That means that, in nearly four years of regular posting, there’s only about 6% of it that I deem to be any good.
Six. Whole. Percent. I felt exactly the same way as I did when I reopened those journals… bitterly disappointed. Normally, I don’t suffer from blog envy or have any major concerns in the way I see lots of bloggers and writers do, but today I’m seriously considering changing the name to ‘Suzie Speaks Nonsense.’
I am aware why this has happened. My writing style has developed and improved, my mindset has changed and my life is now very different to how it was all those years ago. Consequently, this now leaves me in a bit of a dilemma. I want to delete a large amount of those posts as I don’t feel that they are of any use, and aren’t part of what I perceive Suzie Speaks to be. However, some of them bring in views via search engines regularly… I’d love to just open another blog and post all of the articles from here that I like, but I can barely keep up with one blog as it is…
Any ideas? Do you delete old posts, or do you revamp them for later use instead?