One of the great things about writing a blog is there is a chronological archive. When I find a blog I’m particularly interested in, I’ll spend some time digging through the archives. Often I’ll find some really interesting posts that I wouldn’t otherwise have come across. But do you read through your own archives?
Recently a few posts about The Long Tail of blogging have popped up in my Google Reader (here’s one from Problogger). I’d been noticing that many of my older posts receive visitors each day, but hadn’t thought any more of it. After I read the Problogger post I decided to have a proper look and see what my visitors were reading in my own archives. It was an interesting exercise as a blogger – I was able to get more of an idea about what my visitors are interested in, which helped to generate some ideas for future posts.
What I unexpectedly found though, was that reading through my old posts (although my blog is still quite young) gave me a sense of my own journey. I was able to reflect on how my ideas have developed and how others have influenced me.
I have also found my archives useful in maintaining a sense of accountability. The things I have written about in my posts I have generally done, much more so than I would have previously. There’s something about making a public statement that tends to keep the ball rolling.
Why not spend a little time going through your archives and seeing what gems you find? You could even leave a link to your favourite post here in the comments.
Here’s one of my favourite posts from my own archives: Giving love to your family