There are people who go through the blog posts in your blog archives with the intention of finding out whether or not your blog is one that is worthy of being followed.
I am one who likes to believe that the blog posts within our blog archives have the potential of making a positive impression on the minds of those people that explore them.
As a matter of fact, the blog posts within our blog archives says a whole lot about us; for example, they can indicate to the reader:
- That we are have achieved a level of mastery in a particular field.
- Whether or not we are the type of person who takes pride in our writing.
- If we are optimistic or pessimistic by nature.
- The things that we like and dislike.
- If we are humble or pompous.
So, my friend, from this day on, promise me that you will never take the blog posts within your blog archives for granted (It would be wise to revisit them once in a while).
If you happen to be one of those people who do not check out the blog posts within their archives, I am going to provide you with some valid reasons why you should.
1.) To Fix Any Typographical Or Grammatical Errors That You Come Across
If you are one of those bloggers who are always in a rush to publish blog posts daily, you run the risk of making typographical errors or grammatical errors (The same thing could be said for those who create content for their blogs in an environment that is filled with distractions).
Realistically speaking, we human beings are not infallible; we make mistakes once in a while (It is nothing to be ashamed of).
Some bloggers do not proofread their blog posts after putting them together; their mind is more focused on pressing the Publish tab in their WordPress Editor (As a result of this, they have allowed typographical and grammatical errors to make their way into their blog posts).
And, then there are bloggers who miss those typographical and grammatical errors after reading their blog posts (This happens because their mind is exhausted; attempting to proofread a blog post soon after it is written does not work in their favour).
So, in this case, it would be a wise move on our behalf, to make the time to go through the blog posts within our blog archives with a proverbial fine-tooth comb.
2.) To Fix Any Broken Links That You May Have
Many of us have encountered a “404” error after clicking on a broken link on a website that we visited; that sort of thing can transpire if:
- The page that the website’s administrator linked to is no longer in existence.
- The website that was linked to had its URL changed and the owner of the website did not take the time to do a proper “301” redirect.
- The person who created the link made a typographical error.
Broken links can result in a bad user experience (And, that is the reason why you should revisit those old blog posts that you added links to).
I recommend utilizing Ahref’s Broken Link Checker to locate broken links within your blog posts.
3.) To Know Exactly What You Published In The Past
There are those moments when our minds race with the intention of finding a topic to blog about and unknowing to us, we dealt with the exact topic in the past.
In some instances, it is okay to tackle a topic that we did in the past; such as Google’s algorithm (Due to the fact, that Google’s algorithm is always changing).
Also, let us always remember that there are those types of topics that we can only publish once; such as a recipe for bread (Or any topic that we have no desire of repeating).
Knowing exactly what you published in the past prevents you from publishing blog posts that are based on topics that you have already dealt with (And, going through your blog archives is one of the best ways of doing that).
4.) To Find Comments That You Have Missed
If you possess a genuine love for responding to comments, you would want to revisit your blog archives.
Because we do not always get notified of comments (This may be due to some type of glitch).
Now, I do not have to tell you that there are people who hate it a lot when other people do not respond to the comments that they made.
Another good reason to check out the comments on old blog posts is to make sure that spam did not make its way to our comments thread (Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of spam that makes its way to the comments section of our blogs).
Google (and the rest of the other search engines on the world wide web) hate spam; which is why we should delete them whenever we discover them in our comments thread.
Thankfully, Akismet does a fantastic job of imprisoning the majority of spam comments.
Knowing fully well that spam-bots are attracted to older blog posts, I have set my comments to be closed twenty-one days after a blog post has been published.
5.) To Gain Some Inspiration
There are those moments when I rummage through my own blog archives with the intention of gaining some inspiration. There were times when I said in amazement, “Wow! Did I write that?”
It often reminds me that I have a standard to maintain.
Hey, if you are serious about blogging, you will also want to maintain a high standard.
Have you ever gained a bit of inspiration by reading some of those old blog posts of yours?
Dear friend, I hope I have inspired you to explore your blog archives.
As you have learned, exploring your blog archives will enable you to:
- Fix any typographical or grammatical errors that you found within your blog posts.
- Fix any broken links that you may have within your blog posts.
- Know exactly what it is that you published on your blog in the past.
- Come across any comments that you missed the first time around.
- Gain some inspiration.
Please feel free to share your unique perspective on what you have read via the comments section of my blog and thank you for finding the time to read this blog post of mine.
Love and light to you, dear friend!