Digging through your blog archives is a trip down memory lane. You can look at posts and see more than just information. They’re milestones of your journey, markers that show where you were at that time in your life. Take a look back to see how you’ve grown.
Archives serve another purpose as well: brain fodder. Your archives are your personal vault of ideas.
Go ahead, put on your exploring shoes and jump in. Did you find a good one? I bet you did. It’s a real beauty – or at least you thought it was at the time. Now it probably looks like a train wreck and you’re thinking, “Oh my god… I hope no one reads this.”
Don’t worry. Your post is still good. Just look at it closely. Blow off the dust. Open it up. What do you see?
If I Knew Then What I Know Now
If you’re like James and me, you’re always expanding your knowledge. You probably know far more now than you did a year ago.
I bet that there is a post in your archives that shows just when you touched the tip of the iceberg of your current knowledge. At the time you wrote that old post, you understood some concepts well enough.
If you look at the same post now, you have a full year’s worth of knowledge or more to add to it. That’s a lot of new information to share with your readers.
Pick Apart Your Posts
You don’t need to rewrite your post. That’s even counter-productive, because you’re not using the opportunities you have to expand and share.
Sometimes you’ll find several new posts waiting to be written out of that single old one. Are there bullet points? Expand on them and make a series. Single out particularly important paragraphs and write a few posts based on the content.
Who doesn’t love a series of posts that share good information and knowledge?
Play devil’s advocate on yourself. Pick a post from your archives – any one will do. You’ve certainly taken a standpoint position about your message. Your views are right there.
Choose the opposite side of the argument for the hell of it. Debate your own post in a new one. See where that leads you. It could be an interesting little journey.
You might even discover something new simply by seeing both sides of the coin.
Talk To Yourself
If your posts have been sitting in the archives for a while, you may not even recognize them because it’s been so long. It might seem like you’re reading the post for the first time.
That’s always a pleasant surprise, especially when you find yourself saying, “I wrote this? Damn, I’m good!”
Since you’re reading your content for the “first time”, why not make a comment on it? Look at the comments readers left. Can you add more value? What more would you say? I’m sure it all hasn’t been said.
Comments to Posts
Speaking of comments, there are often hidden posts right in your comment section. Your readers and blog community are a prime source of material.
You may have been caught up in the conversation at the time and missed something important. Could you address it now in a new post? Were any questions asked that you never answered? Go ahead; answer them now.
After a nice vacation from blogging, I’m feeling a little rusty with my pen. I was too busy drawing to even think of writing posts. I won’t be rusty for long, though – I have some digging to do, thanks to a good friend of mine who reminded me that archives are excellent sources of inspiration.
Before I do, though, how about a little contest? We’ll give $25 to the person who figures out which post from our archives inspired this post!