tl;dr: I launched a page where I’ve archived old blog posts that I imported from my old WordPress blog.
Reading a number of gaming bloggers I’ve noticed one thing. The blog that many people are currently blogging on right now is not necessarily the one they first started blogging on. Many have changed platforms, designs, branding and domain names… which makes me feel better about my own sporadic blogging habits.
I don’t know how many blogs I’ve launched over the past 10 years. I know there was one about webcomics. One about learning to play guitar. A few random-ish blogs. A couple attempts at fiction-based writing blogs. As a matter of fact, just a few weeks before I reinstalled WordPress on this domain (for the second… third time), I had purchased a new domain and launched yet another writing blog.
I ended up dumping that blog, though, once I saw just how very many fiction writing blogs are out there. The ones that were there seemed to have it covered and I really couldn’t think of what I could do to expand on what they were already saying. So, I scrapped it and launched this blog instead, which was a really good move.
I know you probably are thinking “but there’s already so many gaming blogs out there, how is this different from the fiction writing blog scene?” I dunno. I just feel like there’s more room in the gaming blogosphere, but I can’t tell you why. Also, you can be a gamer and have a valued opinion without having to prove your “authority” by selling a ton of ebooks on Amazon or sign a publishing contract or something. XD
Anyhow, the point of this post is…
Yesterday, I saw Jeromai post about WordPress stats, so I got curious and went to look at my own. They seemed pretty good to me overall, except I noticed a strange blip during 2012 and 2013. I mean, I launched this blog in 2014, right? So what’s all that?
Clicking through, I noticed the titles of some of the old blog posts I wrote many years ago, back on a previous WordPress install on this domain. I got curious, and hunted down my WordPress .xml file export where I found a lot of this old content still stored away. This was back when I was trying to write primarily about fiction writing and creativity… topics that are dear to me, but I struggled to find consistent things to write about. The blog eventually fizzled out, but there were comments and discussions and me trying so hard to be a blogger back when blogging was the hot thing to do.
I thought it was kinda sad to let all that work just vanish like that, but the posts don’t really fit in with a lot of the newest content I write now. So, I decided to create a Museum section of this blog, instead, and imported the old posts in, complete with old dates and all the original comments! I did have to fix the broken images – I also had those saved – but everything should be there in working order, just like it was when I wrote them… some of them being 6-7 years ago!
Don’t laugh too hard, please! 🙂
Do you have some old blog posts stashed away somewhere? Or do you just wipe old blogs clean and forget they even existed?