Friday, February 13, 2015
Does Posterity Matter in Blogging?
Here's a question that I've been struggling with lately. Should I go into the archive of A Splash of Ink and take down some of my earlier posts?
I have been writing on A Splash of Ink for almost four years. I started blogging seriously when I was 14 and in grade nine. Since the beginning of this blog I have read hundreds of books, studied English in a higher academic setting, started working at the library, learned to drive, graduated high school and figured out my core values and beliefs. Now, I'm nineteen and after taking time off to work, I made it to my first year of university.
I think it goes without saying that I have matured (I hope, haha). With maturity comes new insights and new ideas. Sometimes these new ideas conflict with old ideas. When I look at my archives, I see old ideas woven throughout my blog posts. I want my blog to be a reflection of me, and those old posts aren't my opinions anymore.
And sometimes when I look at my archive, I just want to give my younger self a good kick in the rear end, and tell myself to smarten up. Frankly, I find 2011 me annoying -sometimes. Maybe, I'm being self-critical, but some posts are written with a tone that is, well, immature and a bit cocky.
On coming to this realization, my first instinct was to go through A Splash of Ink and purge the archives of those particularly annoying posts. However, I didn't, and I don't think I will.
Those posts don't reflect my opinions today, but they reflect a part of me. Those posts reflect who I was four years ago, and who I was three years ago, and who I was two years ago, and who I was last year, even who I was last week. They show the slow change in how I've thought about literature and life. There's something beautiful about being able to see that kind of growth and longevity.
I could enjoy reviewing that growth in private, but I want to be able to share that with other people. I want my sub-par archives to be an encouragement to other bloggers who are just beginning. It is true what they say, to be a better writer you must write. Even if the writing is a little bit shaky to begin with.
I will no longer feel embarrassed about those early days of blogging. I will keep those posts for the sake of posterity. I want the "future generations" of me to be able to see where I started.
What about you? Are you embarrassed about your blog archives or old writing? Have you deleted posts before? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!
Reading: Gone by Michael Grant
Listening: Sleeping at Last
Watching: Gilmore Girls