People who read this are going to think I am crazy. Every blogging write up or advice I have read counters what I did this weekend. And yet the greatest thing is, I don’t care.
I feel relieved, liberated and inspired all at the same time. This weekend on Sunday to be precise I deleted over half my blog.
Majority of which had my old blog name northofseven watermarked on them. They drove me insane. INSANE.
Now I know what you’re thinking, why couldn’t you just change the photos and upload new pictures into them and save the old ones? Oh my God your SEO will crumble! Google won’t give you as many hits! Why would you do that?
Is this in between the time I already barely have this year to be a mom, write new content, be a social media maven and oh yes work on my never ending project gallery page?
But the truth is I feel awesome. I really do.
Mind you I will change the photos in the remaining entries (as I did leave some) but now I will only do that to the entries that matter to me. And the entries that make me smile. And the entries that help someone who visits my blog. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long, long time. And like the painting of the back of my front door in a sexy kick ass red, I woke up and said enough. I was tired of looking at entries that weren’t me anymore, that didn’t feel cohesive with how I was writing recent entries and the direction I want I want my blog to go in.
I know for a lot of bloggers they see their archive as a memory bank – something to look back upon and see how far they’ve come. For me it was a different story. It was a creative block.
Like good writers, they often write because they don’t know how to do anything else. This is the same with artists in other mediums. I have a friend Angel who is someone I would call a true artist. He eats, breathes and sleeps art. He draws constantly anywhere and everywhere. I watch my older daughter do the same thing. She wakes up and the first thing she does is draw a picture. It’s like she can’t function with the rest of her day if she doesn’t draw first. It’s a calling. Well this summer Angel wrote a post on Facebook where he said “Sometimes in order to move forward in art you have to let go of past works. Today I destroyed many unseen drawings, sketches, illustrations, and I feel a bit more liberated.” You can find more about him here.
Irritating old watermark aside, that statement above was a huge reason I wanted to go through old posts and only keep the ones that meant something to me because I had been feeling exactly like him. It’s insulting when you see old projects that you know you didn’t put effort into shooting and lighting properly and were lounging around as wasted internet space. Or you look at old projects and think why am I stuck on using that item for decor or crafts? Paragraphs that needed space to breathe. Topics and posts that I was like “Come on that’s obviously a filler post, I can find any of that shit on Pinterest, why are you doing a round up of the photos on here?” I wasn’t moving forward.
Please don’t mistake this as me editing my blog for the illusion of perfection. I hate perfect blogs. They are overrated and show me nothing about a persons true skin. I don’t believe for one second you have a personal photographer walking around with you taking pics of you randomly standing against walls in chic outfits with your kids every morning before your latte brunch shots. Though if you really do have this, by all means send me the name so I can get more photos of myself with my kids. This is about a then rookie blogger realizing she could do better. About taking the advice of my blogging mentor Lynne‘s advice and starting to write epic shit. Seriously.
The bloggers I love all bring their A Game. If they post something it usually makes me go damn. I recently read some blogging advice that suggested that you take every opportunity to write a blog entry. That is you did a craft, blog about it. If you saw something cute at a store, blog about it. I completely disagree. That’s what Facebook is for. For example, I took all of my second hand finds and now use Instagram to share them right away (so maybe if anyone sees what they like I can tell them what store it’s at). I used to take that advice and what happened was I wound up with a bunch of filler entries that got no hits, no people being inspired or educated and I wound up resenting what my blog content read like vs what I wanted it to look like. I didn’t want a journal type of blog. I wanted a blog that showed my projects and a site that could inspire others to try their hand at a craft with their kids or say hey she’s like me, if she can do it, I can do that!
It took me some to realize but quality content over quantity is what I believe makes a good blog. It’s what builds a good body of work that gets people to come back. Think about what your blog gets views on. It’s probably not what you think but I’m willing to bet it’s a good post. My biggest search this past year has been my experience with the IKEA sewing machine. I am still terrible at sewing. But that post made people laugh and relate to me and that led them find more stories I’ve shared on here.
Whether it’s good writing, crafts, stories, painting, home decor or baking. Whatever it is you do, one good post is better than a series of five crappy filler posts.
And every time I saw my old posts I felt like they fit the content of exactly the type of blog I didn’t want to read. So I cut off the anchor that was weighing me down and now, with some minor tune ups coming up in September I can finally move forward.
Don’t be afraid of pressing delete, if it frees you to go in the direction you want to go. The idea of looking forward vs looking back. Sometimes we all need a little reset button.