Although, for most of us, it’s a labor of love, blogging is actually a fair amount of work. The reward for our efforts is often a post we can be proud of and, with any luck, it receives some attention from the rest of the community.
Unfortunately for most posts, that attention tends to be short-lived. A short time after it’s displayed, the average post falls off the blogrolls of the community and into the realm of obscurity, often never to be seen again. There’s good reason for this: after all, readers will only find posts interesting if they can actually find the posts.
One way to prevent your favorite posts from disappearing altogether is to create a side-bar displaying the most popular posts on your site. A good example of this can be seen over at Santa Cruz Warhammer, which is a collection of hobbyists that have ALOT of good posts. Such widgets can be fiddly to maintain, as well as taking up a significant amount of space on your blog.
Another way to highlight previous posts is to simply provide links in newer posts to that older content. Whenever you write an entry that ties in with a historical post you’ve written, you can simply provide a link to the older content, thereby increasing traffic to the otherwise lost post. While I highly recommend this tactic for all bloggers, it doesn’t seem sufficient.
This is why I’m proposing all bloggers highlight the content they’re most proud of on March 2nd in celebration of “Old Stuff Day.” On this day, each blogger can go through their history and find posts that they’d like to shake the dust off and present again to the community at large. Some suggestions for content that would be good to post:
- Posts that you considered special that didn’t receive as much attention as you thought they deserved
- Content that people liked in the past, but haven’t seen recently
- Posts you might have created before your site received much traffic, and now deserve to be reshown
- Or any content you’re particularly proud of!
It would be grand to go through each blog and see some of their best work displayed on a single page. It would also provide insight into the mind of each blog’s owner, in determining what they’re most proud of.
So, I hope that you join us in sharing some of the treasures from your blog’s past. I look forward to reading the cliff’s notes on your blog’s history, and hope you’ll do the same with mine.
UPDATE! My crude photo editing skills have begrudgingly come up with a banner for Old Stuff Day. That is displayed at the side of this site, as well as downloadable in a full size and a small size image.
Hello from a visitor via Porky’s Expanse. You came up with a good idea, and I will probably participate in it, but I’m curious; what made you choose March 2 (Texas Independence Day)?
It was chosen because it’s already an obscure holiday called “Old Stuff
Day,” which seemed fitting for this purpose. Apparently, it’s also Dr.
Seuss’ birthday, and “National Banana Cream Pie Day.”
all very important holidays in my household!
Just went live with a post on this advertising it, when the banner is done (I would do it, but I don’t really have much artistic flair) could you send me it so i can paste it into the blog as a yearly thing
Hey Tom, banner created (links in the original post, or here: http://www.warhammer39999.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/OldStuffDayFullSize.jpg)
Sounds like a plan. If I remember I’ll have to find something to repost then.
I agree there’s a lot of good old content. When I find someplace new, I try to browse their older stuff as well as the more recent posts. Sometimes even commenting on old, old stuff. For some reason I think many are reticent to comment on old posts, perhaps from being harassed for “thread necromancy” on forums. But I think most blog authors appreciate any comments, even on stuff from a long time ago!
So maybe we could add a second part to the challenge – not only post something old of your own, but also to find something old somewhere else you like and comment on it!
Good points all around. Adding the second clause to the day, seems like a
good idea to me. I’ll add it to the original post.
Excellent idea! I’m gonna go home and write up a draft post immediately …
Looking forward to it. 🙂
I like it.
I support this movement.
Any chance you (or another like-minded, supporting individual with a
penchant for photoshop) could work up a little side banner to post on
people’s sites to remind people? I tried, but anything more than a stock
picture with some words plastered on the front seems to be too difficult for
me to muster…
I’m sure I could devise something. What are we looking to put for text on the banner itself?
Nothing too fancy. Call it Blogging Renewal Day or Old Stuff Day, put the
date, and the general purpose (Show off your old content). People then
could link that to a post they’ve made on the subject, or they could link it
to my post describing what the day is about.
I had worked up a really cheesy one with cobwebs as the background, but was
hoping a true artiste would step forward…
I’ll see what I can come up with when I have some time. That being said, don’t let me step on anyone’s toes here. If you’re good at graphic design and are up to the task then fire away. Options and choices are a good thing.
I whipped up something in order to get things moving. What do you think?
I like it. I’ve been too busy at work to do create anything sadly. I’m all for using this.
Sounds like a great idea to me. I’ll have to start digging through my archives – I’m sure there’s some stuff in there that even I’ve forgotten about.
man, i gotta say i didnt read this post past the opening because frankly i dont care (no offense)
But i have noticed you seem to get more comments talking about blogging tips then Warhammer…..
To each his own.
I think this particular post gets some traction because (not to toot my own
horn), it’s a good idea. Blogging is alot of work, and too many cool posts
get glossed over. Since it’s a community, my target audience is fellow
bloggers who, I suspect, are in the same boat as I am and would like to show
off some older content.
On a larger sort, I might get a fair amount of comments on my non-40k posts
because it’s a bit of a rarity in our community. Aside from Thor over at
http://www.creativetwilight.com and Dave G of http://nplusplus.blogspot.com/, there
are few people that freely post such comments. So, despite my lack of
talent in the game itself, I still have something to contribute to the
blogosphere as a whole. 🙂
Great idea! I’ll see if I can’t put something together by then. It should be plenty of time, but the family has me hopping right now.
I hope you can. You’ve got quite a few gems laying beneath the surface.
I hope you can. You’ve got quite a few gems laying beneath the surface.
I support this and shall advertise it as well.
P.S. I pronounce it in my head “Fay-low-wyn,” though I’m quite sure that’s
wrong. Is it “Fay-ow-lane?” By the way, if you’re having any trouble with
mine, it’s “Rawb” (the trademark symbol is silent). 🙂
What if we had a community digest….a digg of blog postings. That would be interesting wouldn’t it!
I never did DIGG before. I presume that’s just a means of recommending
articles to other people? Kind of like an online popularity contest of
posts? Yeah, I think that could be a pretty neat addition to the
community… if you can inspire enough of us to actually try DIGG.
This is a grand idea Rob and I’ll fully support it.
Trying to fit the upkeep of my blog and remain up to date with the many great blogs I follow (a list which I’m sure barely scratches the surface of this burgeoning community).Whilst holding down a job which is far removed from predictability of 9 to 5 and still managing to see my good lady wife in passing once in a while. Takes a whole heap of effort and in the bitter watches of the night, when we sit back from our cogitators with blood shot eyes and sore backs and question why we started blogging in the first place, its ideas like this, that keep us going.
As for the banner, anyone who reads my blog will know, the Omnissiah and I don’t see eye to eye; so I leave such things to those of greater talents. But I can’t now shake the image of Bill Pullman getting all cheesy and flag wavy saying “Today, we celebrate our Old Stuff Day!”
I’m in on this one.
I already know of two posts from others i think are absolute gems.
Thanks for coming up with this idea,
From the Warp
I’m in on this as well, time to start digging through the archives
Awesome. Looking forward to it. If you’d be kindly enough to make
mention of it, perhaps we can get some more people involved in the
process as well.
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Great, great idea. I’m in, too. Or like they say in SST, “I’m doing my part!”
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Awesome. Fab idea. Love it – well done, matey!
Thanks for doing your part to make the day a success. 🙂
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What a great idea!!! Its a bit late but I’m going to post my Old Stuff tonight!
I’ll give it a go…..I hope!
I’m so glad you did this. I have very much enjoyed reading my friends old posts.
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