Editing Old Stuff

amelia phoenix desertsong

Have you ever found yourself thinking: wow, I really should go back and edit some of my old stuff! I do this a lot. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

In fact, sometimes revisiting old posts and rewriting them can be good for a great many reasons. If the post wasn’t doing anything for you, it’s possible to revive it to be a post that you’re actually happy with.

I could say that I rewrite posts in order to get the search engines to look at my older work again. There’s always some new way I can reword something or restructure the post for Search Engine Optimization purposes. But, actually, the reason that I revisit and edit old posts is a much simpler reason: I’m just not happy with how it is.

Writing should be a living, breathing thing. It’s perfectly OK to want to breathe new life into an old blog post, or page, or even your author bio. The last thing you want is to read something and feel like it simply isn’t doing what it should. Chances are, if you feel that way, then others who read it may feel the same.

Actually, the posts that I always want to look over the most are those that actually do well. Those are the ones that I tend to read over and over the most. There is always this nagging feeling at the back of my mind that I could improve it somehow. 

It may be a simple word choice here and there. Maybe the overall mood of the piece just doesn’t feel right. A lot of times it’s some other feeling I get that I can’t readily explain.

I tend to just leave the popular posts alone, though. They are usually “good enough” for me, but lately, I just want to go back and bring a lot of posts closer to “perfection.” Since I write primarily evergreen content, I want to keep every post that I have fresh and relevant. And, I have more than a few that no longer are quite relevant. To me, that is a problem.

How do you feel about editing old stuff? Do you just like to leave it alone and revisit any past ideas or topics in a brand new post? Or are you one, like me, who’s always tweaking?

I’d love to hear some thoughts on this. Until next time, lovelies…

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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