The Great Blog Post Archive Emendation

Yep, ’emendation’ is a real word! It means a ‘correction’ or a ‘change’.

As part of my idea of revisiting one post in each of the last 10 years of my blogging career, I also wanted to go through the posts and delete the deletable, and update the updateable … which I now have done.

How did it turn out, I hear you ask?

First the deletions – 165 posts are gone. There’s probably a cached version of them somewhere on the interwebz, but as far as I’m concerned the only copies of (some of) them are on my external hard-drive.

I had a tough time deleting them to start with, it’s like they were my babies and I was abandoning them, but the only ones that truly ceased to exist were things like movie trailers, or links to things that had been removed. I started in 2010, and by the time I got to the end of 2019 I was deleting without a qualm.

Then there was the updatings. I ended up doing some sort of updating to all the remaining 369 posts … mostly renewing links, revising categories, keywords, and endeavouring to make sure there were no links left to the posts I’d deleted. That could be embarrassing. (just like typos though, we can always bank on there being at least one that gets missed)

I came across a few posts that I’ll turn into short stories and … who am I kidding, I couldn’t keep a story ‘short’ if my life depended on it, (maybe if my life did indeed depend on it, maybe) so they’ll probably end up evolving into something bigger than I anticipate, but what sort of wordsmiths would we be if we didn’t occasionally bite off writerly things bigger than we could chew?

I came across some wonderful videos too, like the fabulous peanut diving ferrets … and this one, which for some twisty reason cheers me up no end when the world tries to drag me down …

39 comments on “The Great Blog Post Archive Emendation

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Utterly mesmerizing, the Star Size video. Thank you, Widds. It’s the sort of thing that should be installed in all doctors’ waiting rooms (perhaps with less music) for soothing down purposes. What an eye-opener too – those giants and super giants.

    As to your editing process – well done for tackling that huge task. The links eradication sounds a nightmare. This has also made me think I need to tidy/clear my office. Oh no!

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  2. That was some exercise, Widders. Well done.

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  3. Sue Vincent says:

    A mammoth achievement! I keep wondering about all my old posts… but they run to five figures. Still insignificant in the greater scheme… and put nicely into perspective by that video πŸ™‚

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  4. A decluttering. Love it – I should go back and do the same thing. Except – mine is a bit of a diary of sorts as the poetry was all about a certain thought or series of them I was having at a time. Then again – it’s not like thoughts are that bloody important and they change all the time. Hmm thoughts. πŸ˜‚

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  5. TanGental says:

    You could be a thing the Maria Kondo of blogging. Have you thought about making your posts feng shui compliant and ensured all invasive species are properly disposed of? I’m far too scared to go and look at the crap i spun out four years ago. That’s something I’ll get my kids to do as a condition of inheritance MWAHAHA..

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  6. bone&silver says:

    Congratulations- that is some focus and discipline! Plus: OMG how much fun are the diving ferrets??? πŸ˜€

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  7. I am properly in awe. The idea of revisiting 600+ posts fills me with dread. It would take me weeks – and wouldn’t add any value to the world.

    Mine are mostly ‘of the moment,’ though some of the writing ones might be collated into a book on writing my way, which is sufficiently bizarre to afford all kinds of intriguing sidetrips.

    Mostly I recommend people NOT do it my way.

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  8. You have a very long blogging history. Has it always been on WordPress? I don’t know how long this has been around, I started last September. I always wanted to blog but didn’t really understand what it was all about. It isn’t simply logging on and writing a few things, like some people tend to think. I really enjoy it. Any advice for a newbie?

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    • Widdershins says:

      Hi Christine, thanks for dropping by … welcome to my corner of the interwebz. πŸ™‚ … and welcome to the blogging world. πŸ˜€
      … Yep, always been on WordPress – I checked out ‘blogger’ but it didn’t have the functionality I wanted.
      Advice? Don’t get hung up on comments, or stats, or a posting ‘schedule’ or the ‘theme’ of your blog. We humans are messy and complicated and sooner or later that’s reflected in what (and how) we write about.
      But above all, have fun! πŸ˜€

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      • Well, I am on the right path then! I actually enjoy reading and commenting on posts. I do like doing certain challenges but I don’t stress if I miss one. I did at first, but now its just about creativity. Thanks for responding

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  9. acflory says:

    I was going to comment on how fabulous the ferret video was. And then I watched the universe expand. -sound of jaw hitting floor-

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    • Widdershins says:

      ‘clunk!’ πŸ™‚ … in’it wonderful? πŸ™‚

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      • acflory says:

        It is. It kind of reminded me of how I felt as a teen, looking up at the night sky and disappearing in all that majesty. Being small and insignificant isn’t a bad thing. It focuses the mind on what we can do, and it lifts the soul to be a part of something so much greater. Probably the closest I’ll ever come to a spiritual experience. πŸ™‚

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  10. Jay says:

    You have done an impressive overhaul – kudos to you, because that’s a LOT to sort through and curate.

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  11. Bravo, Widders! This inspires me to think again, Do I really want to keep a piece of paper that has a pretty decent concept for a children’s book? I did fetch it out of the papers-to-be-burned box today after coming across it while making sure I hadn’t thrown away important documents. I pulled out several things, but I can toss them back into the box. It’s not going anywhere for a while.

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    • Widdershins says:

      It’s so hard to surrender out babies, isn’t it? … I started out saving a copy of every post I deleted, but that soon got, ridiculous, so I had to be a bit more discriminating. πŸ™‚


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