Blog Sell-by Date

Salted Caramel has created more questions for her series on blogging insights. Please pop by and take a look at her blog. 🙂

Her questions this time are:

How old is your current blog/website? 

Do you ever look back at your site i.e. read through your old posts?

How long ago did you update your about page ?

If you were to start a new blog today, what would you do differently?

These questions got me thinking about the general concept of updating, of keeping things neat and orderly. Updating, going back and cleaning up things, sorting though things is something we all have to do, although some of us are much better at it than others. I think if you’re not much of a cleaning up person, then your blog might be untidy too (or creatively messy 🙂 ).

I’ve moved a fair bit in the last 13 years. There was a lot of upheaval. I was getting a divorce and had purchased another house. It was empty and very new and I started with pretty much a blank slate except for four boxes of papers and things that I needed to sort. Of course, I didn’t sort them. The boxes just followed me around, ignored and helpless hangers-on, but I couldn’t just throw them out either. If I did, especially without looking at them, I would be irrevocably throwing out an older chapter of me. That’s what it felt like, anyway.

So these four boxes moved with me again, and then again, and then again. They are now in a storage locker awaiting final deposition.

A couple of years ago, I started examining these boxes, and eliminated some of the stuff in them. The garbage bags containing some of the discarded stuff are still sitting in the storage locker though. So, all I did was shift the contents from one storage container to another.

I got called away, actually to start this job here in the Northwest Territories, and now when I go to my southern home, I don’t want to spend time in a storage locker sorting through stuff.

But the time is coming. My M may be returning to British Columbia to sell the place that we presently have and to purchase another in a neighbourhood that will be more conducive as we get older and become decrepit. It’s a very walkable location with shops and restaurants and the market close by.

Eventually, and sooner than it feels, I will be finally dealing with those boxes.

So why has it taken me so long? Why does it take anyone so long … to sort through a box? Clean a closet? Write a will? Finish an assignment? Organise a blog site?

Procrastination is usually for a reason, and I’ve certainly been procrastinating. I dug in my heels because I needed to. When I’m ready to clean up, I’ll clean up.

I’m not sure yet why I haven’t completely dealt with these boxes. It’s boring? It’s painful? I’m feeling a need to exert control over when I do it? It’s probably all of these.

What about you? Is your blog (or life) all orderly and up to date?

43 thoughts on “Blog Sell-by Date”

  1. I certainly identify with the tone of this piece. There are many things that I should have “dealt with” by now, but I haven’t, and the situation is compounded by the realization that what seemed important in my younger years is no longer quite so pressing. At our age, once you round a certain corner, you begin to understand that there are so many corners left. What, at that point, should be our focus?

    As for the orderliness of my blog? Well, I think you know by now that there is no sense of order whatsoever. And I like it like that… 😉

    1. Hahaha. 🙂

      It’s certainly true that as I get older, the “important stuff” from younger years is no longer of much value. And yes, there are lots of corners left – I like how you have expressed that idea. I do have things I want to focus on (like living life without time demands – dump the clocks!) and I hope I’m able to do that. But there are so many things that we don’t know that we don’t know, so maybe I will change my focus (or get confused). 😉

      I love your blog, and it doesn’t feel disordered to me. I feels like it feels. 🙂

  2. As I write, I am procrastinating. I found a brilliant funny Ted talk about procrastinating which I showed my youngsters. I think we all have boxes of junk both physical and mental, which we are reluctant to attend to. I am moving forward in baby steps with one particularly challenging task. That is how I have decided to deal with it at the moment. Tbe important think is to try to keep moving forward.

    1. I agree that moving forward is probably best, even if it’s only small steps. I have worked hard on the mental junk, but there may be a partial relationship to the junk in the storage locker. 🙂
      I learned to stop fighting the procrastination. I usually do it for a reason (I’m a muller and need to let things percolate). But those boxes? I’m just putting them off. 🙂

  3. I can relate, Lynette. For me, it always seems the more time I have, the more I’ll procrastinate. I work best on a tight and rushed schedule. I might not like it at the time, but that’s when I get the most accomplished. As for my blog, I’m lucky to just get posts up. 🙂

    1. Some people really do work well when they’re under pressure and you’re obviously one of them; that’s clearly your sweet spot. 🙂 I have also accomplished lots when I’m rushed but I really prefer not to have to do that.
      I hope you’re fully recovered now. 🙂

  4. Hi. I think that the majority of people are procrastinators. It’s part of our DNA. But usually it’s not a major problem. After all, most of us accomplish far more than we might give ourselves credit for.

    1. You’re very right about that. Most of us do accomplish a lot and we also tend to be really stingy with the credit.
      Oh yes, I think procrastination is built in. Probably some ancient DNA around conserving energy and only doing things when absolutely necessary. 🙂

  5. Good post Lynette. The toughest step to take on a long journey is the first step. I started making the first step with photo and video curation recently. I was sitting on VHS tapes, DVDs and Mpeg versions of all of my life’s work, not to mention the photo albums. I am happy to say that the VHS tapes and DVDs are now gone, but my wife is urging me to hold off on the photo albums. Not sure why. I guess we all have things we do not like to let go of. Have a great week. Allan

    1. We spent hours with my 97 year old mother pouring over her old photo albums over the holidays. She was able to tell stories we’d never heard before, and was fully engaged going back in time. The day may come when that’s what helps you – or her – keep connected to the world of family and friends.

    2. Thank you. 🙂
      I think I agree with your wife. I have kept the photo albums as well. There’s just something more sociable and connected about holding an album and being able to turn the pages (I like reading paper books too), especially when you’re looking at the pictures with someone else.
      Glad to hear that the tapes and DVDs are gone (I still have some of the latter with family photos on them!). 🙂

      Yes, the first step is the hardest one; especially when it comes to your life’s work.

      1. The bigger question now Is what will happen to your digital collections on your passing. It was likely easier for families to keep an unorganized shoe box of photos, rather than the masses of digital images out there today. Cheers Lynette. Allan

  6. I love the way my questions got you thinking, not jut about blogging but about life itself.
    You are not alone in having bags/boxes of stuff to look through. I have some that moved with me seven years ago. I might be moving house again in a few months. I hope I can deal with them before then.

  7. it comes down to doing what I enjoy most first, what i need to do next, and then too late for that other stuff because it’s does not have a deadline. Yes I want to get that stuff done, and I will feel good about having it done, and hopefully will accomplish those tasks soon, knocking them off one at a time.

  8. Well, it WAS orderly until my project from hell happened last week!

    Up to date…. eh, I still use a theme called “Twenty-Ten,” as in the year. It’s not as spiffy as some of the newer blog themes, but I like it’s simplicity and clearness…

    1. What a trial! I hope you’re coming to the end of that particular crap fest.

      I used a very simple theme for years as well because I really liked it, but then WP stopped supporting it and I had to change. There’s nothing wrong with continuing to use something that you really like, imho. 🙂

  9. I think it’s all about priorities. It’s easy to put off till tomorrow the things you don’t need to do today. The longer you leave them, the less important and urgent they seem. 😅

  10. I have accumulated so much stuff in my basement that just the thought of going through it all feels like my head might pop off. For me, it’s not any deeper than being lazy. There’s just too much to do. I’d rather use those weeks of digging through it all to go on a vacation.

    As far as my blog, I haven’t gone through it to “clean out” in a while, but I have done it in the past.

    1. Oh yes! Holidays instead of box-sorting! Naturally, that’s what I do every time I go south. I briefly consider storage-box sorting but then swimming, reading and hiking beckon too strongly. I justify it by saying that I earned some warm weather. 🙂 Of course, it really wouldn’t take me long to do my sorting, but I sure don’t want to.

  11. The only thing really dated about my blog is its title – Kayak 2016 was what I started with, and I now wish I’d chosen something that would encompass the kayaking in 2017, 2018, 2019, etc. But I do often go back through, for the history of it – what time of year did I make that trip/paddle that body of water? When did I visit those people? When did I complete that knitting project? Where were all those eagles? It’s like a diary, but summarized. Some day, if I’m bored, I’ll put things in categories, because I now see the sense in that, instead of just tags. Maybe that should be my 2020 resolution!

    1. A blog is very much like that! It’s an excellent way to keep track. 🙂

      I have occasionally gone back to look at early pieces and it’s been an interesting experience. Some weren’t bad but others were pure drivel. I haven’t taken any down though – they were part of a learning and experience curve and should stay where they are.

  12. That’s a very cool story. Some things are worth holding onto. I think I’m very organized and neat in my personal life but my blog can probably use some cleaning up and updates. I’ve got to make some time for this. I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing on here sometimes. Ha. But I think I just corrected my profile which I believe links up with my blog instead of a single post. So that’s something. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome. 🙂
      Yes, some things are, but I guess the point is to figure out what’s worth that. And, if I’ve been dragging these things around with me for so long but haven’t looked at them, are they that important? 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  13. Goodness, little in my life is orderly at the moment. Lots of transitional things happening on several levels. I’m hoping to address some of those levels though. Wish me luck! And energy. Mostly energy, lol. 🙂

    1. Good luck! And lots of energy! 😀
      I find transitions very interesting. There’s a lot that’s good about them, even if they have been prompted by something unhappy. They always make me re-evaluate and re-assess. 🙂

  14. Ah – I have not moved for 15 years, but I have boxes of papers to sort through. Why? Painful – my brother’s papers that deal with the loss of him, my dementia care giving of him, the fraud against him by his business partner – all painful. But life goes on and I need to throw this sorrow away and move on. Here’s to a New Year of happiness. I have tried to keep my blog a happy place to be – enjoying nature and expressing positive thoughts.

    1. I find your blog a very positive, affirming place. 🙂
      Your brother’s papers may be painful, but they also point to a very caring and loving relationship. I think you’ll throw them away when you’re ready.

      Happy New Year! All the best for happiness! 🙂

      1. Happiness to you too Lynette – I know you have had sorrow and problems in your life, The best to you in 2020,

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