Actually, this is NOT a Book Blogger Hop!
This is the sort of question I’d like to see in the Book Bloggers Hop, but the ones scheduled seem a little repetitive around now. Last year I saw someone talking about deleting old posts on their blog – something that hadn’t occurred to me. At the moment, you can find everything I’ve ever written on here, right back to that first self-conscious one where I’d decided to try to get the books published, and read that having a dedicated author blog was the right thing to do.
I wonder, though. Do my musings on the early stages of my writing career deserve a space cluttering up the ether? More to the point, do they help or hinder anyone reading them, in terms of marketing my work?
Thinking about my posts, if I was pruning them, I would keep all the Book Reviews. My review of A Christmas Carol is the single most accessed post on the blog, and gets three to six hits a day,all the year round. I must read and review more classic books that appear on global reading lists 🙂 Other reviews pull in readers on an intermittent basis, which gives me a long tail of posts read by one visitor in a year.
I’d keep all the flash fiction, and probably the haikus, too. Some writers blog about writing, I blog my writing. I might withdraw some of my flash fiction if I put it into an anthology, but then again, if you want blog readers, I think it helps for them to see them on the blog.
I might leave most of the Monday news and discussion posts, as well. I mean, if people want to get to know this author, these posts give an insight that may not come from the writings and reviews. I’d also leave all my A to Z April Challenge posts.
The rest? It could probably go. It’s mainly book blasts and tours duplicated on dozens of other blogs. If I haven’t put anything original into them, maybe they should be archived from public view.
What do you think?
Do you spring clean your blog? What do you take out?