Would You Miss My Blog Archives?
Posted on 12/28/2014 in misc
Once upon a time I had over 5000 blog posts on this site. That number dropped to about 2000 last year when I cleaned up a bit. For years I had a script that auto posted my delicio.us links to the site daily. Also, I used my blog like Twitter back then, posting multiple very short, "Hey look at this cool link" type of updates daily. Now that I think about it, I probably should have thought of Twitter way before anybody else. Another missed opportunity...
Anyway, I deleted all that stuff, many of the links were bad, and almost all of the links were years beyond relevance. With the move to a static blogging engine, I've been struggling with what to do with the archives. At the moment, they are static HTML pages that resulted from crawling my Drupal site and saving everything locally. However, I did a quick experiment this evening and looked at every post in the first year of the site's existence. I found 4 or 5 that still seem worthy of being online, and maybe even that is a stretch. The "Hey, it's my 34th birthday and I spent it at the Lord of The Rings movie with my 8 year old son" post is certainly meaningful to me, but I'm wondering if there is any point in it still being online. Especially since said son is 60 days from legal drinking age!
All of which is a long winded way of saying I've sort of decided to spend the next few evenings culling the 50-100 still useful or interesting posts in the archives and porting them to the new blog system, then taking the archives off-line for good. I'll definitely keep the content, as it is a pretty darn good diary of my life since 2001.It just won't be online, except for whatever the Internet Archive may have.
Also please note that I'm not trying to clean up my public profile because I'm running for town dogcatcher or something. I really don't know why I'm doing this. Storage is cheap, but there is still physic energy expended in knowing the archives are there when maybe they would be better retired.
What do y'all think?