Does Content Have an Expiration Date?

by SimplySharpe on March 7, 2010


Success Expires on My 35th Birthday Day, Does Content?


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgetten lore, while I nodded nearly napping. ” – Edgar Alan Poe

If you are familiar with this poem, it’s possible you wonder if I have been nearly napping or abandoned this blog altogether? Truth be told, I heard no rapping or tapping at my window. Of the things I have heard, I only wish I could sum up with such elegance as Mr. Poe.

Instead, I find myself on a more shallow path and the quest to uncover a question that has been plaguing me.

Does blog content have an expiration date?

For new readers who may have stumbled upon this blog via Twitter or any other method of making your way here, welcome! You may not be aware that I have kept a few other now defunct blogs. Unless of course you count MySpace, which not many of us do anymore.

In an effort to connect with my creative self again, I decided to do some blog research and came across some really funny creative material. My old blog, Randomly Fabulous. This was by far one of my favorite explorations in blogging as it was the most raw, the most real and it appeared I had limited myself from all the corporate constraints, other people’s opinions and attempts to do anything other then what I know and love; WRITING. That was until I was told by previous employers, perspective employers (actually recruiters) that this style of writing was not going to do anything for my professional career.

It was not that I was planning an evil conspiracy to attack anyone (former employers/mean girls/my constantly entertaining mother/people with an apparent lack of fashion sense) that caused the peanut gallery to ask me to retreat to my shell of an existence. It was the honesty. The true raw emotion of a writer, an observer. A person who genuinely enjoys the pleasure of watching life happening and writing about it in an entertaining manner.

Which leads me to my point… Does good content expire?

Upon conducting my research I found a series of old posts that with a little updating would still be funny today. Some of the posts that were relative to what was going on 3-5 years ago may not apply. Some are worthy of sharing and I wonder what my newer and loyal readers would think of the concept of having a throw back to the days of yonder, where my writing was not under a microscope (or if it was, I was blissfully ignorant)?

I know a lot of good bloggers that use old content to remain consistent. I am not talking about taking my journals from my formative years or my old ICQ or the lost geocities pages and trying to recreate content. I am focusing on blogs that were once posted that may be a nice little throw back for old and new readers.

I would love your feedback? Is this a blogging do or don’t? For other bloggers (writers at heart), do you always move fresh content forward or do you ever dig back in your archives for material when you have the arsenal to do so?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Todd Schnick March 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

My best answer? It depends. Sometimes older content is priceless, precisely because it is still relevant and it matters. And still makes you think. But sometimes it is necessary and proper to generate new material from current thinking.

SimplySharpe March 8, 2010 at 12:40 am

Good answer. Some of the posts I enjoyed the most were specific to a time or situation. A few were priceless and may see an updated appearance. I appreciate the feedback, Todd!

Robyn March 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

I agree with Todd but would add one more caveat if any of your old posts were written from a passionate place and allow your reader to connect to you then bring them over as well. The other piece of advice I’d offer up is keep writing….I enjoy reading your blog and while I understand you are making a more serious turn don’t water down your passions!

Randy Barnes March 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

Everything is new to somebody. I say bring it out of the closet and wear it from time to time. If it had value at some point it likely still do. Mr Poe’s still got it.

Chris March 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I think anything original that offers good entertainment, insight, or advice can be timeless. I’d love to read your older stuff – especially based on things you’ve told me about it!

James Ball March 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Great stuff is always great, even if it’s simply something you refer to that marks a point in time…or to benchmark something. I sense that you are speaking more about information and posts that share a side of you and your personality. If this is the case, then if it’s you, was you in the past, or who you want to be…it’s always relevant to those that care to know you better! :O)

SimplySharpe March 11, 2010 at 1:54 am

Thank you, Robyn! Great advice from my trusted filter 🙂

SimplySharpe March 11, 2010 at 1:57 am

Mr. Poe is timeless. Some of my old content is just funny and real. Some is dated. I wanted to get an idea of how other writers (bloggers) felt about refreshing good content. Thanks for the feedback, Randy!

SimplySharpe March 11, 2010 at 2:03 am

Ha, Chris… You would be one of the few that I would grant all access behind the scenes VIP viewing privileges.

SimplySharpe March 11, 2010 at 2:05 am

Thanks, James! The posts were definitely insight into my past and personality. I think I still do a decent job of sharing that, but on a more restricted basis. I really value your opinion as I enjoy your blog and personality tremendously 🙂

HMA March 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Clever is clever whether it was so last season or two minutes ago. I’ve been reading (and writing) with you since 1994 and the one thing I can say that I admire is that you were always true to your voice and never cared what big brother thought. I’m not advocating being insensitive but I do know that people like real, people respond to real. Look at the book Precious. There was some hardcore uncomfortable stuff in that book but it was real. Real wins awards. People do not respond to watered down, censored fodder that is there to be there. You have never been a pusher of rhetorical fodder. I enjoy your original, fresh point of view, and the way that you string nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives together to convey your point. Whether I’m reading our notes from just post high school or your blog from yesterday I’m still interested in what you have to say. I think using your old material to get some idea juices flowing is completely commendable.

SimplySharpe March 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Aw, HMA blog love! I actually saved many of the stories we wrote in the 90s that will definitely make a cameo at the Val party, among other places. I may need to get busy with the scanner and send you some seriously funny stuff? Thank you for reminding me of such happy writing memories! xo

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