I’ve been blogging for a long time. The more I add to my archives, the deeper my oldest posts sink into oblivion. They’re still there. I just haven’t taken any steps to make them disappear … but not because I’m lazy, or too busy to make time to do so.
I am in complete control of every post that goes live on this blog. If I wanted to, I could go way back into my archives and set all my old posts to private. It’s actually something I seriously considered doing when I rebranded my blog back in 2015.
But something about that felt wrong to me. Sure, I have the power to hide any post I want to. But what would I really gain from that? Actually, I feel I’d have much more to lose.
I believe in growth. And I believe, as someone in a position where transparency can make a difference, it’s important to show examples of how writers grow over time. These posts aren’t easy to find, but they’re there. If someone were to come across one of them, fine. They’re going to read a lot of ranting about how I wanted to write novels instead of doing algebra, and if that helps them somehow, I’m cool with that.
I’m not the only one who could benefit from looking back at how far I’ve come. I’m a completely different person than I was when I first started blogging, and I’m also a completely different writer. I’m a human being — I’m not perfect. Many of those old blog posts might be completely useless and irrelevant now. But they’re part of my journey as a writer. I think that matters.
Would it be different if I’d posted things I shouldn’t have online? I guess so. But as much as I can remember, I’m sure I knew enough about the internet not to post anything I’d regret. If there’s someone out there who still treats their blog like a legitimate diary, well, they might want to consider combing through their archives carefully. But I posted about my cat, and prom, and Meg Cabot. That’s all just part of my past, and I’m proud of it.
It’s fun to laugh at yourself, and shake your head at all the things you thought you knew about the world. It’s healthy for personal growth, reflecting on the way things used to be. So I have a gift for you.
Ladies and gentlemen of the blogging community, I present to you … my first-ever blog post. It’s short. It’s sweet. It makes me smile. And cringe. And smile again.
I shared mine. Will you dare to show me yours?
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.