10 Things To Expect When Refreshing Old Blog Posts #blogging #blogger #bloggingtips



  1. You will cringe at your old photos / images. This is guaranteed. It’s similar to looking at old photos of yourself and thinking ‘did I wear that?’ My old blog post images / photos were either too small, dull or totally unrelated to the blog post. I wasn’t surprised no one read them. Think bold, colourful and large!
  2. You will cringe at what you wrote back in the day. This is also guaranteed. You will spend your time sighing a lot and thinking ‘was I mentally unstable when I wrote this post?’ Go back and rewrite old posts that make you shiver or feel sick.
  3. You will spot missed typos,Β posts with no categories, posts with no tags and links that don’t work. Get over your embarrassment and fix them!
  4. The whole process will send you down blogging memory lane. Trust me it can get emotional and a bit like reading an old diary. Prepare for some teary moments.
  5. You will need a constant supply of coffee. Trust me!
  6. If you have a lot of posts to refresh the process can be arduous, time-consuming and dull. You will want to scream, walk away and shout at someone after realising you are only at September 2014. You will ask yourself ‘is it worth it?’ – yes it is so carry on!
  7. When you start seeing your refreshed sparkly posts appearing you will get a burst of blogger joy! It’s a bit like when you revamp your wardrobe.
  8. Use this blogger joy to help encourage you to start sharing these now beautifulΒ  old posts on social media. Come on! You cannot leave good posts to gather dust! Get them out and show off! Tweet, post or pin. I am tweeting one old post a day. It doesn’t feel too bad if you do it in small steps.
  9. You will start to feel proud of your blog again. Once you see traffic starting to reach these old posts you will start smiling and having a spring in your step.
  10. You will start to encourage readers to dive deeper into your blog by attaching links in new posts to older refreshed posts. This is a great way of getting readers to go deeper. You only do this when you know your old posts look hot!

So come on!

Lets refresh our old posts and make them look amazing!


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84 thoughts on “10 Things To Expect When Refreshing Old Blog Posts #blogging #blogger #bloggingtips

      1. Some of my deep thoughts we’re in my early blog posts. Thanks Lucy, I appreciate you saying that, it does take time dicking about with it in the way I do… I need to actually write something really lol

  1. I love this, thank you! For the past week I have been working on revising and editing old posts from a previous blog to publish on my WordPress blog, and I have gone through each of these (it’s always comforting to know you’re not alone!).

    Your post inspired a post of my own, so I was sure to mention and link back on my blog. Thank you again, and I wish you luck in revamping!

  2. Funnily enough, I looked through someone else’s earliest posts only a few days ago. I was amazed at how they had ‘come on’ in style and content, so I had a look at my own… No, please resist. Don’t go and look. Some are naive and a bit cringy. I think this is such a good idea, I need to add it to my ridiculous To Do list. There are some topics that are still relevant but I could make them so much better! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Thx Lisa – it’s a ‘take a deep breath and dive in’ task. It’s not pretty, it’s arduous and time consuming BUT it’s so valuable! Good luck! Let me know your progress.

  3. I did a deep blog clean last week, well quite shallow as I’ve only been blogging 15 months…mainly to add category and tags, and I’ll be honest delete a few naff ones. I hadn’t thought to revamp and repost a few that maybe missed the ‘like’ boat but will now. Twitter quite another thing, I had a major cull, I was a complete prat for first few months, you know actually thinking most folk were real! Learnt that lesson the hard way and love the delete Tweet option! Now I just need to get my act together with comments. Cheers Eric.

  4. Perfect timing, oh blonde one. My besetting sin is to start a new blog when I change direction. This is not wise, trust me! Now I’m pecking away at an old one, deleting much, updating some, recycling some. You have given me new heart. I’ll be in there with my chain saw shortly. But first, coffee.

    1. Go strong on the coffee and make sure that chain saw is sharp! It will be a struggle, you will tire and at times you will feel madness coming on. Stay strong and keep hacking!

      1. No Lemon Shark. Just get on Photopin if you think you have naff photos. I have had quick browse and you have some really good posts so I don’t think you need this. Go back to swimming around πŸ™‚

  5. I loved this! I still have the hardest time posting and I’ve been casually blogging for almost a year now. I do know that once I got my new camera, and started to get over my fear of editing, my pictures have definitely improved. I can’t wait till I become even more confident with my editing skills then I can go back and edit the old photos in older posts. Maybe after my photography confidence boost, I’ll get a writing confidence boost!

    Adventures in Aussieland

  6. I llook back on them whenever I need a nice dose of humility. I’m totally wearing the written equivalent of acid washed jeans and/or popped collars in a few of them.

  7. I’ve recently started the process of refreshing old posts & promoting them and it is quite satisfying, but yes I really cringe at the awful grammar and how is it that no matter how many times you proofread something you can always find more typos!

  8. What do you mean by “refresh” exactly? Are you copying and pasting into a new post altogether? How will your audience know the post has been updated if they’ve read it before?

    Also, how long after a post is published would you consider it “old” and in need of “refreshing”?

  9. I’m still fairly new to blogging but I’ve already started doing this with older posts revisiting and trying to revamp. It’s great advice.

  10. I’ve revamped some of mine – got rid of all the images that weren’t copyright free and tidied things up – I need to go back and put in some more headers and get the old posts looking more like my current ones. Might be a job for January – thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Loved reading that post Lucy….yes, it’s wise to touch up upon our old blog posts and redo them in new avatars……this will very much guide bloggers to look back on their earlier creations and bring them to life once more…..:)

    1. How exactly do you guys mean ‘refresh’ an old post? Make the changes and then post it as a new post or. ….? When I tried reblogging one it showed the message that it was re blogged . I didn’t get ANY views !!!!! 😦

  12. Very interesting take on redoing your old blog posts. I always find it lot of hard work because you try to figure out what didn’t work and then you do corrective stuff!

  13. Oh I hate when I find mistakes on my old posts! Now and then I go through them and refresh them. I always feel odd sharing the old ones though….. not sure why!

  14. sometimes I wonder if someone ill posted when I was on holiday… Because I am shocked at some of the earliest posts. But feel I am cheating somehow. Cheating the reader who may have read it in a different guise. So I tarted up an old one on the back of this post, launched it for #SocialSaturday and lets see how it is received. Merry Christmas blondie.x

  15. This is definitely on the to-do list for next year. I’m not going to be able to tart up many of the pictures, though. I’m going to have to be satisfied with sorting out the words and creating new links.

  16. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has been updating old blog posts- great post! I have only been blogging for a year, so I’m glad I have started to revamp early 😊. I have also been adding Pinterest friendly images onto all posts. It does take a long time but it’s worth it πŸ™‚

  17. Absolutely excellent. I have now decided that refreshing old posts is a blog goal for me. I know there’s a typo in one post and it’s been bugging me for weeks, but then I forget about it and don’t fix it. (I’m going to go do it as soon as I’m done typing this comment.) I think you’re right about looking back to look forward–only by knowing what’s in the old posts can we link back to them and tie things together even better. Maybe by going back to do a refresh I’ll even get a better sense of my blogs “personality evolution.”
    Thanks for the inspiration, Lucy!

  18. I suspect this isn’t relevant for me yet (‘old posts’ being August this year at most) but even with only 60 posts or so possibly I could do with the reposting some, especially as I put so much effort into not tying them to a particular time. Thanks for the tips.

  19. Thanks for the kick in the but to start doing this. I had good intentions of doing it, but as you mentioned, WOW, so many that need new images, the time etc. but I am now going to bite the bullet and get it done. Thanks for helping me to get my act together and just start with it.

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