Why restart an old blog, rather than starting a new one?
When I decided to start blogging again, I had to make a decision. Should I start a new blog and leave my old one where it was? Or should I restart the old one?
The observant will notice I restarted the old one. But why?
- All the old content was sat in WordPress, doing nothing. The old one had been built in Movable Type. When I turned off Movable Type on my server, I left the old blog as a set of static pages. But I imported the actual content into WordPress with my other sites. It was there. So why not do something with it?
- I had been blogging for 11 years before the blog went into hiatus. I had started in 2002. My style and interests have changed over the years. But it’s a record of me. The me of 2002 was very different to the me of now. But I’m still me. I liked the idea of this blog being a continuous (almost) story.
- My manifesto hasn’t changed much since 2002.
My what, I hear you say? My manifesto. My reason for blogging.
Back in the first post on this blog (back when it was called Rant ‘n’ Rave), I said the following:
Rant ‘n’ Rave is a record of emotions. It’s a record of what I think is good and what I think is bad. Don’t expect it to be updated every day, cos it isn’t. It’s barely updated weekly. It’s just updated as and when I feel the need.
It the mission of the site sounds a bit crappy, tough. To be honest, I don’t care if no one reads this. It is just a convenient way to store my views on certain subjects for prosperity. If people are interested, great! If not, ack, who cares? After all, it ain’t costing me anything, apart from my time. It’s just making available publicly, what I would once have kept to myself.About Rant ‘n’ Rave, July 2002.
And when all is said and done, that remains as true now as it did back then. It may have had a six year break, but this blog’s back baby!