I’ve been blogging since 2004. I started off on a service called Xanga, then moved over to self-hosted WordPress in 2007. When I made the move I imported all my old posts to my new blog, so all told on my personal website (including this post) I’ve published a grand total of 607 posts. Over the past two weeks I’ve systematically gone through all my blog posts, auditing them against strict criteria. I ended up unpublishing well over half of the entries.
I’ve been working on a blog post for The Navigators Collegiate Communications Handbook Blog on the need for our Navigator campus ministers to be careful with what they post online for the sake of their ministry efforts. It got me thinking about the things I’ve published online for all the world to see, whether on this blog, another website, or on social media. Some of those posts and updates were crafted with painstaking care; others were put out there in haste. I decided that if I was going to tell our 800+ Collegiate Navigator staff that they needed to be proactive with auditing past content then I needed to take my own advice.