Added a new category, shifted entries around.

I’ve been using the Computing category as a catch-all for anything related to computers short of video games for awhile now and it was getting rather lengthy. Awhile back I set up a Web Design category for talking about that specific topic, but hadn’t moved entries from Computing that were about web design over to that new category. Today I realized I talk a lot about Blogging in general so I thought I’d make a new category for that and shift some of my old entries from Computing over to it.

As a result, I’ve moved a lot of crap out of the Computing category and into the Blogging and Web Design categories so if you notice that there’s a new category that suddenly has a lot of entries in it (some of which are quite old) now you’ll know why. This is one of those times I wish MT supported sub-categories as both Blogging and Web Design are natural sub-categories to Computing. There’s a plug-in available that adds this ability, but it requires hacking the MT code and I really hate having to do that.

Speaking of old entries, in undertaking this little shifting of stuff around I realized that I have a fair number of entries that are not only old, but also no longer all that relevant. My posting of the release of MT 2.6, for example, is hardly news anymore having happened over a year ago. The trend among bloggers seems to be to keep every entry they write, but I’m curious if this is actually the case.

Do any of you other bloggers ever go back through your archives and delete stuff that you don’t think is all that important anymore? Or do you just bump up to the next bigger hosting account when you start to run out of space?

SEB eats up over 100 MBs in disk space at this point (though that does include quite a few graphics over the years) and I’m teetering on either bumping up to the next sized account Blogomania offers for more room, finding a different host that offers more space for the money (though I’m very happy with Blogomania), or trying to clean out some of the older entries in SEB that don’t seem all that important anymore. I’d love to hear what others do when faced with a similar situation.

6 thoughts on “Added a new category, shifted entries around.

  1. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to old entries. I’ve never deleted any unless I’ve had regrets about posting them (a few personal entries have gone missing in the past, but not many). The vast majority are still there, and in fact last summer I ‘rescued’ my old Blogger entries since the site I originally hosted them on had gone down. Similarly with the magazine web site I’ve been re-adding old content as there were some interesting discussions there.

    As for you, I guess it’s your site so it’s up to you . Personally, I’d avoid deleting stuff but if you’re short in space I suppose the less important entries could go. There are some interesting discussions on your site so you may want to keep those.

  2. When I was first starting out (a mere eight months ago), I was curious about what do do with old entries and such. I based my current practice on Rebecca Blood’s articles on blogging as journalism and weblog ethics.

    Both are good reads, and influenced my decision about what to do with two angry entries I posted after completely misinterpreting a news article I read. Rather than deleting them after the fact because they made me look like a boob, I did an entry explaining myself and apologizing for my boobishness. I also annotated the tops of the two erroneous entries with links to the apology.

    Maybe I just take myself too seriously, but this felt better than just erasing the entries. I know the scenario isn’t really the same as your storage crisis, but the principle of the thing extends to other old entries for me.

    FWIW, that’s my take on the old entries thing.

  3. I personally wouldn’t bother to prune old posts and discussions unless there was a compelling reason - disk space and performance constraints come to mind.

    However, there’s nothing wrong with offlining or outright deletion of material based on relevance, age, and popularity. One problem I have in a slightly different context is that the time spent cleaning up is disproportionate to the resulting relief. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  4. Of pruning old posts there is no ending …

    As an historian (by major and amateur inclination), I think keeping primary material like this is almost an ethical obligation.  Primary, not in terms of crap linked to (speaking only for my own blog, of course), but in terms of my reaction to it.

    I mean, heck, maybe someday my great grand-daughter will laugh and point at an entry I made about how MT 2.6 was so keen because [insert buggy whip analogy here].

    Most diaries are full of crap.  Sometimes that’s the most interesting part. 

    Of course there’s a cost, in terms of disk space.  Right now every entry I have is duped three times—individual archive, monthly archive, category archive. I keep thinking I should do away with one or the other of the latter two, especially if I could generate the monthly dynamically (slow, sure, but I don’t use it that often). 

    (Four times, now that I think of it—the primary copy is in the MT MySQL tables.)

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