The Beauty Of Blog Archives – Gifts that Keep Giving

A number of blogs I’ve discovered in the last year or so have either published very few new posts since I’ve found them, or none at all.

Some might think this is reason enough to visit them no further, as the author has little or nothing new to say.

But the beauty of blogs of course is that posts are automatically saved and organised in chronological order, ready and waiting for any new reader to dive in and enjoy potentially years’ worth of content.

As a blog author, this is one of my main motivations too, knowing that a new reader might not arrive at the latest post, but at one that’s possibly weeks, months, years old, and still enjoy it and get something from reading it.

In fact for as long as I can remember, the most read post on 35hunter in the stats month after month is one I wrote two and half years ago – How I Shoot Film Simply Without A Light Meter.

This year, that post has accounted for over four times the views of the next most popular post, and as many views as the other nine of the top 10 combined. Four of the top five most viewed posts this year, weren’t published this year.

Who says blogs are all about new content and you’re only as good or interesting as your latest post!


So as a reader looking for interesting new posts about photography, cycling or anything else you love, don’t be put off if you find one you like that hasn’t published anything new for months.

Take a peek in the archives (with most blogs these are easily accessible from any page) and see what else there is.

And as a blog author, don’t be disheartened if you’re not seeing a shed load of views and comments on your new posts as soon as they’re published.

The more (and the more consistently) you keep writing and publishing interesting and useful content, the more your archive builds. Then, the more likely it is you’ll attract new readers, and the more delighted they’re likely to be when they do find you and discover you have dozens, hundreds, perhaps even thousands of other helpful and enjoyable posts in your archives to explore.

If you’re a fairly new reader to 35hunter, I’d like to invite you to delve into the archives here.

You can either use the archive by month shown at the foot of this (or any other) post, or take a lucky dip by using the neat random post tool either via the Random page (a link is also at the top right of each page), or just by clicking here.

Blog readers, enjoy, and blog writers, write on!

Thanks for looking. Please share this post with others you feel will enjoy it too. If you’re interested, this is what I’m into right now.

4 thoughts on “The Beauty Of Blog Archives – Gifts that Keep Giving”

  1. Have been enjoying your blogs for quite a while now (apologies this is my first comment!). I find your blogs very thought-provoking. I am a photographer using film and digital, and like you have enjoyed those old digital compacts. Equipment is not that important (unless you’re making your living from it, and then not always!), but enjoyment of life and nature is. Thanks for your efforts so far, and keep enjoying your photography and cycling.

  2. A little surprised, here, that you’re not getting more comment on this.

    If you hear a faint thump or shuffling late nights, that may be me, padding through the darkened archive stacks, penlight in hand, maybe with headphones and very faint Mozart .
    Nothing is more pleasurable than to lie abed after a long day, circling back to the thoughts, projects, galleries, techniques, vintage gear reviews in forums and blogs of two, five, ten or more years ago. I must often check the impulse to add comments or questions to old posts.
    One finds things that light up the imagination for the dreams to follow and spur to richer enjoyment: I found myself disassembling and attempting repair of an old Yashica rangefinder, crossed borders into the hobbity world of the Soviet Contax and Leica genomic gulag, bought cheap copies of the works of Paul Strand, the letters of Brassai, and a musty browned survey of Sudek, all driven by plunges and wandering among the rich plenitude of the Internet past.

    It is a whole dimension that informs the hands and enriches the eye in the simple act of picking up a camera to make a picture.

    1. William, yes I must admit I too thought we would see far more discussion on this post!

      I absolutely agree, that whilst there must be vast swathes of digital detritus online that have not been seen let alone trawled through in years, there remains an undiscovered wealth of old content awaiting those willing to dig.

      We are so bombarded with the idea that brand new is best, that we forget the wonderful archives of the past.

      The other day I stumbled across an archive of thoughtful posts about cycling, and whilst dated from the mid 90s to late 2010s, most of the content is as relevant and interesting today.

      I guess this is the digital equivalent of visiting second hand book shops to rummage through hundreds of possibly entirely forgettable books, to discover a few gems that shift our outlook and reshape our lives.

      Personally I tend to prefer this mode of reading too, going through perhaps half a dozen old posts on a blog I’ve just discovered, than reading six different new posts on six different blogs. It just makes the whole experience easier to sink into, again like an favourite dog eared old book.

      Thanks as always for your stimulating comments.

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