I started blogging in November of 2007. I think this is my fourth URL (this fickleness doesn't lend itself to long-term readers), but when I moved over here last year I brought all my archives with me and thus it's as if I've been blogging here for four years and change.
Occasionally I feel self-conscious about that, like maybe somebody will go back and read a post from 2008 in which I was trying (and probably failing) to be all philosophical and they'll assume that my current views on the topic are accurately summarized in that post. This is particularly true when I think about the time I had two blogs, a personal one and a philosophical one. I tried too hard to be philosophical a lot of the time just for the sake of posting and thus put out into the ether a lot of half-baked ideas. And I never followed up on them because at that point in my life I wasn't blogging much at all. (I'm not good at compartmentalization. It might not seem like I blog a lot now, but at least now blogging isn't a total chore wherein I have to be philosophical even when I don't feel like it.) Someday I do want to follow up on those posts, but in the meantime they're still there all un-followed-up-on.
I wonder how other bloggers handle this. I've seen some blogs that cull their archives periodically, presumably so only the best and most well-thought-out posts remain. I've seen people who only have a year or two of archives on their blog. (I assume that they save their old posts for themselves, but maybe not everybody is a digital packrack like me.)
And then I realize that it's probably the height of vanity to think that anybody even reads my archives, and I get off the computer and go do dishes.