Why are there years of archives on the site – archives that only the masochist would really wade through? Predominantly, these are more for the first-time visitor: a visitor can see that I’ve been blogging for a long time, and if they choose, they can add this into their assessment of my reputation as a blogger.
It’s also a tough habit to break. The main thing I use the archives for is to look back on how many movies I’ve seen / books I’ve read in a space of time, and often to look up something that I’ve found noteworthy in the distant past: similar to flicking through an old photo album. But I always search, I don’t use the monthly archives unless I have a time-based question to answer.
Over so many years, it becomes a good record of how long it’s been since particular milestones, and a way to be in touch with more people.
The main reason I show up in Google is for the cafe reviews in Sydney (a hobby of mine), but it’s not my aim to be a household name. One of my medium-term goals is to do more with the cafe reviews, but I have more pressing distractions.
At the moment, I’m learning New Testament Greek, and I’m blogging to keep track of what I’ve learned there – something of a snapshot of how I’m thinking at a particular time. Without blogging, I may still remember what I learned, but not how I learned it.