Republishing an old post is usually a way to feed the blog at the time when the blogger has no time to produce fresh content, e.g., during travels and vacations. Sometimes, it is a way to bring entire series of posts in front of new readers (I have done this with my BIO101 posts and Clock Tutorial posts, and more).
Sometimes, this is a way to bring up an old post that provides background context for a brand new post that comes right afterward. This way, readers are served two related posts in succession, instead of being asked to follow a link to get background, which is a more effective way to ensure that the readers of the new post actually read the old, background post.
But I rarely see re-posting done for another reason: editing, updating and improving old posts. Often I read an old post of mine and dislike the way I wrote it. I guess, like most chronic writers, I feel like my writing is improving over time. But I am too lazy to actually do something about it – I let the old posts linger in the archives the way they were originally written.
This week, I will try to do something more with two old posts of mine. The proximate reason is the impending Carnal Carnival. But the ultimate reason is that I want to give this idea a try – see if I can edit and improve on the old posts.
So, over the next few days, expect to see edited, updated, expanded and improved versions of these two posts:
First, Friday Weird Sex Blogging – Postscript to Pittendrigh’s Pet Project – Phototaxis, Photoperiodism and Precise Projectile Parabolas of Pilobolus on Pasture Poop. This post is already long and thorough, but it can use some editing. There was also a cool paper published in the meantime so a mention and citation are warranted. There is also a cool video now available that really should be a part of that post.
Second, How to use a Squat Toilet. This is essentially a picture, one sentence and a link. But it is one of my most frequently visited posts ever, usually from image searches for “squat toilet”. And the link provides a great entry into the topic which I should delve into in some more depth. So, this one is going to be not just mildly edited, but completely written anew.