The Blog Recycle Station

I had this great idea, and it was all because of a post by blogger buddy Karen Amanda Hooper, which you can view here.  Although the content of her post was awesome, it was the reason why she ran that particular blog entry that intrigued me.  You see, Karen was having a busy time last week and didn’t have time to write an original article, so she re-posted an old blog entry instead.  It was a great piece of writing that she originally posted a year ago, long before I’d found her blog.  That got me thinking.  All of us have probably missed out on some great blog entries because they were posted before we became followers, or they hit the blogosphere during a hectic time in our own schedules.  On the flip side, there’s also some great material we’ve all written buried deep in our archives that our most recent followers have never seen.  Let’s face it, who has time to comb through old blog entries in search of interesting material?

DL to the rescue!  Here’s my idea...each of us needs to remember back to some of your favorite blog topics you’ve posted.  It can be instructional, inspirational, informative, humorous, or off the wall.  Doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that you really care about it and you’d like to put it out there for everybody to enjoy again.  Pick one of those old blog postings and paste the link to it in the comment you leave here today.  Easy peasy.  Now it lives again, and what’s even cooler is that if everyone participates my comment section will become sort of a blog mix tape, chock full of our favorites.  How awesome would that be?!

For the less technical out there, here’s how you go about leaving the link.  First, find the blog you want to link and double click on it to bring it to the main page.  Now copy the address from the address bar near the top of the screen.  In the comment you leave here, paste in that address.  As an example, I’m going to paste the link to Karen’s blog entry.


Now type    <a href="    before the address, and    ">Link</a>    after.

What will appear in your finished comment, once its published, will just be Link.  Of course, if you wanted to preface it with some background information or a little blurb, that’s just fine too.  If anybody needs help making this work, just give me a holler and I’ll walk you through it.

Sound like a plan?  I’m pumped to see what you guys post.  What amazing gems do you have hidden in those archives? 

48 comments

  1. I thought I'd start things out by posting one of my own favorites. This is from January of this year and it seemed to strike a chord with a lot of readers. Enjoy....AGAIN.

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  2. This is a great idea! I'm unsure what I'd choose of mine since I'm such a newbie blogger, I don't have the archive that a lot of others have. I'll think on it, but will be coming back to check out the other links!

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  3. This is FANTASTIC IDEA!!! Here's an oldie (sort of) but goodie:

    http://themisadventuresincandyland.blogspot.com/2010/05/see-my-insides-its-called-blog-fest.html

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  5. This one's not particularly deep or anything, but it's something that I myself need to be continually reminded of about being proud of what we read and write:

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  6. that's a genius idea - but i'm already planning on recycling a few of mine when i'm going to be away from the interwebs for 2 weeks in august

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  7. This looks like fun!

    Here's one of my favorite posts about heroines:

    http://steppingintofantasy.blogspot.com/search/label/heroines

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  8. Is it weird that my most favorite post is also my most recent one? See, I just get better with age :) But it's still from my archives, so it totally counts. It was just a random funny post:

    What Your Friends and Family Hear When You Say "I'm Writing a Book"

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  9. Bah, Blogger isn't accepting the code for me right now. Don't know why. So here's the link and you can copy and paste:

    http://www.tianasmith.com/2010/07/what-your-friends-and-family-hear-when.html

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  10. Hey DL! As you know I'm on blogging hiatus (and miss everyone SOOOO much), but it just so happens that I was looking through my archives today (reminicsing) and so this great idea of yours comes at a perfect time!

    Here's one of my favorite posts I wrote about Romance vs. Reality. It's short, funny and poses some pretty good questions. Later Tater!

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  11. DL, this sounds like a great idea but I don't remember what I wrote last week, much less last year. :) I'll leave the linking to you guys with better memories ... and enjoy what you post!

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  12. Currently, I'm most proud of the one I wrote Friday... and it might seem a little silly to "recycle" it already, but it involves monkeys and aliens! :)

    So here's "Of Monkeys and Men." Enjoy!

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  13. Shoot... Forgot to say:

    DL, this was a great idea. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else picks and reading some fun posts. :)

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  14. Can't remember what was on my mind that a.m., but what came out was an unexpected 2001 reflection~

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  15. I have not been blogging long enough to have old posts yet. I guess when I hit my year mark I can join in. Can't wait to see some oldie's but goodies

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  16. Fun idea DL!

    I hadn't been blogging long when I wrote this one on Star Trek & Agatha Christie :)

    (Hope I do this correctly...)

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  17. First, hi DL!!! It's so great to be back, visiting your blog. I missed you!

    Second, what a cool idea! I can't wait to look through the other links here. To add to your "mixed tape" of blogs (LOVE that!), here's an old post from the first week of my blog. It was a special moment that I surely would have forgotten had I not written about it. Ah, that power of the written word!

    http://nicoleducleroir.blogspot.com/2010/01/kindness.html

    Thanks for this awesome idea!

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  19. Here's my very first post, which only one person commented on.

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  20. Thanks for the instruction on how to leave a link in the comments. I've always wondered how to do that. This isn't an earth shattering post or anything, but it's one of my favorites, so I'm giving your instructions a try:

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  21. Neat idea DL. Lets see if I can follow directions:

    http://donnahole.blogspot.com/2010/02/paper-fetish.html


    apparently not. This is the msg I got:
    Your HTML cannot be accepted: Closing tag has no matching opening tag: A

    The address is there for Paper Fetish though. It'll be fun to check out all the other recycled posts too.

    .....dhole

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  22. I sure like this idea. You're right, new fans don't always read old material. Here is my favorite:

    http://heidiinwisconsin.blogspot.com/2009/08/its-all-about-pelvis-baby.html

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  23. I love, LOVE your 'mixed tape' analogy. :)

    Hmmm, I'll have to put some thought into this...first, I don't have any posts that I'm particularly proud of. You know I just slap stuff up. Second, are you asking me to do HTML???? Have you lost your freaking mind? Have you met me? I'm pitiful. Lame. A lost cause.

    Awesome idea you have here, though! You clever rabbit.

    Love,
    Lola

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  26. WWWHAAAAT? I was looking through old comments today and saw something and thought, wonder how DL is doin'. So I stopped over randomly.

    And there's a post mentioning me!!! :)

    How cool is that to start off my Friday?

    Thanks for the shout out. I love the old mixed tape idea! Gonna go check out everyone's favs right now.

    Thanks, stud. You rock!

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  28. Okay, this is just weird, because I was thinking the same thing - I've got lost of old posts that no one has ever read because I hadn't discovered yet that you have get out there and read and comment on other people's posts (duh) to get people to read yours.

    So I went over my old posts, and actually sighed with relief that no one had read them (can we say way TOO self-focused, those oldies?) But I did find one that I wanted to expand on. Thanks for the opportunity to share! I need to stop by your blog more often!

    Lucid dreaming and writing

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  29. I am fairly new to Blogger, but my heart was in this particular post...

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    What a cool idea DL!!!! And what a great idea to get to know more folks.

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  30. This was an early one and a favorite.

    Ode to the Em Dash

    Great idea!

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  31. Hi..nice to meet you and thanks for the follow. I think I may be your first follower from India.

    This is a lovely idea and I decided to participate. Though my blog is just four months old, my first post is special to me for several reasons. Here is the link to my first blog

    http://rachnachhabria.blogspot.com/2010/03/bonding-with-literary-character.html

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  32. Good idea! I need to think about it a little bit but love the idea of being "green" and recycling blog posts!

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  33. Rachna ~ Welcome aboard and thanks for the link to an excellent post! You are actually my second follower from India, but the more the merrier!! :)

    Julie ~ Can't wait to see what you link to.

    Everybody ~ This has far exceeded my expectations. The links here are phenomenal!! Tell all of your friends to come add theirs as well.

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  34. This is fun! I'm not sure of a fancy way to do this, so here goes:

    http://juliemusil.blogspot.com/2010/04/switching-brain-channels-push-ups-and.html

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  35. So this particular blog of mine isn't that old but here is a post I really loved that didn't get a single comment when I posted it in May when the blog was brand new.

    What a great idea, hope you enjoy. It was a tough choice, I almost went with a humorous post from around the same time but I had to go with this one in the end.

    Thanks for the great idea!
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    bru

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  37. Not sure why but my link is not working. :}

    I am English Leave Me Alone was a post triggered by a rude email I received.

    http://www.glynissmy.com/2010/04/i-am-englishleave-me-alone.html

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  38. Julie ~ Loved it! Excellent choice.

    Glynis ~ The link worked just fine for me. A great demonstration of both the good and bad of blogging.

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  40. Oh, what do I post?

    Here are two old favorite of mine from back in the day...i.e. nine months ago.

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    and

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    Michele

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  41. Japanese drinks:

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    Phew, I think it's finally working for me. :]

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  42. Okay, I finally picked one that bests represents me - http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/2010/07/world-of-thanks.html

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  44. This is a link to the first part of the first chapter of my work-in-progress, Hollowpoint.

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    I hope you enjoy it.

    Charles Forgues
    http://charlesforgues.blogspot.com/

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  45. People seemed to really enjoy this interview with my main character, and seeing people enjoy it made me happy! http://tedacross.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-with-lord-midas-welby.html

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