Why You Should Date Your Blog Posts

By | August 31, 2012

You are doing your readers a disservice by not including the date on your blog posts.

I had a debate with a friend recently on Mack Collier’s BlogChat. He said that it was his blog and his decision whether to include dates. His point was a valid one, but it’s not good enough to me.

I have been blogging at davemadethat.com since January 2007. If somebody happens upon old content about a discontinued service or company that is out of business, they need only look at the date to understand why.

Not only are you doing your readers a disservice by not including the date, you are doing yourself one too. Including the date will reduce comments and questions in the future about why you are recommending a defunct service. Trust me, I still get some and I have the dates included.

So why exclude the date?

The first and only reason I can see is that you are not committed to blogging regularly. I take weeks off sometimes, but I have been better at keeping up with my new blog.

I asked the question on Twitter to see what your take was. Here’s what you said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?

Did we miss any reasons to blog without dates?

Thank you for your answers.

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  • http://twitter.com/DonnaPapacosta Donna Papacosta

    I abhor blog posts without dates. I want to know if the info is current. My suggestion for bloggers (including myself) who think that they have evergreen content: update the old post, refresh it and republish it with today’s date. It’s gotten to the point where I won’t even READ a post that lacks a date.

  • http://www.davedelaney.me/ Dave Delaney

    Thanks Donna. I appreciate your opinion on this.

  • http://twitter.com/LivingOneHanded Ryan Haack

    I think this is true if you’re reviewing products or talking about time-sensitive issues, but if your blog is focused on anecdotes or stories, I don’t see why a date is necessary.

  • http://www.davedelaney.me/ Dave Delaney

    Interesting Ryan. Perhaps you are right.

    I believe you would want to start your story by setting the date it takes place. This way people can put it into context.
    If it is a personal story, a blog post date may help though, because your opinion may change over the years.

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  • Lance Campeau

    In my opinion, a blog post with no date is “non-formation”, not worthy of being read. If a writer has something important to post, he or she should back it up with the smallest shred of credibility… I.E. time/date.

  • http://www.davedelaney.me/ Dave Delaney

    Thanks Lance. I understand how stressful blogging frequently can be. It’s just that if you share information that is timely, it can be a major inconvenience to your readers not to include the date.

    I appreciate the comment. Thanks.


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