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.
@davedelaney To avoid the perception that the content is dated? If it’s evergreen, someone may read it years later.
— Erik Fisher (@ErikJFisher) August 31, 2012
— Micah Smith (@MrsMicahSmith) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney don’t have to update as often as new readers won’t know when you lasted posted?
— Laurie Westphal (@GTConsultant) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney If content is timeless then no date needed but if content is date sensitive then add the date.
— by Jeffery Johnson (@PhotoCaptures) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney I’ve seen it done so readers don’t automatically assume a post from two years ago is no longer relevant. Everything’s evergreen
— Joey Strawn (@joey_strawn) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney That way you can re-link to something old, but it seems new to newer readers (as long as it’s not time sensitive).
— Ryan Haack (@LivingOneHanded) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney While I don’t do it, I think some do because they feel their info is “timeless” and it’s easier to reshare months down the road
— Liz Jostes (@LizJostes) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney keeps content more evergreen and allows you to share stuff down the road without it seeming ‘old’
— John Michael Morgan (@johnmorgan) August 31, 2012
@davedelaney I try to just say “from the archives” and date it. Otherwise it can be a disappointment; often I’ve already read the post.
— Jim Woods (@unknownjim) August 31, 2012
What do you think?
Did we miss any reasons to blog without dates?
Thank you for your answers.