What if I wiped the slate clean in the next evolution of MorganLinton.com?

Wiping the slate clean

As I get closer and closer to moving my blog from WordPress to Ghost (need to catch up, read this) I’ve been thinking about some bigger changes that might come with it. One thought that is sticking in my mind is the idea of wiping the slate clean, by which I mean, starting fresh and saying goodbye to the last fifteen years of blog posts.

To answer your first question – yes, my blog would take a pretty meaningful traffic hit if I did this, but the more I think about it, the more I’m okay with that. And here’s why.

Posts that I wrote years ago still get pretty steady consistent traffic, but the world has moved on and some of those posts aren’t just irrelevant, they aren’t even close to being aligned with my current thinking. Also, my blog has been focused on domain name investing and in this next chapter, it won’t be since I really want to see this evolve into a true personal blog vs. a blog about a specific topic.

It’s not that I don’t still love domains and domain investing, domains have changed my life and continue to. But I just don’t think I want to write about domain names every day, or even every other day. I love writing about NFTs, enjoy writing about startups and some of the changing dynamics in the VC space. I’m interested in what’s happening with Ethereum Smart Contracts and Solidity development.

Of course, I thought – for those of you who have been with me on this journey for a decade or more, you deserve a seat at the table when it comes to a move like this. One thought I had is that I could move this blog to another domain and make it an archive as I release the new MorganLinton.com.

But I’m okay if my traffic goes down a lot and builds back up, I don’t write this blog for the traffic, I write it because I discovered I have a passion for writing and this blog has allowed me to scratch that itch. So I’d be curious to know what you think? Do you ever go back and read old articles of mine? Would you care if these went away? If there was an archive, would you want access to it?

I want to hear from you – comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Ezequiel September 24, 2021, 8:26 pm

    I would not want them to dissapear. Archiving would help with that. But just adding a message to old posts would help the blog keep the traffic and redirect it towards your new goals.

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  • Samer September 24, 2021, 10:25 pm

    Sounds like a “Ghost” case-study.
    Keep us updated! ccTLDinvesting.com looks brighter on the eyes.
    i appreciate you updating us throughout.
    Samer

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  • BullS September 24, 2021, 10:33 pm

    No permission needed. Don’t doubt yourself.

    JUST DO IT!!!

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  • Doron Vermaat September 24, 2021, 11:20 pm

    Sure there’s lots of stuff in there that has changed, you have different look at now or some of it might even make you cringe. But now, No, I would not wipe it out. All those posts are part of your and the domain name industry’s history. It’s like a journal and it’s a good exercise sometimes to look back at your own ramblings some time and see how you’ve grown or changed over time. On top of that, the traffic hit would be pretty severe and many folks coming in on the old content via search will stick around for the new stories so your readership might grow a little less quick too.

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  • Samit September 25, 2021, 7:16 am

    I think you should go ahead w/ a brand new start if that’s the direction you want to take.

    But would request you to make available an archive of your old posts, maybe off the main root?

    Good luck with whatever you decide, we’ll keep reading, cheers!

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  • Braden Pollock September 25, 2021, 11:36 am

    The blog has evolved just like you have. We can’t change who we used to be so wipe delete what you used to write. You should leave the old content.

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  • Michael Law September 26, 2021, 6:02 am

    Keep the old content, don’t feel obligated to continue domain series, etc, imo. Thanks for all you share!

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  • Logan October 2, 2021, 12:51 am

    Keep all the old content on the site but, going forward, set every new blog post to self-destruct within 7 days. Make us regret not reading your new thinking in time!

    /jk

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