Today I’m grateful for The Internet Archive.
Unless you’re a web geek like me chances are you’ve never heard of it.Archive.org is a non-profit organization that collects, categorizes, and offers free music, books, movies, and more – kind of like the world’s largest online library.
Archive.org is a non-profit organization that collects, categorizes, and offers free music, books, movies, and more – kind of like the world’s largest online library.
They also have a tool called The Wayback Machine that makes copies of websites over time. So you can take a look at Amazon.com back in 1999 long before Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world.
While it can fun and nostalgic to look at old versions of popular websites, I’m grateful because I can recover old articles that I published 10 years ago when I first started trying to blog and make money online.
I posted about entrepreneurship and personal growth, but I didn’t stick with it long. I convinced myself that because my business wasn’t making money and because I didn’t have my shit together in general, that I shouldn’t be blogging about business and personal growth.
So I moved on.
In 2011 I nearly gave up on my dream of making money online when I was forced to get a job so we could afford diapers for our newborn twins (shout out to Sams Club baby!).
I landed a job doing online marketing for a local performance automotive parts company. And after years of not touching this blog, I decided to delete it all.
I was afraid that my boss and co-workers would read my half-assed attempt at a blog and judge me harshly.
“If you know so much about online marketing and entrepreneurship, why are here?”, I imagined them thinking.
Now that I’ve had success with online business and left the 9 to 5 world far behind, I don’t worry as much about people think.
I shouldn’t have worried about it back then.
Now that I’ve made a commitment to writing more I decided to pull up my old site on the Wayback Machine and read my articles. Just like reading old journal entries, it’s nice to be able to look back and get a sense of perspective.
So I’ve decided to restore and revise those articles. Not only because my perspective on things has changed over the past 10 years, but also because the topics I wrote about could possibly help and motivate others.
For example, my article about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur used to get a lot of traffic. There were even college professors linking to the article in their homework assignments. That felt good.
On the other hand, my article offering tips for finding happiness is way too basic, and in some ways naive. My plans are to take articles like that and rewrite/expand them to more thoroughly cover the topic.
For now, it’s time to get busy adding the original articles back.