From The Archives

Those of you that follow my blog at all, even from a distance will note that I frequently republish a post ‘from the archives’.  I sometimes do this because the urge to write is suppressed by a lack of content.  But most of the time, I use it as a method of testing the waters.

I started my blog back in 2012.  It has always been a mixture of commentary, poetry, opinion, humor, and random observations.  As such, those that are attracted to my site are varied and diverse.  I cannot count on most of my followers to like or even be interested in everything I write.  Like anything else, we browse what is available and pick out what we like.

When I go to my archive, I generally have a few things in mind.  First, I review the oldest posts and see how many of my current followers were around then, and of those that were around, how many chose to anoint we with their ‘like’.  It is enlightening to realize how long some of my followers have hung in there.  Like most of us, I suspect, we relish having friends, even ones we have never met, but don’t have a clue how long they have been one.  It’s not important, just kind of interesting and humbling.  It is also interesting to note how many new followers have joined me over time and now ‘like’ my re-posts. It gives me some perspective into what those that take the time to read me are now interested in.  We don’t expect the tide to come in and stay there.  Readers are no different.

Secondly, I try to select a post that didn’t do well the first time, or at least, lacked much attention.  I want to try and figure out why.  There are so many variables that it is foolhardy to write it off to just not being good enough.  So I am really testing the waters to see if anything changes.

I have also noted that some subjects are apparently of a lot more interest to me then they are to you.  Not surprising.  Not everyone is interested in the Civil War for instance. I know that, but write about it from time to time to my own peril.  By the same token, some topics that I would not expect to glean a lot of interest surprise me.  My misadventures in the ‘big kitchen’ have been much more popular then I would ever have expected.  Perhaps it is idle curiosity about “now what has he done’.  I don’t know.

But, here is my problem.  Over time, I have published most of what I have written, twice.  I have no place to go.  Oh, I may inadvertently stumble across a long abandoned post that I missed, but I doubt it.  I’ll admit there are many that I have never republished because upon a second reading, I think I could have done better.

So, I will continue on, perhaps not as prolifically, but as something taps me on the shoulder and says, “you gotta write about this”, I probably will.  We’ll see.  Stay tuned.  All suggestions gratefully accepted.


About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to From The Archives

  1. quiall says:

    I am always interested in what you have to say. Even a second time around.


  2. Sonya Kassam says:

    I love all your writing, in particular the posts of your younger days and the stories which I know will come with a twist…and your poetry…oh heck I love everything you write!


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