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I can’t believe we’re still doing that

This blog has a thingy where you can display posts by month written. So do lots of other blogs.

Who the hell needs that? Has anyone used that, ever, on any blog? Why would you need to see my old posts from any particular month?

It’s there because the first blog software had it. So we use it. Out of habit.

I guarantee that your business is full of random crap that you only do because you always did it.

Clean house. Clarify. Declutter. Simplify.

Your customers will buy more if you stop distracting them. You’ll work less if you stop doing things you don’t need to do any more.

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Comments

  1. Samuel Parent November 6, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Thanks, you’re totally right, I just switched to categories instead of months…

  2. Julie Gomoll November 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    When I find a new blog I like, I’ll frequently use the archive links to get a better general feel for what they write about and the frequency of their posts.

    Monthly archives aren’t critical, and they certainly shouldn’t occupy prime real estate, but a spot at the very bottom of a sidebar doesn’t hurt, and is useful for some folks.

  3. Gail Gardner November 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    That is the first thing I ask to have disabled on every blog I have ever touched or consulted on. You’re right – who remembers what month the post they want to find is in.

    What we need is a search box and on some blogs categories and even sub-categories – so we can find what we want quickly. Categories are far better for getting a feel for a new blog than archives by month. If you want archives the way they’re done in this blog is fine.

    That is NOT the most important advice in this post though. This is: SIMPLIFY. Eliminate most of the busy work. Stop wasting time tracking everyone and everything and you can do 2-3 times more actual work that generates results.

  4. Linda Perlstein November 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I use it to fill out my time sheet.

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