The importance of an archive?

Stacks of books in front of stacks of newspapers

With the speed of social media, is there a need for an archive? To get eyeballs, it’s all about getting people to tweet, pin, tumble, and stumble your work in a matter of a day or even just in hours. You can’t even access your tweets older than a year.

I come from the days back in the early ’00s when your blog content got better Google rankings the longer it was online. You got rewarded for having an archive available online. Of course, that’s ten years ago. Now, everything is rightfully centered around social and real people.

But does everything have to be in the moment?

What about archives? Facebook’s “remember when” timeline feature can remind us of our past. (Even though this feature can creep people out, because some people want certain things to remain in the past.)

There is value in having an archive of your writing instead of skittering to and fro. Forgetting our past gives us no place in the present.

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