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Edit where edit is due

This week I wrote a post about tempo runs as I was enthused by that training method and the benefits I got from it. I thought I may have written about tempo runs before so not wanting to churn out old stock, well before pen met paper (or rather, fingerprint met microscopically thin laptop keyboard), I searched my site for any other posts where I’d talked about tempo running. One that came back was music of the moocher. I read it through and while tempo runs are only briefly referenced, I spotted this sentence about halfway down:

But just as some people run barefoot, I found that I wasn’t allowed to wear headphones in my first race…


The paragraph references the previous one about the importance of running shoes but on the re-read it’s just… clumsy. What is the link between running barefoot and wearing headphones in a race? Do people really turn up to races without running shoes? Is barefoot running really against the rules?

So the question is: are blog posts a moment in time, frozen in carbonite. Or should we go back and hoover up the crumbs once in a while? I don’t believe in making fundamental changes to a post that will end up changing the context, tone, or anything dramatic. However, I will change an obvious typo if I spot it: the boy scout method of leaving things better than how you found them.

But reviewing and editing old posts for errors similar to the one above is going to be time consuming. Can we just accept that at some point there was a relevant matter about running barefoot (albeit only in my head), or does this whole post need removing from the internet until it’s corrected (perhaps with a formal handwritten apology to anyone unfortunate enough to have read it?). 

I’m interested in what other bloggers do with their archives, or whether I’m overthinking it. Now that I’ve referenced the issue in the other post I can’t change it anyway or this post then becomes invalid, creating a blogger’s paradox. Perhaps that’s my answer, write a new post drawing maximum attention to any problem and leave the original post intact. I’m sure that approach isn’t too time consuming…!

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