When I start following a blog, I read what’s published from the moment we meet. To me a blogging relationship is like any other friendship. I want to know more about the person, the quirks, the interests, and all the deep, dark secrets, but I want to find out as we get to know each other. I might dip back a few posts before I subscribe just to make sure we’re compatible, but I don’t want to read back for months and months.
It’s not because it’s outdated material; it’s like any friendship. People I meet come with baggage, past experiences I know nothing about, relationships that have shaped who they are today. I’m interested in who they are now, not how they got there, and going back through old blog posts would be a bit like searching through their friends on google+ and looking up their past. It wouldn’t necessarily spoil anything, but it would be cheating.
What do you think? Do you devour old posts, or only read from the present?