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Monday, January 09, 2012

Recycling Articles

How do you feel about recycled articles? Have you ever dusted off a 3-year old article, edited, and slapped a new title on it? Most of us authors have done that for various reasons--either we were strained with a lack of time or the advice seemed timeless and there was no significant need to re-invent the wheel.

It isn't something I would recommend getting into the habit of doing for obvious reasons. People will start to notice, your content will lose relevance, and eventually, you'll run out of material to recycle. It doesn't challenge the creative juices itching to be tested inside us. We always need to grow and develop to the next level.

However, there are times when it is perfectly appropriate. I think it's okay if the information is relevant to what you want to say and it isn't something you've recently used. There is nothing wrong with enhancing an article. Sometimes you can take an old published draft and literally use it as a first draft. This means you're writing and your ideas have grown. The new version of that article will be the next level of quality. In this case, you can be sure you aren't cheating your readers. 

What are your thoughts on recycling articles?