I have noticed that some bloggers are removing the dates from their blogs. I don't think that is a good practice and I am going to tell you why. I, myself like to know when a blog post has been written. I know on my own blog it helps me find posts that I might want to re-share. Also, I want to know when I wrote that blog post. I just like the idea of remembering when I have wrote something. It's nothing like not knowing when you wrote something. It simply drives me crazy. I'm sure it drives you crazy too, when you can't remember when you wrote something as well.
This is also a question that I have seen many bloggers asking. So, I thought I would address it. When you don't post the dates on your blog it makes you look shady. It seems as if you are trying to hide something. We as bloggers don't want to give the impression that we are trying to hide something. It just doesn't make you us look good. I know one reason some bloggers give for not showing the dates on their blogs is they don't want people to feel like the information on their blogs is outdated. They figure if they don't show the dates their blog posts will be timeless. It's not true. Trust me. I can tell whether the information you have wrote is outdated even if you decide not to show the dates and other people can too. You're not hiding anything. The information online is always being updated and it doesn't take a second to find it. Besides, just because a blog post is old doesn't make it irrelevant. There are many things that never change and good advice is one of them.
Knowing the dates also gives the blogger credibility. You can see how long he or she has been blogging. It's nice to know, and it can even be encouraging for you to know especially, if you are a new blogger. You think to yourself. This blogger has been blogging for quite a while and he or she has been successful. I see no reason why I can't either. It gives you the motivation to keep going. Don't we all need that?
If people can't see the dates on your blog. They don't know if your site is active or not. No dates means I don't know if you have written that blog post in 2014 are in 2009. Who wants their blog to look inactive? If people assume it is they won't keep coming back. Thus, losing readers. It's something that we as bloggers just don't want.
Even if you hide the dates on your blog they can still be discovered. How? The comments on your blogs are still dated. They can see the the month and the year. Maybe not the exact date but you still get a pretty good idea. :)
I hope that I have convinced you of the reasons why you should keep the dates on your blog.
Are you choosing to do this? If so, why? What do you think about this practice? Let me know in the comments below.