There seems to be a new trend in the online world and that is not including dates on blog posts.
I HATE IT! What the hell is up with this?
I’m not against reading old blog posts, but I like to be aware of how old they are. This is especially true if I’m reading any information that might be time sensitive. Was this posted last week or last year?
I’ll still read old posts now and then, but I want to be aware of the date so I can decide for myself if I still think it’s worth reading or not. Please don’t try to make that decision for me.
Where did this trend of hiding dates come from?
I feel like SOMEONE started this and everyone decided to follow in their footsteps. I assume the line of thinking is that bloggers don’t want readers to see an old date and immediately click out of the post because “it’s old”. But honestly, I find that I’m less likely to read a post if I have no indicator of when it was published. Not seeing that date really annoys me!
Let your readers decide!
I get the line of thinking here, I really do. But I think this is a decision we should leave up to our readers. They should be able to look at the post title AND the date and decide if it’s still something they want to read or not.
Plus, there are some topics that are time sensitive and seeing the date is a good indicator of if they’re still relevant. For example, I don’t really want to read a post about SEO that was published in 2011. SEO is something that’s constantly changing very quickly, and something from 2011 is more likely to be outdated.