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Why Do I Write about Old Things?

Victorian CouchOk, my kids would answer that question differently than you or I might. The reason why I write about old things is because some people want information on old things. I’m learning not to pre-judge my audience. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

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I recently wrote an article about computer speakers that I purchased 4 years ago. I wrote about them because I owned them for quite some time and am intimately familiar with them. Yes, they are old, but guess what? Some people want information on those very same old speakers.

I wrote an article on even older pieces of technology and was very surprised at the amount of people looking for information on those relics. What I’m getting at here is not to encourage you to pull out your old Sega and start writing about it. What I’m saying is not to pre-judge your audience.

Our society glorifies newer, faster and better. Everyone wants to read about the latest and greatest in fashion, technology, cars, food and more. The latest fad is just that, a fad. They come and then they go. Some fads hang around longer than others, but eventually they go.

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Sites like eBay and Craigslist wouldn’t be so popular if it weren’t for an interest in old things. Words like antique, retro or classic wouldn’t exist if only the new mattered. Someone looking to purchase old USB speakers on eBay would be happy to come across my article reviewing those very same old speakers.

Too many of us get intimidated at the new, the fast and the popular. Why write about an old BlackBerry when iPhones are all the rage? Why talk about shaking fresh raw heavy cream in a mason jar to make butter when there are so many new and shiny gadgets to make butter. Why write about victory gardens, vinyl records or using wax/mink oil to polish shoes? Because there’s an audience for it and if you know the topic well, why not tap into that audience.

We all have a few relics sitting around (I’m not talking about your significant other). Why not write about them and see where it leads. Let’s face it; you won’t have to do a whole lot of research. Write it up, stick it on your blog (or site) and monitor the traffic over time. It is my belief you’ll be surprised at the amount of attention these old relics garner.

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  • Crystal January 8, 2014, 10:24 am

    Great idea, Felicia, beings most everything I have is old! This post brings two things to mind:

    1) I got just three articles published during the small window when eHow was transitioning and allowed author-generated titles for revenue share. All were about the Cruz ereader, which is certainly ‘old’ now, but those articles consistently generate a little money so somebody must need the info.

    2) Last fall when my SIL was clearing 100-year-old barbed wire from the trees around our place, she noticed that folks were buying it on Etsy. (As you may know, the Etsy marketplace is specific for handmade, vintage and/or craft supplies.) So she opened RoughAndRustic and has actually sold some rusty barbed wire! Her biggest seller has been rusty bed springs, however, which we also had laying around.

    We have decades of accumulated ‘treasures’ because most everything can be repurposed. For example, when you read Impossible Beyond This Point, you’ll see that parts borrowed from the Roto-Hoe my FIL brought up from L.A. in 1967 were used over the years to make a sorghum press, a wheat grinder, a tongue and groove machine for making flooring and many other projects. With a little ingenuity, it’s amazing what you can make from what you already have!

    • Felicia January 9, 2014, 9:08 am

      I just ordered my copy of the book. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Crystal January 9, 2014, 11:12 am

    Thanks, Felicia – I know you’ll enjoy it! After you read it, please leave a review on Amazon.

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