As a rule once I post something on my blog, it stays there. Sometimes I will notice a glaring spelling error, or have a link error pointed out to me and go in to the post and change it (though more often than not I leave spelling mistakes). But the post itself remains.
In over 280 posts in fact I have only removed two, having had second thoughts.
The first was a post about an online forum which showed the forum in a negative light. I honestly didn't realise how many people would read it, and it skipped its way to the top of my most read posts lists within about three days. It was when I received emails asking to quote from it (yep, some people do ask for permission) that I deleted it. It was something I had written in anger, and whereas I still agree with a fair amount of what I said, the feedback I got - both in agreement and disagreement with me - disturbed me. So I took it down. Which is why on the right side of this blog you see the top ten most popular posts only in fact list nine posts. It was too easy to find, and I didn't want people using it as a stick to beat others with.
Should I have been that bothered?
The other post was last week. I had ranted in one post about three or four topics, including Julian Assange. I was arguing that, whatever you may think of him, the calls to storm the Ecuadorian embassy were wrong. Diplomatic immunity of embassies shouldn't be threatened, otherwise there would be precedent set for all kinds of misbehaviour and threats to sovereignty.
I was astounded to receive a quite vicious email and a comment from someone accusing me of being a rape apologist. I am anything but. My post was misunderstood, possibly deliberately misconstrued, and I pulled it without re-reading it on the spur of the moment. I regret doing that now. Just because one person misread what I was trying to say, and was mean about it, doesn't mean I should have taken what I wrote down. I was having an over-sensitive moment, perhaps.
I'm curious about what other bloggers do. Once you blog do you leave your post there come what may? Or have you ever had second thoughts and taken something down? What would encourage you to remove a post you have written?