Nobody wants to redirect these pages to the blog because it's "bad for seo"." But from what I've read, redirects aren't bad unless done improperly. (link removed)
I'm not knowledgeable about redirects (reading up on it as much as I can now), but my understanding is, if we redirect the page, the URL stays the same and it won't hurt our traffic in search that much.
We don't redirect, copy and paste the content into a blog, optimize, and just HOPE it outranks the older pages. And if it does, we'll "figure out" what to do with the old pages.
For the SEO aficionados out there, please provide some input! Thanks!