Woo Hoo, I?ve finally managed to migrate all my posts from my Blogger site and over here!
All was not plain sailing though as unlike on the WordPress.com hosted blogs, self-hosted WordPress.org blogs still do not currently import from New Blogger (formerly beta) and so a work-around had to be found.
I found 2 different ways after scouring search engines and forums, and the one that seemed to offer the easiest and complete option was to sign-up for a WordPress.com account, create a blog, and migrate over to their using the importer. Then create an XML file from there containing all the posts etc and using the import feature on my WordPress.com account. A long-winded way to do it but apparently it would work.
The XML file I had was 2.3MB, and for some reason the importer wasn?t doing it?s job and I think it had something to do with the amount of posts. Very annoying.
The second option was a plugin from here which imported all the information from the RSS feed provided by Blogger, capturing the posts and comments, but the downfall of this one was that the RSS feed only contains 500 posts which may be fine for some but not for 3 years worth of posts!
In the end I used the RSS plugin for 500 posts and thought that I may have to manually import the 47 other posts. The RSS import worked but I was missing the 47 posts at the beginning of my blog dating from May to September 2004. I thought I?d try the XML file again and edited it with Wordpad to reduce the size leaving only those 47 posts. I imported these and ?woo hoo!? it worked.
The import also kept all my categories from Blogger, but the thing is that I want to drastically reduce the categories and so will manually go through my posts and recategorise them. It will take some time but will be good in the long run and none of my posts from before Blogger Beta have tags so it?ll be good to add them too.