Wherever I lay my hat, oh oh, that?s my home

Woo Hoo, I?ve finally managed to migrate all my posts from my Blogger site and over here!
Import from Blogger to WordPress screengrab
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.

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8 Responses to Wherever I lay my hat, oh oh, that?s my home

  1. Adem says:

    I?ve just put up a post at my old blog to let people know that I?ve moved.

    Hopefully they?ll come flocking!

  2. J says:

    I?ve come flocking! Looks great! Glad you were able to find a way to get all your old posts to the new place, too.

  3. Aravis says:

    I, too, have flocked.

    Congratulations on the successful migration.

    Hm. I seem stuck on bird references.

  4. Stef says:

    Good effort!

    Do you know if there is going to be a new blogger import doodah in the future?

    I have 1,774 posts so a manual import of those not on the feed are a total no-go.

  5. Stef says:

    Oh yeah, do you know if there is an import for comments like Haloscan as well?

  6. Adem says:

    Glad you like the new blog. Hopefully I can keep it looking clean!

    J- Congrats on being the first commenter on the new blog. I am now part of the wordpress blogging cliche too!

    Aravis- I didn?t see the bird reference at first?. but I like it! Squark!

    Stef- The workaround I used of importing to my hosted account via the WordPress.com hosted option should?ve worked but for some reason the xml file wouldn?t work until I reduced the size. It could be possible to edit the xml file into smaller files (just cut out sections into new files) and then upload these smaller files seperately.

    As for haloscan, I know the RSS import plugin supports Haloscan. Just have a read. I?ll probably put up a nice tutorial at some point but email me if you need more help. Gogle is always your friend though.

  7. Aidan L says:

    Congrats on your swtich over to WordPress :-P . I really like your theme, it looks very fresh and well laid out.

    P.S. I am glad that you managed to find a way around getting your posts over to your new blog :-D .

  8. Adem says:

    Aidan ? Thanks. It was the ideal chance to start from scratch and make it the way I wanted, installing plugins, adding pages, etc that I really wanted and getting rid of the crap.


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