I am attempting to move this site from Blogger to WordPress. And here is my own convoluted story about why I’ve decided to make the move.
I wanted to self host my blogs. So I thought I would just use Blogger’s features to do that. They allow you to use your own domain with a flick of the ftp button. I also wanted categories and tags badly. Pre-beta, Blogger did not have that capability. So pre-beta, I managed to make a blogger hack work. The very next day, Blogger went beta and I converted my account to the new Blogger. And what do you know? They have categories, tags and other goodies. I felt optimistic. Then the axe fell when I discovered that of course, their categories feature had to use a database and of course, that meant if I wanted to self host, I couldn’t use the dynamic features of Blogger Beta which depended on their database. That was because last I heard you cannot take Blogger’s database with you if you plan to host your own Blogger sites. I was back at square one. It was then I decided to bite the bullet and go WordPress. Apparently, WordPress gives you everything and the kitchen sink care of PHP, MySQL, plugins and other programmatic extensions.
In summary, here are my reasons for doing this:
- Blogger had no categories (though Blogger Beta does, I wouldn’t be able to self host if I used their new “labels” features). Hence, my blogs have no categories. I have no tags. Without tags, I feel like a second class citizen in the blogosphere.
- Fellow bloggers gave me some advice and told me so
- Some articles insisted that I do so.
- Better now than later (less content to import)
- I want my own domain
Happily, WordPress installed itself easily on my server. Not so happily, the import facility refused to work between Blogger and WordPress. Why?? You got it… Whatever interface there was between the WordPress importer and Blogger got screwed up with Blogger Beta. So either I do the import manually or wait till a nice WP guru comes along to rewrite the import functions. I have decided that for now, I will just play around with the WordPress framework and work on my skins. I’m buying time for the WordPress importer to get back into business. I’m crossing my fingers I won’t have to do copy and paste transfers! All this means that I have no idea when my blogs will end up in WordPress. But I sure hope it happens in this century.
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