May be Moving Here

I keep on thinking about moving my main blog here. Now that WordPress.com supports domain mapping I could point changingway.net to this blog and be up and running again (although there are of course issues of exporting and importing data).

My current host is weblogs.us, which is currently crippled by spam. Hence andwat.weblogs.us, to which changingway currently points, hasn’t been available for a few days now. JD Hodges, founder of weblogs.us, is handling the situation with his usual grace, but it’s tough.

Importing From Blogger to WordPress.com

When I switched from Blogger to WordPress, I did not import the content of my old blog, Blogging on the Free Web (BFW, from this point on). Since Blogger/Blogspot is free, I decided to leave the old content there. I didn’t take much more than a cursory glance at the guides to migrating from Blogger to WordPress.

I recently noticed on the dashboard of my WordPress.com blog that there’s an Import option. A little further investigation showed that it does indeed import from Blogger to WordPress.com.

So I created a new BFW at WordPress.com, went to Import, and pointed it at the existing BFW at Blogger. A few minutes later, the posts and comments were in the new blog. It didn’t import the template, and hence didn’t import the sidebar, but that’s fine.

At a cursory glance, the content had been imported cleanly. At a slightly less cursory glance, flickr-y posts such as this one are a little messed up. I’ll leave both BFWs around for the forseeable future as an example of an import from Blogger.

All in all, though, well done to the WordPress.com folks on the import tool. I’m not sure how available it is to other WordPress and WPMU sites.

Good Review of WP.com

Emily’s review of WordPress.com is “good” in two senses. It’s favorable, and it’s a good piece of reviewing: well-written, thoughtful, and helpful.

So what you get is a blogging platform that is VERY easy to use, and very slick, but rather limiting for expert bloggers.

Emily is a TypePadder, rather than a WordPress loyalist, so her positive review of WordPress carries more weight than would a similar review from, say, me.

Unlocked: Flock and…

I’m blogging this from Flock, having recently recived my invitation. Matt points out that if you have Flock, you have an implicit WordPress.com invite. I would trackback from this post to his, and put this post in the WordPress.com category, but I don’t think that the Flock post editor lets me do that.

Update, from the WordPress post editor. The good news is that the post did end up in the category I intended, probably because it is the default category.

The bad news is that I had trouble getting to the post editor, or indeed to any part of site admin, for this blog. There seems to be a redirect from the admin area to ringoo dot com, a site I had not previously been aware of. This seems to have started right after I used Flock to post to this blog. It could be a coincidence…