My previous blog service provider is leaving the business, so I needed to find a new provider and migrate my old posts.
By the way, my thanks to Alan and Ceri at Blog-City, which has been a great home for the last 8 years.
It didn't take long in my evaluation of new blogging services to discover two glaring issues with migration:
- Permalinks aren't permalinks. More precisely, the new providers I was looking at wouldn't let me duplicate the old permalinks as-is because they seem to insist on a specific format. So it seems that if anyone has saved a link to one of my posts, that link will now break. I'm guessing that will include Google Search, so what, I lose my accumulated pagerank because my service provider closes their doors?
- There was no easy way to migrate my posts. All the services provide some kind of export, and re-import back into their service. Some also support migration from certain other large players - for example, it seems as if one can switch between Blogger and Wordpress in either direction. However, no-one seems willing to import the lingua franca of blog content, RSS. Probably some deliberate decision to discourage blog theft or something.
Anyway, enjoy the ramblings of a marketing oddity and legal (well, frequently) alien. Mark II.