I really should have titled this post ‘Migrating from Blogger to WordPress’ and picked up some SEO and backlinks but I’m really quite useless at all the gibbery pokery that goes with capturing unsuspecting Google searchers with a nifty title. I could also have titled it, ‘Where did that week go?’ and at least it would have been accurate.
Enough to say that moving your beloved blog from Blogger is a tough decision. We all know WordPress is the platform of choice, but crickey, it is really a long and confusing process. I’m not going to list all the steps you need to take to accomplish this marathon as there are oodles of helpful sites already available on the Internet. Just search ‘Migrate from Blogger to WordPress’ and you’ll find 1000’s of helpful hints and useful advice on how to achieve it.
However, do not attempt this Herculean feat if you only have one lazy Sunday afternoon to spare. It takes much, much and did I say much longer? In all I can assuredly say it took me a whole week of painstaking effort to get everything working. I chose a week my wife was working overseas, which was a very good move as she would have become fed up with cursing and swearing. Luckily my Cocker Spaniel is immune to such vulgarity and was quite happy to bite my foot when it was time for a walk. This helped break my long days of code, html, redirecting, relinking and general brain numbing techie stuff.
The only piece of techie advice I’ll give you (just to save you a day or two of frustration) is to download a plugin called Blogger To WordPress Redirection Plugin. It was a life saver as it made sure EVERY post I had ever made in Blogger linked seamlessly to my imported posts in my new WordPress blog. I have no idea how it works except that it works magically.
So, was it worthwhile? I have to say a resounding yes. Ok, I’ve lost a bit of Alexa page rank, a few subscribers and a whole week of my life. But now I feel I am in control of my blog and am enjoying the plethora of options available to enhance my blogging passion.