Migrating from Livejournal to Blogger

My Livejournal blog has been moved to Athrist on Blogger, it was a painful process. I am still appalled at the lack of standard import/export formats and tools. Really, it should not have been this difficult to migrate a blog! I copied over all the comments (manually – urgh), but have yet to ‘fix’ the categories/tags.

Migrating from LJ to Blogger:

  • backed up Lj account with LjArchive, on Windows and exported to an XML file
  • used this WordPress.com to import the XML file (this lost the categories)
  • used Ecto on the Mac to grab all of the posts from this WordPress account (this lost the comments, and Ecto refused to grab the Lj posts, Windows Ecto just didn’t work :-\)
  • copied all the posts from this WordPress blog in Ecto, to the Blogger blog in Ecto
  • a kindly Google employee increased my API posting quota, and I published all the ‘unpublished’ Blogger blog entries from Ecto in one lump (the Blogger API limits you to 50 posts per 24 hour period)
  • manually entered the comments, using LjArchive (viewing only posts with comments is easier this way)

My LJ account will lapse to ‘free’ and only be used to follow/comment on other’s LJ blogs.


About LearnedWords
Freelance writer and language coach. Eternally curious, eternally learning. Managing multiple chronic pain illnesses.

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