Hooking up AmphetaDesk to Movable Type

· Migration, Products, Syndication

Salon blogger Andrew Bayer has recently migrated his weblog from Radio to Movable Type, which lacks a built-in posting aggregrator. To remedy this, he has figured out a way to hook up Amphetadesk to MT. Very nice.
Andrew, did you have to hack AmphetaDesk or MT or both? Either way, please share what you’ve learned with the respective developers or user communities!

Scott Mace migrates to TypePad.

· Migration

In A frustrating but pivotal blogging week, Scott Mace discusses migrating his Service Provider Blog from Radio UserLand to TypePad. An outage that prevented him from posting with Radio prompted him to make the move sooner rather than later.
Scott sat in on my Seybold seminar, so I hope our discussion of the various blog and aggregator tools proved helpful in making the decision about how to proceed.
Meanwhile, he’s rethinking his approach to blogging:

I’m rediscovering how and why I blog. I used to treat my blog as a research tool for a variety of projects. I still will, but you won’t be seeing nearly so many posts. For one thing, I’m focusing more on the big picture, instead of trying to filter so much of the news.

He’s actually not bringing all his posts over to TypePad. Scott, consider using Bill Kearney’s Exporter.root tool to get your Radio posts into the MT format.

Migration update (Blogger to MT again)

· Migration

Just migrated a set of online journal entries made with Blogger in 2000 into my X-POLLEN weblog. This leaves a gap from late 2000 until January of 2002. What was I doing inbetween? Riding a dotcom all the way down, working on a novel I still haven’t finished, writing in a lot of paper journals. Maybe the occasional hiatus is normal.
Speaking of real paper journals, I passed one around tonight (last night now) at the Pie project/bloggers dinner at Hunan on Sansome in S.F., at Marc Canter’s behest. I’ll post links to the participants after I’ve slept. Plus now I have everyone’s email address, MUAHAHAHA.

Migrating from LiveJournal to Movable Type

· Migration

Having migrated a weblog (this one) from Radio to Movable Type and another from Blogger Pro to Movable Type, my next migration project has been to get my old bodega weblog migrated over from LiveJournal to Movable Type, and imported into my X-POLLEN blog.
The definitive resource for LJ to MT conversion is Amanita’s explanation. I had to install a few perl modules, which I found kind of scary, but it wasn’t all the bad, and in the end I was able to get all my LJ blog entries imported (
Memory transplants). I put all the entries in a new category called bodega, but eventually I may recategorize some, or use multiple category assignments, to integrate the new/old entries more thoroughly.
Since must of bodega predated RFB, it was my main blog outlet for about six months, and it contains a lot of entries, more than any other X-POLLEN category by far.
Next I’ll be working my back through a few other online journal attempts, some more successful than others, using Blogger, Diaryland, and a hand-rolled approach I started with in 1997. The Blogger migration will be easy. It’s only about four entries and I’ve now done several Blogger-to-MT migrations.
Diaryland may be trickier. First I’ll have to see if I can export the entries at all. Then I’ll have to massage them into MT format. Same deal with the static journal: I’ll be doing some global search-and-replace to get things formatted for import.
More progress reports as I try out each step.

Mastering your domain

· Migration

Shelley Powers has done some thinking about how to make it possible for all webloggers to publish to domains they control, and has come up with some principles:

  1. Hosted services support domain pointers. If your service can support something like yourweblog.blogspot.com (or yourweblog.typepad.com), it can support a unique domain name for the weblog…
  2. Hosted services and all weblog tools support the same permalink format, or allow the person to set the permalink format….
  3. Keep a backup of your weblog entries. All weblogging tools, hosted or not, should provide a backup mechanism….

Shelley has a corollary for Robb’s Law:

No one service, no one government or organization, and especially no one person should have the power to arbitrarily make another person’s writing, weblog or otherwise, disappear.

Now that ups the polemic a notch. I don’t know if that’s a law so much as an ethic, a principle, a – whatever one item in a manifesto would be called – manifestocule?
Plus, I’d tighten it up to “No one organization, and especially no one person, should arbitrarily make another person’s writing disappear.”
Frankly, a law about what power people should have would be less useful than a law about what people should not do, regardless of whether they have attained the power to do it. You can’t file off all the toggles or tie up people’s hands.
I hereby label Shelley’s corollary Powers’ Corollary, or Powers’ Corollary to Robbs Law of Weblog Hosting in full.