The Times They Are A Changing

I am focusing on some new things here at Oracle.  I’ll be dedicating a lot more of my time looking into emerging technology trends and how we should be applying them to the enterprise ERP or financial management space.

So how does this effect this blog?

I’ve been blogging for many years on Intercompany, Financial Management and ERP, mixing in some general technology posts.  Now I plan to start writing about new technology trends a lot more.  I have always been interested in this, but now I have more time to get deeper into it and I find blogging about things helps me understand them better and get feedback and insight from others, so it is a win-win.  I have enjoyed all the comments on the blog and words of encouragement that people have given me in person, that has been a huge motivation to continue writing (even tho I have been posting as frequently as I would like the last few years) and respond to comments.  I hope that feedback will continue.

So now I have got this announcement out of the way, I can get started… watch this space.

How to Migrate from WordPress to Blogger

I was checking out Google Analytics on the blogger account I have had since 2004 but really not used much since. Big problem. I have very little content there and almost no traffic to analyze. WordPress don’t allow me to use Google Analytics on wordpress.com, so I can’t analyze all the wonderful activity here. This got me wondering how easy it would be to migrate my blog to blogger and the answer is as easy as 1,2,3.

1) In WordPress go to Tools Export and click on the Export button

This will give you an XML file to save to your computer in the WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR format with all your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags.  Excellent for loading to another WordPress Blog.

2) You need to convert this WXR format to something blogger can read, so got to http://wordpress2blogger.appspot.com/

Load up your WXR file and you will get a file back in blogger format.  All powered by the Google App Engine (thanks guys)

3) Go to blogger dashboard and click import, select the file you got from 2) above

One thing to be careful about is it will also pull in your draft posts from WordPress, so I recommend that you don’t check the box to publish right away, better to review and publish after the import.

So now I have all my blog posts on blogger as well as on wordpress, next problem to solve is if I could keep them synched up automatically, which I think might be a more difficult problem.