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That was quick

Well, this new blog has been active for less than a week and I’m already starting to get comment spam. Nice, handwritten comment spam by the look of it, too. Doesn’t take long these days, does it?

Back again!

Well, that was “fun.”

You’ll see from the archives on this site that I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, with the only real break being since last September – the reason being my old blogging system’s final mental breakdown.

Now, Gwir was a good system – a damn good system – much faster than WordPress, with a lovely Ajaxy interface so one could post and comment easily from the main page, and a Wiki-like page linkage mechanism. But the problem was interfacing it with other things: writing the code to do stuff like photoblogging, twitter integration etc. was time-consuming, and had to be re-done every time someone changed something.

And finally, last September, I ran out of time and patience. My hosting service had done things to Procmail, so my photoblogging-via-email didn’t work any more; and Twitter had switched to OAuth, which is much more secure but a complete nightmare to implement. So I stopped blogging. To be honest, I hadn’t been blogging much apart from the odd image or tweet anyway – I hadn’t really felt inclined to post much during the slow and painful decline of Broadsword Interactive.

But now, prompted by a certain Comp Sci module I’m doing in my second gasp at studenthood, I’ve gone over to WordPress. Hence the “fun.” Importing over five thousand posts from a home-brewed blogging system into WordPress is not something to be undertaken lightly, but I was damned if I was going to throw all that away.

In case you’re wondering, I used a Python script which read all the posts and comments out of the MySQL database they were stored in (well, a local copy thereof) and wrote them out as WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS,) which I then imported into the new site in chunks of 1000 posts or so.

The only really tricky part was the dire lack of WXR documentation. There were, as I predicted, a lot of test posts. But it’s done now. And I’m back.


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