As announced on the old blog, I am now self-hosting my blog on the domain and webspace of my corporation which recently have become my own. Wish I had done this sooner, as it costed me blood, sweat and tears to get everything imported. IntenseDebate sadly does not currently have any support to relocate comments from Blogspot in an easy way, as it cannot sync the classic comments with its own like WordPress can. I found a plugin that helped for the most part, but it needed editing as it choked on the xml export being password protected with cookies. While that was simply solved by uploading the export myself and reading from that I still had to do manual imports for all comments belonging to posts containing characters such as quotes as in xml you use their html equivalents to represent them. Ergh, sorry for all the technobabble, but had to mention that for future reference and perhaps it might help bloggers in a similar situation.
On to the positive stuff though, all blog posts and comments made through the old blogger system were easily imported. I did choose to upload all used images again to the new blog to avoid extra calls to Picasa which powers the Blogspot image functionality. Page Speed matters after all. More of these optimizations and some SEO stuff coming soon to provide an optimal reader experience. What can I say, I love to tinker with my blog.
Other than the old stuff there are some new things as well. Twitter integration via Twitter Tools in the sidebar for example, so you can see what I am up to in the Tweetfleet. And YARPP powering the related posts. I’ve also decided on a simple but powerful system for the categories and tags: Categories will simply mark a post as in character, out of character or fiction. Tags will give extra information, for example if an in character post is publicly viewable, or if an out of character post belongs to the blog banter. Have also added a few pages in the sidebar which carry this and additional information. So you might want to check here once in a while for updated to that if you are used to reading the blog through an RSS reader exclusively. If anything major a blog post will likely elaborate on them, but I make no promises.
I am still working on getting the tags and categories to display in the RSS feed. Ideally I’d like the extra footer that displays in single post view to be visible in RSS also. Found no plugin for this, and am under the impression this used to be standard for WordPress but was removed, so I think I will have to resort to some code editing to make it work.
Finally for those using RSS to subscribe to the old blog, I’ve taken the liberty of replacing the blogspot feed by the feedburner feed for this blog, so you should be seeing this as the newest post. Google Reader does also show me all old posts again as new updates, if that is the case for you too then apologies for the spam. I simply wanted to minimize reader loss through relocation
That said, please leave a comment with what you like or dislike about this new incarnation of Diary of a Pod Pilot.