Skyr ice cream, peanut blueberry mousse, lemon thyme marshmallows, wild blueberries. #tasteoficeland @icelandnatural (at Coohills)
After a bunch of thought about where I wanted to host my personal blog (which I’ve been neglecting) I decided to go cheap, fast and dirty. So, despite the fact that many people hold Tumblr in the same esteem as a smelly homeless person who coughs on them on the street, I’m using Tumblr.
Why move from a WordPress blog to Tumblr? First, I really hate all of the WordPress blogging software for iOS. All of the apps work differently, and none of them really work with my workflow. Second, I’m tired of having to update the blog on a regular basis. It seems like every time I log into the WordPress dashboard there are a handful of updates I need to run. Yes, that’s usually just a click or two to complete, but I’m tired of it.
Yeah, I know that Yahoo bought Tumblr, and that’s supposed to be a bad thing. But if Yahoo decides it can’t make money with Tumblr and has to shut it down, I’m pretty sure that I can get my data outta there.
I was able to move all of my old Daily Steve posts from Squarespace to a self-hosted WordPress blog a while back; now I moved the Wordpress blog to Tumblr thanks to a wonderful service called Import2. Sure, there were some free methods of doing the transfer using a Python script and an exported XML file, but I couldn’t get ‘em to work.
Import2 moves 10 of your WordPress posts for free; for the remainder, there’s a very reasonable charge — $12 for up to a hundred posts (including photos), $24 for up to 250 posts (and they move media through Dropbox), and $36 for a “pro” account that includes up to 1000 posts.
I was frankly quite surprised with how well it all worked. All of my “regular” posts — those that were text-only or that had just one or two photos in them — came over flawlessly. Other posts with embedded YouTube videos worked well. The only issue seemed to come with a handful of posts that had some other odd embeds in them — and as far as I’m concerned I really didn’t need that info anyway.
So, well done, Import2! Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get rid of the update hell of WordPress and just blog.