Saturday, 9 May 2009

Why-o-why is this so difficult!

This is really getting my goat today – I’ve been looking around for a week now for some way of sucking out the content of my old blog (community server 2.1, self hosted) and spitting it out into my new host ( I want to take across all of the content, including attachments, images, posting dates and tags etc, but there is nothing out there that seems to do a particularly adequate job!

Blogging has been around for a while now, and regardless of the type of host we use, blog articles are largely all the same – they have a title, some rich text, inline images, tags, attachments and a publishing date time. How hard can it be to come up with a canonical format to easily move this content into and out of different hosts and have all the hosts support that standard.

Hard is all I can assume as it’s not been done in the years that blogging has been around, with the exception of half hearted attempts at standardisation like with BlogML, which doesn’t deliver on the objectives I’ve mentioned.