Back on September 9th 2008, I published an article here on Performancing asking the question How Portable Is Your Blog? In the article, I discussed how great it would be if there was some sort of standard for allowing users to pick up their blog data and take it with them anywhere they go. The complexities involved though with each publishing platform seemingly doing things a different way has been a major roadblock towards this ever happening.
Fast forward to today and it looks like Google is going to grab the bull by the horns with their Blog Converters project.
This project contains a number of converters to and from different Blog services. The code is written in Python with scripts to execute the conversions either on the command-line, through a Windows batch script, or hosted on Google App Engine.
So far, the project has three different converters available for WordPress to Blogger, Blogger to WordPress, and Live Journal to Blogger. Not surprisingly, creating exporters so users can easily switch to Blogger are the first ones out of the bag but the great news is that Google has released the project under the Apache license. It’s open source which means people can add or modify the source code without any repercussions.
I’m pretty stoked about this project and as more converters are created, I’ll mention them here.
Are you looking to convert either from or to Blogger? What type of conversions are you most interested in seeing?