I’m not sure what will happen to Posterous over the next little while but some people are speculating the service will eventually disappear. I have used the service off and on since 2008 so I thought I would move my content from Posterous to a new wordpress blog. Wordpress has a Posterous importer but I didn’t have much success using it (you can read about how to use it here). After a quick google search I ended up here and I followed the instructions to import my Posterous data. Basic steps were:
- create a blog on wordpress.com
- import your Posterous blog using the Posterous importer into this blog
- from the tools menu export the blog on wordpress.com in a WXR format
- from the tools menu import the WXR file into your new self hosted blog
So I imported everything and have a new micro blog setup called KwikPicks. This will end up taking the place of my Posterous blog. All I had left to do was to change some of the automatic posting tasks I had setup for Posterous.
I use Reeder to read my RSS feeds and many of the things I add to my micro blog comes from these feeds. To make this easier I setup different If This Then That (ITTT) tasks that let me send content from Reeder to a service then back to a blog. For example, if I find a infographic I like in Reeder I use a zootool to blog workflow with IFTTT. Click on the image I want to send to my blog and save the image to zootool with the tag teachnpick. IFTTT sends anything tagged with teachnpic to my blog so in a little while the image becomes part of a new blog post.
So my replacement blog is ready!