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Migrating from Blogger to WordPress

I have been thinking of migrating my blog from Blogger to a WordPress-solution hosted on my own domain. After doing some research, I decided “what the heck”, and downloaded and installed the package. The installation went without a hitch, and I went on to find a decent theme for the blog. Having downloaded and installed a few themes, I then went on to migrate my posts from Blogger to the WordPress blog. WordPress has a built-in tool to do this, which imports both posts, tags and comments. The only snag was that tags are not imported as tags, but rather as categories. Luckily; WordPress has a tool to convert tags to categories, and categories to tags.

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Adding a Twitter feed to Blogspot

One of the big things of today is micro-blogging. If you don’t know what it is, think of Facebook, and then think of the status field in Facebook. Strip most of the other functionality away. That’s microblogging. In other words; microblogging is responding to the question “What are you doing right now?”
I’ve got an account at Twitter (my nick there is @razumny), and wanted the last two entries to be displayed in the sidebar of my personal blog. Here’s how I did it:
First, you’ll want to find the RSS-feed address for your twitter feed. If you go to your twitter feed page, you’ll see a link at the bottom of the sidebar on the right side, like so:



Blogger – displaying the latest comments gadget

From time to time, people comment on my blogposts (you may too by the way, just click the “# COMMENTS” link below to comment on this post), and at times they even comment on very old blogposts, such as this one, dated September 14th, 2007. The problem with this is that unless you actually read the post in question, you’re not likely to know that the comment was made.
What I wanted to do, then, was add a gadget to the sidebar, displaying the last five or so comments that were made. As it turns out, this was simpler than I’d expected. Here’s how:


Adding a favicon to a Blogger or BlogSpot blog

As you might notice, I’ve got a favicon, a small picture, on my blog. Here’s what it looks like in Firefox:
A small picture
It’s actually pretty simple to implement in Blogger. To do it, you’ll need to have somewhere to store the favicon file. Favicons are imagefiles (dimensions 16 by 16 pixels) ending in .ico. Apparently, Tripod offer free hosting, and they support .ico files. Once you’ve got your favicon ready, and uploaded, you need to open the administration page for your blog, and then go to the “Layout” tab, opening the “Edit HTML” subtab. You’ll then see a page looking something like this:
Find the <head> tag, and insert the following snippet of code immediately below it:

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