About a year ago, I decided to move the content of one of my personal blogs from a self hosted WordPress installation to the Tumblr platform after realizing that the Tumblr workflow that emphasized curating text, photos, and videos from across the Web was taking precedence over composing original content on my own. Surely someone else must have felt the same way and conquered such a migration task once before. Surely someone must have developed an easy tool for performing such a migration. Perhaps even Tumblr had developed an import tool similar to what Posterous has done in the past.
When I checked with Tumblr, I didn’t find a migration utility anywhere within the service. I even contacted Tumblr support to inquire and they indicated that they do no provide any type of service, script, or utility to accomplish such a task. So it was into Google searches to find what I was looking for. I found some information on a php script to perform a WordPress to Tumblr migration. I tried that a half dozen times or so, but each time it failed. Most likely due to the amount of content I was trying to migrate from WordPress into Tumblr.
In the end, I did come up with a recipe to move my content, but it involved the utilization of Google’s Blogger service. Here’s are the steps I took to move the content of my self hosted WordPress site into a Tumblr hosted site.
- Sign up for a new blog at blogger.com. You’re going to need this blog for about an hour. And when you’re done, you can delete the blog. You’re just using this temporary blog as a content holding intermediary between WordPress and Tumblr.
- Follow the instructions on this page to export content from WordPress and then import it into Blogger.
- Assuming that you’ve already signed up at Tumblr, you can use this utility to import the content from Blogger into Tumblr
- Check your new Tumblr site and if everything looks good, you can delete that temporary Blogger site