I spent yesterday looking into conversion services, which is all pretty overwhelming for someone like me...who's never taken a class. So I have what might be a dumb question to put to the infinite wisdom of the TOP Commentariat Cloud Crowd:
If I were to change blogging services, is there any reason why I have to migrate this site to the new service at all?
I mean, I didn't last time. I just started the blog over again on TypePad. The old Blogger blog just stayed there and continued attracting traffic...with all its links, categories, and authors intact, all its illustrations still in place, and all of its comments where they belong. And with plentiful pointers added all over the place leading to the then-new TypePad blog in case anyone who landed there liked what they saw and was interested in seeing more. For years, the old blog continued to attract thousands of visitors a day. Even now—going on seven years since it stopped being updated—the old site continues to draw up to 400 visitors a day. All on its own, presumably just from search traffic.
Why not just do the same thing again?
Granted, TypePad will not keep this blog up for free, but it doesn't cost much and I don't mind paying for it, to serve as an intact archive, a traffic magnet, and a pointer to the (as yet hypothetical) new site. I could just add new headers or footers to every post with a note about the new site and links.
Then I'd just start over for the third time with WordPress or Squarespace or whatever.
Wouldn't everyone who reads this blog just come on over to the new site and start following there? I mean, it might take a while for occasional visitors to get wind of the change, and for everyone to adjust their bookmarks, and so on, but it seems like after a few months everyone who wanted to would have followed us to the new location. And of course eventually I'd change the main domain name to lead directly to the new site.
This seems like a very simple solution, but one that might also be beautiful. I don't know, am I missing something?
Any thoughts, reactions, opinions?
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Alvin: "If your having blog problems I feel bad for you son...I got 99 problems but a blog ain't one."
Trevor Barry: "This tool seems to provide a good solution—tp2wp.com. You can even pay them to migrate the site for you."
Mike replies: I just heard from them! Very exciting thinking about the possibilities.