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Make my blog pretty and historically accurate!

Many of you started reading my Diaryland blog back in the day. I have actually owned Thatsmybix.com for years (YEARS) while still updating at Diaryland because A)I had no idea how to physically maneuver 8 years of blog entries over onto WordPress B) I didn’t want to deal with the extra work… let’s face it, Diaryland is limited but it’s EASY and it never changes and C) Mimi Smartypants once told me that she was proud that she and I were still rocking the old school Diaryland blog updating and not caring about having a Diaryland URL for our blogs even after the giant exodus in the early 2000s. Then my Conde Nast work dried up with the economy and I decided that it was a good time to go legit and stop paying for two different websites.

One of the things that happened when I flipped the switch is that I had to set up a redirect on Weetabix.diaryland.com, which essentially, hid all of my archives from view. Sure, I could get at them, but I couldn’t link back to something and also, I felt a little bit like a poser saying that I’ve been blogging since before they were called blawwwgs, but my archives at That’s My Bix Dot Com only went back to 2008. I started copy/pasting my archives and had gotten about three years done when… blammo, the stupid Russian hackers hit in 2009. I really didn’t want to do all of that copy/pasting a second time. I knew there had to be a way to get everything back automatically, but I just didn’t know how. There was an old script at one time, but the download was invalid now and everyone who might have cared about importing Diaryland to Word Press did it so long ago that their method didn’t really work well with later versions of WP. So instead, sometimes when I was bored, I’d sit there and copy/paste my entries, fixing links and adding categories and tags, cursing my fate with every entry. It was unbelievably tedious and even after a year of concentrated copy/pasting, I had only done maybe 100 entries. At that rate, I’d be finished in 10 years. UGH!

I mentioned my conundrum to Jennette, one of my very smart friends who happens to have her own business fixing people’s websites. And wouldn’t you know it, Jennette figured out a way to upload all of my Diaryland entries into my Word Press website without affecting the existing (new) entries and comments! Easy peasy!

There you go, long time Weetabix readers who missed your Dumber Than A Box archives. They’re back. Every last loving one of them.

Now, if you too are a former Diaryland user who has a bunch of entries sitting in Andrew’s lazy little hands, you can also have Jennette rescue your archives and import them into your existing Word Press website at the low low rate of 10 cents a diary entry (seriously, that is so crazy cheap).

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Log into the Diaryland account that you want archived.
  2. Look at your Profile. That will tell you exactly how many entries that account has posted.
  3. If you’re no longer a Gold member, then pay for a 3 month Gold membership (it’s $12) which is the cheapest tier, and then wait an eternity for Andrew to flip the switch on your account and send you the email that you’re Gold again.
  4. Go to the Gold Member resources.
  5. Select Download Diaryland Backup or something like that. That will trigger a giant file that may take a very long time to build. When it finishes, save that file as an .html on your harddrive. It might be helpful to rename it (YOUR NAME) Diaryland Backup.html.
  6. Send it to Jennette along with your Word Press admin address and log in information. She’ll send you an invoice for half of what she expects the work to cost and she’ll also let you know when she’ll have it done by.

It’s just that easy but if you don’t believe me, check out her details. And if you have a Diaryland account, chances are that you remember the general HORROR around the blogosphere when Stephen Dekken killed Diary-X back in the mid-2000’s and lost every Diary-X user’s archives with zero warning. Do you really want to wake up one day and realize that Diaryland is gone and with it, a huge chunk of your online writing history? I sure didn’t.

As far as I know, Jennette is the only person offering this service (believe me, I’ve been figuring out a way to port my archives since 2008 and I’ve never seen it) and honestly, her rate is so reasonable that you really can’t afford NOT to do this.

And of course, if you want your Diaryland archives off of Diaryland but don’t have a Word Press blog, Jennette can help you with that too.

To celebrate the return of my archives, I’m giving away a free 16×20 Wendy Bix print to one random lucky commenter on this entry. That includes any photo that may have appeared on the blog in any of its incarnations too, even if it’s not in the Etsy shop, just let me know. All you have to do is tell me your favorite Weetabix/That’s My Bix entry of all time. (Offer good to US and Canada only, sorry out-of-towners!)

The comments do not need a prop!

 

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18 Comments

  1. Liz wrote:

    I’ve been reading you since the dland days – seems like an eternity – but that is pretty amazing you were able to get your archives back!

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
  2. Ms Tschuss wrote:

    Oh that’s easy. Ms Mangoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that I had nothing to do with it However, I’m also partial to your FAQ in which you deftly deflect a proposal of marriage from a hapless suitor without a dishwashing plan.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  3. WendyBix wrote:

    I want to know where the hell Ms Mangoe went. I think her house was for sale not too long ago. I am really hoping she’s still not taking out her frustrations and OCD creepiness on poor unfortunate teenagers.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
  4. lee wrote:

    i’ve been reading you for a long time- at least 3 houses ago! i lost you for a while!

    who the hell is mis. mangoe?

    i love your pictures of the lightbulbs on the boardwalk thing.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  5. squandra wrote:

    Oh my gosh this is exciting! I had favorite ones that I would return to, but they’d been gone so long I can’t remember! I know there was one “Esteban/Weetabix Conversation” kind of post that I’d looked for and couldn’t find, post-move.

    Good enough? I love your photos. :)

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink
  6. squandra wrote:

    Ah! There was a Hawkeye reference, I think?

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  7. Glad you got all your achives transferred over. I had old entries on LiveJournal and I just ended up copying and pasting them over to WP. Live and learn!

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:39 am | Permalink
  8. Tiffany wrote:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, thank God for Jennette!!! She transferred all of my archives over to WordPress too, so I can start from the very beginning (womanfully resisting the urge to quote The Sound of Music, here) and read straight through to today! Which, as that’s eleven years of archives, would be a major undertaking. Not something I wanted to tackle myself! Anyway, hooray for Weet Archive Goodness!

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink
  9. Kinsey wrote:

    Yay for archives! I think my favorite entry was that one where Esteban cleaned out the shower trap, I think it was? I remember that it made me laugh and laugh.

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  10. Hooray for your archives! I can remember reading you back when 12% Beer was founded, alive, and active. And I have to say that the post that really sealed the deal on my following you wherever you went (in the blogosphere) was when you went on a tirade about Thomas Kinkade, and said those who loved his work were the same people who enjoyed aerosol cheese. That post definitely made the rounds through art school, and we all really enjoyed it. We even hung the same cardboard sign your mentioned in the post in our studio. It was awesome. Thanks for all the laughs!

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  11. Tori wrote:

    What a great surprise this Monday morning!

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  12. Thanks for the free advertising, Wendy! I’m glad we were able to port your archives over in a relatively painless way.

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  13. Lorraine wrote:

    I loved the Barista drive through entries!

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink
  14. Heather wrote:

    “Despair, thy name is Dinty Moore” has really stuck in my memory and still makes me giggle. I like ‘em all, and happy to see your archives back. New readers: it is worth your while!

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
  15. Editrix wrote:

    You did one about chicken and waffles. First I drooled then I ran around Boston trying to find such a dish. (Trina’s in Somerville). But there were so many!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  16. katie/nadnuk wrote:

    I used to read you back when I was updating my diaryland crazily and reading a few other of my friends’ blogs on diaryland. I started my blog in 2002 and then just never changed my personal blogging space.

    I’m about to try to download all of my posts and format them into a hardcopy book and this is exactly the key that I needed! I figure a hardcopy book would be better than porting everything to my knitting blog that I’m starting up because the dland blog is super-uber-personal mindsplat and doesn’t jive with my professional blog. And a hardcopy is something that grandkids would be able to find stored in my attic years and years from now and realize that I was once a real person with real feelings and that they’re really not that screwed up in the grand scheme of things.

    Anyhow. thanks!

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  17. Betsy wrote:

    I’ve been reading you for forever and a day. And while I have many favorite entries, I think my all time favorite was the bidding was that once got staged in your comments section of a post that went something like, “This space for sale”.

    Also I can say that thanks to you I have spent way too much money on Body Butter and underwear that matches.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
  18. cara wrote:

    Thanks for the diaryland backup info! I found this page as I was searching for how to download my whole diaryland site. — It’s comforting to find the old diaryland crew still hanging around the blogosphere. Ah, those were different days on the net. :)

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

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