I’ve had some questions from fellow bloggers about how to get your data OUT of Tumblr and into another platform, like WordPress. It turns out that this isn’t as easy as it should be. This makes some professional bloggers wary of the platform.
That’s understandable. Blogging platforms tend to come and go (Posterous is a recent example of a platform which went). Therefore, before you start blogging, you need to know that if the platform turns out to be a problem, you can pack up your data and go.
It’s fairly simple to get your Tumblr data into WordPress.com:
We’ve recently noticed that a fair number of you have been bringing your tumblelogs over from Tumblr to WordPress.com using one of the variety of Tumblr to WXR conversion tools which exist on the web. We thought you would appreciate an easier way to import your content, so we bring you 3 easy steps to import your content.
Disclosure: I haven’t tried the above process, but it seems simple enough.
But what if you want to move to a self-hosted WordPress (or other platform) blog?
That’s easy. Once your data is safely on WordPress.com, you can export the data onto your own computer as an XML file, and then can import it anywhere you choose.
This page describes the various processes.
I like Tumblr a lot. The platform’s blindingly simple to use, and it’s an ideal “starter” website or blog for you if you’re a new writer.
If you’re an established writer, look on Tumblr as Twitter-on-steroids.
Chances are you won’t need to get your data out of Tumblr. If you do — let’s say Tumblr goes the way of Posterous — Tumblr will come up with an exporter. In the meantime, if you’re using Tumblr for experimentation, or as a promotional tool, you probably won’t want to pack up your data. If you do, you have ways to do that.