Windows Live

The Windows Live Spaces Migration and existing bloggers

I’ve got a bunch of blogs. Probably too many, but you know how THAT goes. I’ve had a mostly dormant blog on Spaces, mostly because I tested the thing early on and because it is easy to cross post in Windows Live Writer. Anyone using Spaces with the native web interface must have been digitally masochistic as it as the most cumbersome, unintuitive blogging interface ever invented.

Anyway, I decided to see how the migration process would work (mostly to help others) and got a pleasant surprise. I’m pretty sure they key to my good experience was that I was logged into another existing blog that I own using the web interface. I don’t actually use the web interface for posting, but do check regularly for upgrades and such.

So I followed the breadcrumb trail after logging in to my old Spaces blog and picked a new blog title/URL (took 30 some odd tries..). Amazingly, the new blog was added under my existing account/profile. No new password, just a second blog. I started customizing the theme and was pretty much up and running. My expectations are that if you aren’t logged in to an existing account, you will only be presented with the option to create a new blog and import your Spaces content, giving you two sets of credentials to manage.

All in all, a good experience and well done.