I just noticed that one of my more popular posts (by way of comments and links in, etc) has up and disappeared from my blog!
I had originally created the post while still hosting How to Blog at blogging.typepad.com. But I exported all of my posts/comments/trackbacks to WordPress 2.0.1 (and then upgraded to 2.0.2) on March 7th. The post *did* originally get imported, comments and all, and was reachable at:
Now when one clicks on that link, it generates a 404 error.
The post is entitled, “Starting a new blog? Get your own domain name! Do NOT use a subdomain of typepad.com, wordpress.com, blogspot.com (etc)”.
I have NO idea how and when this post all of a sudden disappeared but I can guarantee you I sure as **** didn’t delete it.
I figured – don’t panic – I can just reimport the post with all of it’s comments and trackbacks and logged back into my old typepad account and exported my posts and then found the post in question and created a txt file that just contained that post and it’s comments and trackbacks. I then went to wordpress’s IMPORT feature, and chose to import from movabletype. When I browsed to the file and told it to import it, I get the following error message:
1. Post Starting a new blog? Get your own domain name! Do NOT use a subdomain of typepad.com, wordpress.com, blogspot.com (etc) already exists.
Yet any searches for any of the text from the title or the body of that post (either from w/in the blog search itself OR the admin search) do not turn up that post. The post isn’t listed in my archives, and as I mentioned, going to it’s original link now returns a 404 error.
I’m more than a little bit concerned here, for a number of reasons:
- How did this post disappear? Why isn’t it showing up anymore on my blog or even as a draft when I manage my posts?
- As the post no longer appears to exist on my blog, why won’t WordPress allow me to reimport it (and it’s comments and trackbacks)? How can it say that the post already exists (which it should…) if it isn’t accessible anywhere on the site or from within the wordpress interface?
Can someone PLEASE help me with this?
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