I’ve been a long term posterous.com user, but since they started messing with the core concept of posterous by introducting ‘groups’ and then pivoting to be ‘spaces’ I’ve had an uneasy feeling being hosted with them. What are these guys up to? What happend to the posterous I used to love using?
The last straw was the purchase of posterous by twitter as a ‘talent acquistion’ - basically meaning posterous will now be in maintenane mode - no further development
My main conern about the migration was to maintain the urls for all my previous posts, the currentl posterous->jekyll doesnt maintain the url slugs.
To make this work I edited the posterous import script - refer new version below
Also the octopress permalinks format needed to change to just :title. Now any links to my old posterous hosted blog will auto forward to this blog. Below is the updated import and config script
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p.ostero.us is a new service that I’ve setup specially designed to help posterous.com users to move to octopress. Octopress is an amazing blog engine but unless your comfortable using the commandline and messing with ruby got its not ganna work out for you.
This is where p.ostero.us comes in. I’m bringing the beauty and simplicity of the original posterous back combined with the awesomeness of octopress. You can email your posts in (all in markdown), add and update posts via our minimal web ui or hook p.ostero.us up to pull markdown formatted posts from your github repo
Currently you can easily enought host an octopress blog on github but you still have to mess with ruby/rake to create posts. With p.ostero.us you just point it at a repo folder that contents your posts - no need to run rake commands . Just use the normal octopress blog template and its all good to go
No lock in
I always had the uneasy feeling of being locked into posterous - even though they have a good api - i can’t just grab the how blog (theme included) and host of my own server..
With p.ostero.us you can 1 click export/download your site - full octopress install and happily self host your blog any time you want
Another problem with posterous.com was that there was no way to actually pay for the service.
Theres a great post over at pinboard.in that details whats wrong with this.
Eventfully they are going to have to make a return for their investor and with no real income fomr users this means getting purchased.
If your a posterous.com user looking to move now twitter is about to kill it off check out p.ostero.us