I started blogging at blogger long before google purchased it. Once google purchased it, users were given the option of continuing to blog the old way, or move on over to the google way. To entice people to move on over to the g way, google offered enhanced blogger with lots more functionality (widgets!!!!!!!! love widgets. thank you ajax. another topic)

When I finally moved to the google way, unfortunately, my user name at blogger migrated as a new gmail/google account. So, although I had a gmail account, I now had a second gmail account just for my blog. Sigh! Initially, everything I read online said there was no way to merge the accounts… never the two shall meet. However, I am a person who if it is related to technology and seems possible… well, I’ll find a way. Just about the time I decided that maybe I would just copy & paste all my entries into a new blog and back date as needed (bleech, been there, done that, for a different blog), I discovered the easier way to migrate a user name. Okay, it’s still kind of a pain in the ……

Anyhow, I’ve migrated all of my old blog to here, contentdivergent. 😉

..and here is how I did it in case that it is remotely helpful. You must do the steps in order and you might also want to test to make sure it does work (just create a new blog…)

  • You’ll need 2 gmail/google accounts (You already have one with blogger — we’ll call this one blogger-id for clarity; and then you’ll either need your alternate gmail account or you need to create a new one. The alternate account is where you are going to migrate your blog. We’ll call this one alter-ego for clarity).
  • Login to your blogger account using your blogger-id (gmail) account
      • Go to your dashboard. Under your blog, click on settings.
      • Under settings, click on permissions.
      • Add new author. Invite your alter-ego.
  • Now, logout of blogger.
  • Go to gmail and login as your alter-ego.
      • Click on the email for your invitation.
      • Follow the links, logging into blogger under your alter-ego.
  • Logout of blogger.
  • Log back into blogger under blogger-id (gmail) account.
      • Now, the most important steps:
      • Go to your dashboard. Under the blog you want to migrate, click on settings.
      • Under settings, click on permissions.
      • Change your alter-ego to admin (clicking on guest changes it to admin).
      • When your alter-ego is admin, both users (blogger-id) and alter-ego will display with a link, admin. Now click on the blogger-id and click Remove.
      • Scary moment, eh? Okay, logout of blogger.
  • Log back into blogger under alter-ego (gmail) account. You should see your blog with only your alter-ego listed.

This worked perfectly for me. I migrated 10 blogs (long story about why so many). Some sites state that you need to remove the original user (blogger-id, in my example) under the new gmail account (alter-ego, in my example). I didn’t find that to be true, but it may be due to changes in blogger/google. So please try this on a practice blog, before you do it. ;-D

best of luck, robin

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