How to recover WordPress posts from NewsBlur

This post is not related with Asia/Japan IT news.

When I noticed that there were no latest backups kept on any cloud services by combined mistakes, Asiajin’s past articles since January 2014 seemed to be lost for good. My RSS reader might keep the latest 10 or so, but I was not so eager to take time for them.

When suggested to salvage form Newsblur, I did not know that service. The service keeping all past copies of the feed (Asiajin offers full RSS feed for readers’ convenience) does not sound good, if I become to know it in regular time. Letting readers know about Japanese IT news is more important for us than earning page views, though.

Anyway, the site offers API, and I found a good tool to export the data from there. Then, I needed to convert the exported data (in JSON style) to our using self-hosted WordPress.

I wrote a script to do that, and it worked and the lost 40 posts are now back on the blog. This is not really generic tool, but for someone who might see the similar troubles in future, I decided to make it public on GitHub.


Lost articles are back

We had lost recent articles, but luckily could salvage most of the once-lost-ones from an RSS reader service.

There could be some glitches on the posts from January 2014 to September 2015. Your feedback would fix them.

Thanks for the tip @LonelyBob !

As you notice, Asiajin activities have been pretty low these years. There were some other good English blogs opened to cover Japanese IT industry news, so the demand for Asiajin is not high if comparing with when we started in 2007.

I will post if I find an interesting news, but it won’t be frequent. If anyone wants to join and make Asiajin active again, you are very welcome.

Lost articles

By an unfortunate accident, the former Asiajin server crashed and the data lost. More bad thing was that the backup files was cleaned too much recently due to capacity issues on my other server. The posts since January 2014 seemed lost. I will keep trying to salvage, but probably those posts are available only titles and images on our Twitter account @Asiajin.

Japan`s First Social Media Focused Competition Kicks Off

KOBE, September 16, 2012. After successfully holding the 2011 Marketing Competition Japan (MCJ), in which 24 teams from 12 different universities participated, the MCJ committee officially launched MCJ 2012. The organizers of the event expect more than 150 teams from 30 different universities (mostly from Global COE institutions) to compete in MCJ 2012.The competition will also hold workshops to train college students on how to prepare a marketing plan in English.

This year’s theme is increasing human traffic to Kobe Harborland. The participants first have to understand why people travel to Kobe and then come up with effective advertising messages to attract more visitors to Kobe Harborland. To complete their business plan, the participants also need to create simple advertisements and explain how they will incorporate social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, mixi, Google+, etc. into their plans to promote the famous tourist location.

The competition consists of 3 rounds. First, students create a summary plan and submit it online. In the second round, the top 40 teams present their plans in regional preliminaries, which are held in two major universities on the same weekend. In the final round, the top 8 teams are invited to Kobe University of Foreign Studies to make a 12-minute presentation before local and international judges in a large auditorium. The best team wins the grand prize. One difference from the previous competition is that this year’s teams are asked to make a short commercial in English and upload it to YouTube (the most watched video will win a special prize).

Starting this year, MCJ will also accept international applications online. The case for the international students is a little bit different than the case for Japanese students, and international students do not have to travel to Japan to present their plans. All of the applications will be submitted online and evaluated by the organizing committee. International students will also focus on the people in their own country (e.g. if they live in Singapore they will target the people in Singapore, if they are from Thailand they will target the people in Thailand).The award for the best international plan is a $500 cash prize.
Marketing Competition Japan is a task-based learning activity that allows participants to improve their English skills, critical thinking skills, and presentation skills by providing an opportunity to work on a real life business case. All plans must include social media and should strategically utilize Twitter, YouTube, mixi, or Facebook etc. to be qualified. It is the first competition that combines English, business, and social media elements in order to raise globally competent leaders who are equipped with the knowledge of modern communication technologies and business skills.

MCJ is organized by the Marketing Competition Japan Committee at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies with support from several widely known corporations and organizations, including Nestle, P&G, NHK, mixi, Dentsu, The Japan Times, Cambridge University Press, and BBC World News.
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Asiajin Spanish, Japanese And 4 Year Anniversary

We are celebrating 4 year anniversary today! We launched Asiajin officially on December 12, 2007, 4 years ago. Here I announce two new Asiajin blogs, Spanish version and Japanese version.

The new Spanish version, Asiajin en Español is supported by Tokyo-based ShakingAsia, whose business is bringing oversea services into Japan and Asia.

If you are interested in opening Asiajin in other language, please contact us.

We also began Asiajin日本語(=Asiajin Japanese) last month, which is not a Japanese translation of Asiajin, which does not make much sense, but introduce what Asiajin is doing to Japanese people, to find potential contributors and sponsors.

Please share these sites to your Spanish/Japanese speaking friends who should be interested in.