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.


WordPress Japanese Official Character Gets A Name

WordPress set [J] its Japanese official character in February 2011, and held a naming contest [J] recently.

So its name is Wapuu.

Wapuu’s character is copyrighted by the creator Kazuko Kaneuchi [J], but the license is the same as WordPress, GPL version 2 or any later version.

Six Apart, a blog application rival who led WordPress by Movable Type and TypePad in Japan, made [J] a mascot for TypePad, named Topf, in 2005 [J].

Toph is still used [J] by Six Apart for campaign.

See Also:

Firefox Japanese mascot Foxkeh

NicoNico Douga-like Twitter Widget NiTwPress

NiTwPress, NicoNico Douga flavoured Twitter client widget for WordPress, is made and released by (self-claimed) 17 years old girl sakuratan (Sakura Yamamoto) [J].


Different from twitter’s official blog widget, this widget display your tweets in flowing overlay texts, like Japanese favourite online video site NicoNico Douga.

There are many mashup services/tools which take this style of visualization in Japanese, showing people’s favour to NicoNico Douga and its style.

The widget is internationalized and works well in English, available on WordPress plugin site. If you show your tweets on your blog in Japanese favourite style, this is the one.

The First WordCamp in Japan: WordCamp Tokyo 2008

We Asiajin weblog is built on WordPress, open source blog system on PHP/MySQL. Today I attended the WordPress event WordCamp Tokyo 2008, the first ever WordCamp held in Japan.

On a half day conference at Digital Hollywood Shibuya, to over 60 attendees 10 speakers made development/customization presentations,

  • WordPress history
  • case study in high school
  • useful Firefox functions/add-ons for WordPress blogging
  • Lightbulb moments with WordPress
  • CSS based customizable theme Sandbox
  • Contact Form 7 plugin author’s talk (Asiajin uses this plugin and I recommend it to anyone needs decent multi-byte compliant/internationalized contact form)
  • script manipulation of WordPress articles by XML-RPC
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 with WordPress
  • WordPress plugin Ktai Style for Japanese cellphones (a lot of knowledge about how to make cellphone pages for Japanese are inside)
  • Plugin internationalization how to

Michael Pick from Automattic came from Sapporo to talk about Automattic and WordPress relation, current statistics of users and developers, good customization samples, etc.

I was not aware that Automattic has their people in Japan. I talked with Michael and became to know that Automattic staffs are working remotely from all over the world, which is cool.

Unlikely US market, In Japan Automattic(WordPress) and Six Apart(Movable Type/LiveJournal/Vox)’s rivalry is not a balanced match.

Historically, early stage weblog enthusiasts did great localization jobs on Movable Type (also supported by good business decisions). Although there had been many other competitors blog systems both imported and domestic, Movable Type became synonymous with blog application in Japan.

Many of blog hosting portals use TypePad (e.g. Nifty Cocolog, NTT-Com), Six Apart earns much from Japanese customers so their Japanese subsidiary holds many staffs including development teams in Tokyo.

So I can say that the most blogging country in the world is heavily produced by Six Apart products. WordPress is also well localized to Japanese now and gaining popularity, but not strong as them. Probably that is the reason the first WordCamp Tokyo took time in comparison with other big cities in the world.

There are many blog reports in Japanese by presenters and attendees. If you want to check them, links are available on my other blog here.

See Also:

WordCamp Tokyo 2008 |