Before I started this humble WordPress.com blog I ran another self-hosted one at www.andrewcurrie.ca — that domain is currently one of those “lifestream” thingies, but you can still see my previous blog there if you know where to look (not anymore, sorry). It runs on a proprietary blog engine called ExpressionEngine. This is important.
For reasons I won’t go into here, I want to move my previous blog off of my domain and import it into either Blogger or Vox — neither of which I’m really using at the moment. But getting my almost 600 posts out of ExpressionEngine is needlessly difficult, and doesn’t seem to work. Even if I could manage to do it the resulting data is still only readable by Movable Type.
By comparison, I can easily export my content from WordPress.com for a WordPress installation of my own should I ever choose to do so. And because of the relative ubiquity of WordPress there are more tools available for importing into other blogging platforms.
But it sure would be nice to have to have some standards here…