I spent this afternoon digging around my backups, and I was lucky to find my site backup from the end of 2008. I had to find a way to import the posts from WordPress 2.6 into WordPress 3.5.1. Since I had a full site backup, I was able to load the WordPress files and database backup onto my Mac’s local MAMP web development environment (Windows users might use WAMP).
From there, I followed the WordPress upgrade procedure. I upgraded directly from WordPress 2.6 to 3.5.1 directly without a hitch, although it recommended to go version by version. Then with a click of a button, my posts were exported into an XML file. And two clicks later, my posts were imported into my new site. It’s awesome that WordPress has a very easy upgrade and import/export functionality.
I spent a couple hours combing through the blog posts (good memories of high school and university!) making some edits, and fixing links and images.
The only thing now is to find my WordPress backups from 2009-2011. Needless to say:
It’s one thing to make backups. It’s another thing to know where they are… #fb
— Dennis Tsang (@DennisTT) February 9, 2013
Update: After a couple hours of digging, I’ve found the backup and have loaded the posts here. The archives here are pretty much complete!