Monday, September 10, 2007

Publish your Blogger blog to Livejournal

I've wanted a way to post this blog's entries in it's own separate LJ blog, not my personal LJ, because it can increase readership. I don't have many LJ friends, but if I did, then I would like to accommodate their desire to not have to leave their LJ comfort zone to view what's going on in my life.

I pay for this site, so it would make sense to make use of it. That and I like using Blogger more than LJ. Atom and RSS feeds are available here for anyone to subscribe, but there's no way to add a feed reader to a LJ account. I've read that it's prohibited to use embedding tags and javascript in one's layout. If I wanted to broadcast my RSS feed to my LJ account, I'd have to upgrade to "Paid" status. Not that it's needed. All you need is a LJ Plus account the current email address you use for your Blogger account.

Since this is about appeasing your LJ friends, I assume you already have a LJ account. If you don't have one, make an account and make sure that it's a "Plus" account. LJ members with basic accounts can't email entries to their blogs via email.

1) Go to the "Mobile Post" settings page of your LJ, and under "Allowed sender addresses", add the email address you associate with your Blogger account (it's in your "permission" settings if you've forgotten).

2) Under "PIN", create a pin number that is NOTHING like any password or PIN you've ever created. You don't want people guessing your LJ password based on your PIN number. If they do, they will gain control of your blog. Jot down the PIN just in case you forget it.

3) Change any of the Default settings to your liking. click "Save Settings". Now your Mobile settings are complete. Your LJ email address will look something like this: "username@post.livejournal.com", substituting "username" for your own LJ name of course.

4) Now remember the PIN you've created? You need this in order to post to your LJ blog via email. To do this, you'll need to either put the PIN in your email's subject, body, or in your LJ email address like this: username+PIN@post.livejournal.com (the "+" sign is needed). I don't suggest using the PIN inside of the subject or body.

NOTE: The subject and body of the email are the same as the subject and body of your Blogger blog post. If you put the PIN in either the subject of body of your blog post, the PIN will show up for the public to see in your Blogger blog, and that's not what you want. Use your LJ PIN inside your LJ email address for better security.

5) Copy your LJ email address (including the PIN). Go to your Blogger blog's "Email" settings. In the BlogSend Address box, paste the LJ email address. Save your settings.

6) Make a test blog post to your Blogger blog and publish it.

If it turns up at your LJ blog, then congratulations! You've successfully bypassed the need to pay Livejournal for web site feed broadcasting. All of your LJ friends can see what you're up to whether you post at Livejournal or at your Blogger blog. If it doesn't show up at Livejournal, then check your settings to make sure everything is right.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Tytal said...

Thanks for the tip!

12/08/2007 4:44 PM  
OpenID law-nerd said...

Thanks! I was wondering whether this was possible, your instructions work wonderfully. Now if you know how to get Blogger to send through the tag for an lj-cut, I'll be in 7th Heaven.

1/03/2008 8:52 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Thank you for posting these instructions! Very helpful!

1/14/2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger TripToGenetica said...

Thankyou! Just set this up, will appease LJ people with minimal hassle on my part!

4/28/2008 7:04 AM  
Blogger anny said...

can i post my blogs from LJ to blogger?

5/21/2008 4:35 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

I have never tried LJ2Blogger posting, but I would assume it could be done similarly to this method. If you are able to receive email copies of your LJ posts as you would Blogger posts, perhaps the method would work just the same. If you try it and it works, then report back to us! I'm sure others would want to know.

5/21/2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Thomas Lopez, Jr. said...

Thanks soo much! I don't know why I didn't think about this sooner.

5/22/2008 9:55 PM  
Blogger Wake up, Morgan. said...

That took me FOREVER to figure out, and I can't believe you figured that out on your own. It's an ingenious idea for keeping both journals up to date. i really appreciate the post! Thanks :P

6/17/2008 5:53 PM  
Blogger orme said...

TITS... success, thanks, bub. I needed this, now if only I could get it to work the other way around.

8/04/2008 9:08 AM  
Blogger Emm said...

That is just so awesomely awesome. Thank you so much for figuring it out!!!

3/08/2009 12:36 PM  
Blogger Sam A. said...

Works great. Caveat however, edits and deletions don't get carried across... I may just be missing an option somewhere though :)

4/08/2009 9:38 AM  
OpenID the-meanest-cat said...

This is brilliant, thank you! A genius suggestion.

I do have a follow-on question in case anyone can advise... The images in my blogger posts are not coming through to the LJ posts... it just looks like a blank space where the image should be. Is this a limitation of posting to LJ via email?

Many thanks again, Sue

6/02/2009 6:26 PM  
Blogger kArLaLa said...

OMG thank you for the instructions! ^^ They worked!! :D

6/29/2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger Lee Patterson said...

perfect

7/18/2009 6:26 PM  
Blogger North said...

Wonderful! Thank you ever so much for figuring this out!~

8/09/2009 1:28 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Hello~
I got my blog posts to go to LJ but none of my images come through which is pretty much worthless to me since my blog is a photo blog.

Did this ever get figured out?

When I posted directly from my gmail account to the LJ address the images showed up, so I'm guessing it's somewhere betw. blogspot and gmail where the images are getting lost.

Anything? {{scratches head}}...thx!

8/14/2009 3:14 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Maybe check out Posterous.com for cross posting to lots of different services.

8/14/2009 4:55 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

Tom's suggestion would be better when it comes to photo and link-heavy blogs. Somehow, the post is getting stripped during the transmission between Blogger and LiveJournal, and I suspect it's a reformatting issue. I unfortunately cannot find a suitable workaround for it, save adding a whole other email address to forward the posts to before they get to LJ.

I do not want any more steps to be added to this particular method. If someone finds a solution to add to this method, then great. If not, then I suggest looking into web or desktop applications that have blog cross-posting available.

8/14/2009 6:01 PM  
Blogger vdanilov said...

There is a no way at LiveJournal to publish/repost a posts to any email address. May be RSS2EMAIL...

8/24/2009 8:03 AM  
Blogger Lexi said...

Thanks for confirming, vdanilov. Looks like LJ-2-Blogger via the same email trick as Blogger-2-LJ won't work. Still, anyone coming to this site looking for a cross-posting solution that includes photo/media posting should try out www.Ping.fm or Tom's (above) suggestion, www.Posterous.com.

8/24/2009 10:38 AM  
Blogger vdanilov said...

The services you notes are a little different purpose: When I want to publish a post some blogs or social networks. What I need is to publish a post on - LJ post and receive it on - BLOGGER. I found only one solution, like you described here, but through FEEDBURNER

8/24/2009 11:27 AM  
Blogger AF said...

Thank you very much!!! It`s working!

11/08/2009 1:11 AM  
Blogger Shortwave_America said...

Ok, I followed the directions to a T. I posted directly to blogger and nothing on LJ. I went back, checked settings on both blogs and everything is done correctly. Any ideas if the problem is me or if it's just not updating right away?

12/20/2009 1:38 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

Thanks for posting this! I just used it to reconnect to all my old LJ friends who I abandoned for cold, lonely, but nicer Blogger. Now they can read my posts. Thanks!

2/18/2010 12:23 AM  

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