Migrating My Content From Hey World to Substack
Yesterday, I put an end to my HEY World experiment. After making the call, I wanted to keep my content and migrate it to Substack. So, I tried the Substack RSS feed import feature, but it wasn’t working. As shown in the following screenshot, the error wasn’t explicit enough to pinpoint the cause of the problem.
I had 23 posts to import, not a big deal, but I preferred not to move my content manually. Trying different variations of the URL didn’t help. Substack simply wouldn’t detect any feeds from HEY World. Here is my solution.
HEY World uses ATOM RSS feed format. I thought Substack couldn’t parse those. The idea was to transform the ATOM RSS feed into something else. After googling for a solution, I remembered about RSSMix. This free web service enables merging many feeds into one. I use it to merge all my personal RSS feeds into a single one to build a publishing timeline. It’s pretty cool1. For my HEY World content migration, I took the ATOM RSS feed with another one and merged the content2. The end-result is another feed but this time in XML format. I went to Substack again and sure enough, the resulting feed could be imported. After the import was completed, all I had to do was to delete posts from the second feed content which wasn’t part of HEY World3. Simple as that.
You can find my Substack page here.
I think I should write about it in a different post.↩︎
RSSMix requires at least two RSS feeds to work. I chose one of mine where there wasn’t too much content associated with it.↩︎
The one thing I would have liked from Substack was a way to select each post individually before hitting the Import button.↩︎