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Monday, 6 January 2020

Exporting GoodReads reviews to a WordPress blog

In a previous post, I discussed wanting to take a backup of my book reviews from GoodReads. In this post, I’ll go into how I did that in more detail and provide my code for anyone who wants to do something similar. It’s quite lengthy, so details under the fold.

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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Book reviews, now cloud-free!

I’ve been reading books forever. I mean, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love just sitting down with a book and spending hours getting lost in it. And I’ve been writing about books for years now too. I’ve reviewed pretty much every book I’ve written for the best part of three lustra – that’s over a thousand books. Originally, these reviews were part of the 50 Book Challenge that was facilitated through IoForum back in the day. When that slowly faded away, I moved to using GoodReads, which I still use to this day.

However, with one thing and another, I don’t really trust any cloud-based provider to not disappear one day so I spent a weekend figuring out how to mirror my existing (and future) reviews from GoodReads back to LordOfTheMoon.com. I’ve now done that, and all my book reviews are now available on the new Book Reviews section of this website.

I still intend to keep writing on GoodReads. Whilst I’m not a great one for social media, I do quite like seeing my friends’ book reviews; but each review I write will be mirrored here, for posterity (and, to make it easier for anyone to follow my own book reviews, an RSS feed is available).

I’ll write a more technical post on the details later, and maybe make the scripts I wrote available to others, if anyone’s interested.

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