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Blogspot Pager

Generate pager (previous/next) links for an old Blogspot/Blogger blog using a Node.js app

by Ben Buckman (


On an old blog from 2006 that still gets traffic (, I wanted to add Previous/Next links to each post (with their post titles) to help visitors navigate. But the old template didn't have any tags available to make that happen within Blogger. So I wrote this node app to generate the links, loaded client-side via AJAX.

How it works

  1. Export your blog from Blogspot using the Export functionality. You'll get a big XML file.
  2. Check out this code on a server with node.js installed.
  3. Put the exported XML file into the root of this app, as blog-export.xml; or change the path in app.js.
  4. Run the app (node app.js, or with forever).
  5. The module in posts.js will parse the XML file and generate an in-memory array of all the post URLs and titles.
  6. The module in server.js will respond to HTTP requests (by default on port 3003, change as you wish):
    • /pager handles JSONP requests with a ?url parameter, returning a JSON object of the surrounding posts.
    • /posts returns an HTML page of all the parsed posts.
  7. [dependency] In your blog template, make sure jQuery is loaded if not already.
    • e.g. <script src='//' />
  8. In your blog template, load the client-side script in this app, exposed at /js/blog-pager-client.js.
  9. Change the URL (var url...) in the client-side script to the URL of your node app.
  10. Save the template, load a post page. (To debug, comment out the return in bloggerPagerLog() and open the browser console.)

Known Limitations

  1. Only works with a blog export; if your blog is still getting new content, this won't read the RSS.

Enjoy! Feel free to contact me at ben at newleafdigital dot com.

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