How To Backdate Medium Posts
According to this help article Medium can import blog posts and keep the original post dates. But, if you write (or copy & paste) the article into medium the date of the post will be the day you click ‘publish’. There is NO WAY to backdate a post a written post. Only by using ‘Import Story’ can you keep an original date.
I wanted to back-port all my blog posts into Medium and keep the original post dates. But, I don’t use WordPress for my blog. I use Jekyll and I control the layout but I didn’t know what to add.
The help article says it uses the original published date found in the meta-data. I assumed this meant meta-data tag in the <head> of the html. But, in WordPress there is no `publish date` in the head meta. This confused me.
The term `meta-data` is referring to a specific class on a div in the html.
I changed the date section of my layout to the following:
Posted on <span class=”updated”>Jan 15, 2016</span>
Upon doing this the article then retains it’s original date.
Note: Medium does some type of caching of imported articles. If you import an article without the `postmetadata`, then delete it, add the `postmetadata` and then import it again, the date will not be there.