I am in the process of moving my blog from a self-hosted WordPress.org 3.1 installation to WordPress.com. Here's what I have done so far:
1) Exported XML file from WordPress.org blog -- selected 'All content' option.
2) Created a fresh WordPress.com blog and imported the XML file.
During the import, something tripped the WordPress.com spam alert, and my new WordPress.com blog was briefly deactivated. I contacted Support, and the blog was reactivated within minutes.
However, I was under the impression that the import function would access my old blog site and copy over all the image files I'd had displayed in my posts. This has not happened. The images do display in my new WordPress.com blog, but they are the files hosted at my old self-hosted blog. When I shut down that hosting contract, all the images will vanish.
Did I do something wrong in the import, or did I simply misunderstand what the import function on WordPress.com is capable of doing?
The blog I need help with is geekman2185.wordpress.com.