Blogging with Windows Live Writer

The following post is from Stephanie of BizzieMommy.com:

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The hardest thing about blogging is writing my posts in Microsoft Word, then copy/pasting them into a text editor to remove the “extra” code and then copy/pasting again into WordPress or any other blogging software. I write for multiple blogs so having to do this everyday for every post is a bit daunting. Not to mention having to log into each site to paste and schedule the articles.

Last week I stumbled on Windows Live Writer, a blogging tool you install onto your computer that lets you write and post articles to your blog, without having to go into the blog admin itself, and I’ve been using it ever since.

The set up is easy. All you have to do is enter in your blog details (address, username, password), and you’re good to go. You can even have it read your CSS to make it easier to write your article in a “what you see is what you get” format. You can add hyperlinks, pictures and photo albums as well as tables, maps and videos. They are constantly adding plug-ins for things like Twitter and Zemanta.

Here are some of the great features available.

  • Upload videos easily from your PC to Soapbox on MSN Video or YouTube. Load them into your blog in just 3 clicks without ever opening a Web browser or exiting Writer.
  • Windows Live Writer makes it easy to publish to most popular blog services, including Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, Moveable Type, Community Server, and more.
  • If you can use Microsoft Word, you’re ready to get started with Writer. The familiar interface lets you format blog entries without wasting time learning how to use new features.
  • Schedule posts to publish on a future date so you can plan for new entries even if you won’t be online. Or compose your blog entries offline, and then publish them when you’re back online.
  • Windows Live Writer detects your blog theme and displays it while you compose and edit, so you can see how your blog post will look before you publish it. Inserted photos, video links, maps, tags, and other rich media are automatically published when you post.

One of the things I like about Windows Live Writer is that I don’t need an internet connection to write my posts. I can do everything on my computer and schedule all the posts at a later date. I can also write posts from any of my blogs within Windows Live Writer without having to physically go into the blog admin.

Where do you compose your blog posts? What tools do you use to make blogging easier?

Stephanie Elie balances 2 jobs, 2 kids, 2 blogs and a husband and loves every bit of it. Stephanie is the author of BizzieMommy.com, and you will never find this LA tech junkie without her iPhone, Canon DSLR and laptop, all dressed in her favorite color, Pink.

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