A couple of months ago, I started using Windows Live Writer (WLW) for creating blog posts instead of the default blog editor in Blogger. I’ve been meaning to get back to you on what I thought about it. Many of you have asked about it, so here are the highlights (and one low light) in my opinion:
1. It’s Free. You can download it here and start blogging! It downloads to your PC and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to write a post. It’s totally integrated with Blogger, and publishes your posts to your Blogger blog.
2. Photo uploads. Uploading photos to Blogger can be a daunting task. It takes awhile to upload multiple photos, and it’s clunky to move them around once they are uploaded. In WLW, the upload is much faster AND you can apply effects to your pictures. Instead of tweaking your photos in Picasa or Photoshop prior to uploading, you can now apply some fun effects to your pictures right in the post editor.
Chose from many photo borders:
The advanced settings include rotate, add a watermark, and crop:
Adding a watermark to my picture:
And, add effects like B&W, color pop, and emboss on the fly!
3. Preview. You can preview what your post looks like as if it was live on your blog before you actually post it. Your blog formatting comes over to WLW, so it looks exactly the same!
4. Formatting. Do you ever have problems formatting your posts in Blogger? I do! If you ever mess with the fonts and upload pictures, then you’ve probably had this problem too. In Blogger, I’d go to preview my post and find my fonts were really huge and/or spaced out weird. This doesn’t seem to happen in WLW. It’s as easy as formatting in Word. There are more fonts to chose from too!
5. Plug-ins. WLW offers hundreds of additional plug-ins so you can customize what you’d like it to do. It’s kind of like downloading apps for your smart phone. For example, there is a Twitter plug-in that automatically tweets when ever you publish a blog post. I don’t use this, but I’ve thought about trying it out.
6. Signature. The lack of auto-signature functionality is a huge complaint of mine. I cannot find a way to save my signature to the post template! It’s really weird to me that WLW doesn’t offer a quick and easy way to do this, so if you know of a way, please share! What I have to do to get around this is copy and paste my signature code to each post. So annoying!
Overall, compared to the Blogger post editor, it’s way easier and more customizable!
Ok that’s all for now. There is a lot more to WLW, but when you download it and try it out, you’ll see. Let me know what you think!