I have actually never bothered to look more into using a desktop software to write blog posts. Back in the days (meaning a few years ago) I used Windows Live Writer in as a blog post writer, but for some reason I stopped. As of late I have searched the internet to see if there are any other software programs out there, but what I have learnt so far is that if you are running a windows computer, you are better off by using the Live Writer. And that’s what I am doing now, mostly to check out how this post will actually look like.
The internet pages I was using as a reference in order to check other blogging programs was this one and this one. I guess both sites conclude that you should only use a desktop progra, if you are a very frequent blogger, or have multiple blogs. I get the points, but using a desktop version definitely has its benefits, especially if you want to add photos, use bullet points, tables and tweak around the text somewhat. You have very limited options on the “web version”. Another cool feature with Live Writer is that you can add extensions in order to make certain things way easier, such as tags generation, screen capture, map insertion and so on.
You can also work offline and schedule posts for later, this is something I usually do and makes blogging so much easier. You write when you have time and make a schedule of when posts should appear. I usually have a few posts in the line to keep the blog “alive” (had to check the emoticon plugin ). Your posts will be stored on the computer, meaning that you can open a published post and edit it from the Live Writer. Very useful if there is a sticky post that you update on a regular basis.
OK, so now I tried the tags generator and of course I got a system error
Of course I got an error!
I have actually tried several times to get this extension to work, but it wont. What I did like however, was how easy it was to snip a print screen and add it in to the post. Moreover, there are several other useful tools to play around with the image when you have put it in the post.
Not to make this post too long, I can make a short summary with the ups and downs. I will most likely install one of the other programs as well, just to check them out.
- Text editing is way easier with fonts, paragraphs, tables, etc.
- Image editing is much easier (guess the same applies for videos too)
- You can schedule posts more easily as you don’t require internet connection and you can easily edit already published posts
- Some cool extension, even though tags generator doesn’t seem to work
- Much easier and smoother interface than from the web version
- You can also create blog pages!
- The preview doesn’t always work and is theme dependant. This means you will have to post it as draft to web and preview it there
- Live Writer is from 2012 and it seems they are not going to update it.
- You can’t use the different post formats the different themes comes with
- The “copy post” function from web doesn’t work. This is useful if you are making, i.e workout log each week with the same setup