This is my very first post written with Windows Live Writer–wow, what a great tool for bloggers! So easy to download and hook up to your blog…it’s been on my online to-do list for a while now! Next thing to mark off: upgrading to Firefox 2.0.
I learn all these helpful things over at MInTheGap. Wednesday Tech Help is a new feature at his site if you want to pop over there tomorrow and see his latest. He posted in September about Windows Live Writer sharing how it was created for working with Live Spaces, but that other bloghosts like Word Press, Blogger, Typepad, etc will work with it as well.
So this morning, I’m playing with this great new tool! Blogging this way couldn’t be faster, and I thought it was quick anyway at Word Press (which is why I switched from Bravenet…too many long la-bor-i-ous steps to get to a blank journal page!).
Inserting maps and pictures is just a click away…no wait whatsoever as it uploads…it goes directly into your post. Then the fun begins! You can click on options, sizes, shadow the background as I did in the above picture. You choose where to place it, whether to text wrap it or not. And it all happens instantly! I just love cool time-savers and this is one that blogging moms must have!
You can change your text color/make custom colors, spell check, write and save your drafts while offline, and publish to your blog directly from Windows Live Writer. And there’s a button in the top toolbar to the left of “Publish”. Drop it down and with a click of a button you can quickly preview what your post will look like when published to your blog. With this same button you can view the HTML code, etc.
Take it from me, and go download Windows Live Writer today!