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I have had a lot of my blogging buddies ask what I use to write my blog posts. With the number of blogs I am posting to, I have found Windows Live Writer to be one of the most useful tools loaded on my poor little overworked computer. Live Writer has a number of plug-ins that have been very helpful to me. Best of all it’s all free, just what I can afford, simple to download and install, and very very useful.
Why I love using Live Writer, is that I can manage all of my blogs from the one program. I don’t even have to be on the internet if I don’t want to, Except for a few of the plug ins. The program organizes all your posts, and helps maintain an easily accessible and editable archive. Best of all, I don’t have to deal with the on line editor that I’m not at all satisfied with. Live Writer has a complete set formatting capabilities, and you can edit the page HTML if you chose also. It is compatible with most popular blogging platforms, including Blogger. You can manage scheduled posts, tags, and recently posted articles. One of the functions I hope to start using more of is the local drafts. I can create a whole series of articles, and save them on my computer for posting at a future time. The new version even has a Twitter update function that automatically posts a tweet for you.
The plug in I use most often is Zemanta. The cool, sometimes beautiful pictures you see in the top left of the posts, except for the Friday’s Fantasy, are a result of Zemanta. As you write your article, the plug in examines your content, and suggests pictures that may help illustrate what your writing about. It shows the Creative Commons license for the picture, and provides the source in a link for attribution. It also lists a series of related articles that you may wish to show a link to. You can visit the link before you add it, to be sure it’s relevant, then just click and zip-zap, it’s automatically inserted at the end of your post. Zemanta also provides recommended links, The Creative Commons link above was suggested by the program. Overall it’s a wonderful plug in to help dress up your articles. Some other plug ins I use regularly are, Flikr Image, Video Insert, Picture Insert, Polaroid, Quotations, and SnagIt Screen Capture.
If you write blog articles frequently, or even just every once in a while, I would recommend downloading Live Writer. You’ll thank yourself for the time and effort saving, free program before long.
Quote of the day:
I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed. - James Thurber