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Trying Windows Live Writer to write blog posts

This is my first post using Windows Live Writer. Here is a screenshot of the site – if you want to check it out. 
I had heard of it before – but while browsing my computer for something else, I came across the program. Much like I discovered One Note. Wow. But back to the Writer. 
I saw a mention of this somewhere. As I had upgraded my OS very recently, I thought I’d check if I already had it, and lo and behold, it was a yes! I felt like a bit of an idiot for not using it earlier and immediately started it up to see how I could. The first step was to configure it to my blog. I did that.
And here I am. (That “And” at the beginning of the sentence again! Ha!)

Curious, I wanted to see how it worked. Anything to make life easier, you know – and prettier, of course. Whether we use features or not, we always have the tendency to either want them all or at least, know about them. Much like cable TV channels – we want the hundreds of channels we will never ever see. What the heck, though. It is always nice to discover new stuff.
Some of the things I can do with Writer that’s not possible with the Blogger interface are:
  • check word count – yes!
  • the three tabs = edit, preview and source are cool
  • the preview tab allows you to preview live, on the blog – I love this
  • the source shows you the html code
  • if not inclined to publish right away, post the draft to blog
  • have access to all the editing features of MS Word More freedom.
  • Blog offline
  • Auto-correction – this is something Blogger doesn’t do yet. I like this because my mind’s a tad faster than my fingers and I make mistakes typing.
I am sure I’ll add to this list as I discover Writer more. I am still figuring out the “tags” bit.
This is only a test post to check out Writer. If it is convenient….ah well. Always ready to try new things. 
There are probably other cool tools to do all this, but since I spend time at my comp as a result of the work I do, I’ll be happy enough to use this, as I can do it offline.
Have you tried this yet? More tips? Please share!

Update: Sept 14, 2011 – I subscribe to Hellbound Bloggers’ updates by email – and was thrilled to find a post about Windows Live Writer by Amit Sharma – with some great tips – in my mailbox this morning. Here’s the link to it: SEO Right through Windows Live Writer. – makes a great continuation for this post, yeah?

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Cheers!

Vidya

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    sheila
    September 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Hmmmm I had never heard of this either… til just now reading your post! I’ll have to check it out!

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    September 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    It seems to work nicely, for now, Sheila. Sometimes I am embarrassed about all the stuff I have on my computer and my phone and never use :-). Maybe that’s why they say “necessity is the …. You know.

  • Reply
    My Inner Chick
    September 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    —Vidya,
    I am technically challenged. Just ask my kids. xxxxxxxxx

  • Reply
    Suraj
    September 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Very Nice .
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post!

  • Reply
    Unknown Mami
    September 14, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I used to be on Blogger and I started using LiveWriter to post my pictures. I think that they end up looking WAY better than if you just upload them directly to Blogger. I am now on WordPress and I still use LiveWriter to post Sundays in my City because I can set a default for how I want the pictures to look with watermark, size, and borders. It all goes so much faster. It seems like it’s just one more step, but in the end it cuts down on steps for me.

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    September 14, 2011 at 3:59 am

    @Kim – I am no guru. 😀 But its fun to discover stuff, especially when it makes life easier. And if I get stuck I can always ask Vidur. 😀

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    September 14, 2011 at 4:02 am

    @Suraj – thanks. I visited your blog and love the layout 🙂 I’ve subscribed – you’ve got some interesting things I need to read. Do keep in touch!

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    September 14, 2011 at 4:07 am

    @UM – I am yet to try out the “add pictures” feature. In fact, I felt too lazy to watermark my pictures because I imagined having to do each one manually; It gets more and more fascinating now 🙂 I loved that I could see the live preview from a tab directly. Ah, I love being blinded by technology!

    Thank you. 😀

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    September 14, 2011 at 4:09 am

    @ UM – woo hoo! I love you.

  • Reply
    Amit Sharma
    September 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks a lot Vidya ma`am for linking my post to your blog, really encourages me to write more and more such stuff..and you are a good observer too(written an article on just two days observation, that`s great) 🙂

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    September 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    @Amit – Thank you – I think your post is a great addition to mine. You’ve got a very educative blog and I look forward to lurking there!

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    Vidya Sury
    December 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

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