Tuesday, February 2, 2010

One Stop Blogging

First of all, if any of you do not have a blog, I am sorry.  This post is not going to be relevant to you at all.  Please come back tomorrow and I have a super cute craft that you will want to sink your teeth into.  That was a pun, tomorrow you will get it.  :-)
Works for Me Wednesday is having a theme today about blogging tips.  I am new to blogging and don’t have any tips, really.  But since my site is about sharing things I have tried, I thought I would share what I use to write my posts.  I use Windows Live Writer.  Live Writer is completely free to download (they try to get you to download a ton of other stuff with it, but you do not have to – I didn’t).  It works for Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad and others.
Here are some of my favorite things about Live Writer (other than it is FREE-yep-no cost).  Without a doubt my favorite is that when you set up your Live Writer with your blog, you set it so when you are drafting a post it will appear EXACTLY as it will on your site.  Your background is on there, your font is the same style, color, and size as your site.  Your width is exactly as it will be.  So you can see where line breaks will occur and exactly where pictures will be placed.  That makes it worth it for me right there!
    seen as is 
My second favorite feature is how easy things are to make your blog more efficient.  When posting a link you have the option (with one click) to make that link open in another window.  This way that person does not have to back their way through to get back to you.  Everyone is really into doing the “no-follow” on links, too.  Well, Live Writer gives you the option to “no-follow” a link with just the click of a mouse.  No need to look through the code and type in stuff just so.  It is all done with one click.  Oh, and you can tell it to always hyperlink certain text.  For instance it will automatically hyperlink We are THAT Family every time I type it.
                  link window
Do you love to include lots of pictures like I do?  Live Writer allows you to crop, tilt, rotate, watermark, and add effects such as making the image black and white or sepia.  You do it all right there on the draft page.  No opening new software and saving and transferring.  You can make the picture ANY size you want.  Not just small, medium, or large.  You can put it ANYWHERE in your post and see exactly where it is going to show up, not just guess.  You can hyperlink that picture, too. 
pic 1       pic 2       pic 3
Live Writer allows you to directly connect with your You Tube account to add your videos to your site.  Once again, no opening new windows and copying and pasting.
You can also add maps to your site right from the draft page.  I have not done this yet.  My content doesn’t really need a map reference.  But it is there if I need it.
When you are finished with your post, you can preview it as it would appear on your blog.  With the adds, widgets and buttons.  Just to make sure it all looks good before you publish it.
                           preview 
Once you use Live Writer to create a post, that post appears on Blogger or Wordpress, so you can manage it directly from there or on Live Writer.  In other words, you can create a post in Live Writer and publish it (or schedule it) and go directly to your dashboard online to edit it if you choose.  They are connected.  You can even edit posts that were written directly on Blogger or Wordpress (not on Live Writer initially) on Live Writer after the fact.
If and when you install it, just unclick all of the things except Live Writer.  Windows wants you to download all they have, apparently.  When it asks you if it can create a temporary post, let it.  It removes it within a second and it helps Live Writer get all of your parameters set.
You can still categorize, tag, label and schedule posts just as you would on your own dashboard.
I love Windows Live Writer.  Can you tell?  Well it works for me.  It may work for you.  Try it.
This post was linked with other blogging tips at Works for Me Wednesday on We are THAT Family
What type of blog do you have?  Blogger?  Wordpress? Typepad?  Tell us.

46 comments:

  1. You are an amazing source! I am going to go and get this for my blog right now!!!!!!! One question though - what is "no follow?"

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  2. Oh. my. goodness. I never knew anything so COOL existed. I am going to get it too!

    P.S. I still have your socks to be mailed. Just email your address to FrozenWonderland(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  3. Wowohwow!! That is all tooo cool!! Thanks so much for this fabulous tip!

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  4. The ability to work with pictures sounds very appealing! Picasa drives me nuts sometimes ;)

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  5. Wow, what an awesome tool! I'll definitely be checking that out!

    I found you on WFMW and will be back for your try and tell next week!

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  6. I have never heard of this! I love how you can select it to always link certain things. That is fabulous. Thank you!!

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  7. Thanks for such a thorough post! I am bookmarking this page! Best ever!

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  8. You are educating me! I am going to have to find the time to check that out, sounds cool!

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  9. I had no idea such a thing existed - and one of my pet peeves, is not being able to see the exact layout. Thanks Kim!!!

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  10. Great post! I have been using Live Writer, but obviously not to its fullest! I will spend tomorrow becoming better acquainted with it. Thanks!

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  11. I just downloaded Live Writer after reading this. Haven't done a post with it yet, but it looks really neat! I think I'll like.
    All the quick picture editing tools are awesome!

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  12. I LOVE this tip! I use blogger, but get really annoyed with it at times. Live Writer sounds awesome! I can't wait to try it! Thanks!

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  13. Super helpful tip. I have been using front page for my website (www.teachingheart.net) for 10 plus years. It is very old school. I just use blogger for the blog... but I need to look into Live Writer. Thanks for the tip, Kim!

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  14. Anyone know if there is something like this for Mac?

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  15. Thanks so much for this tip - I'm going to check this out! I haven't posted pictures because I haven't been motivated to figure out how to post them, and that automatic hyperlink sounds awesome - it would save so much time!

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  16. Wow...I really learned something here. You've sold me. I'm going to download it now. =)

    Thanks!

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  17. Okay, you totally convinced me to check into that, because it looks so cool.

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  18. Great tip! I downloaded Live Writer but haven't had a chance to play around with it yet. Thanks for the step by step directions. How did you get the screen shots? I can't figure that out either!

    BTW, Awesome link up yesterday! You got a great response!

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  19. That is an awesome tip! Thank you!!

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  20. Wow, is this a dream??? Is there any down side??? I can't believe this, it's like someone just gave me a huge gift of something I needed, and wanted very much, but that I didn't even know was available. I guess that someone was you! Thanks so much!

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  21. I'm with Jessica - ANYTHING LIKE THIS FOR THE MAC? I NEED this - sounds awesome.

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  22. As with everyone above, I'm downloading it and going to give it a whirl!

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  23. I totally love Live Writer! Another blogger said a little something about it in a post just on the fly.. and I have been forever thankful. Love. IT!

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  24. HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I read this post with my jaw dropped and my mouth hanging wide open the entire time! you've just explained everything I want to be able to do with my little blog!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!!!!! I feel like I should pay you for this great advice! :) (But I wouldn't go checking your mailbox anytime soon)

    THANKS!!!

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  25. I've heard lots of good things about this program. After reading this, I think I'm going to download it and give it a try with my next post. Thabnks!

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  26. Okay, I have done some internet researching and found a Mac compatible software called Ecto. I have not used this and know absolutely NOTHING about it. But I wanted to share just in case you Mac users want to look into it further. If you find any other Mac software, please let us know so we can spread the word. :-)

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  27. Thanks, Kim! I have seen mention of this, but did not realize how easy it would be to start using. I know what I'll be doing one evening soon when the kids go to bed!

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  28. I havent ever heard about this before and am so excited about it! Thanks for sharing : )

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  29. Wow! What a great idea - I just installed and I am excited to see what it will offer me!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Blessings,
    Janelle

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  30. You are full of great info! Yesterday a craft fro Jack today a craft of sorts for me!! Tahnks for sharing!

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  31. Thanks for the tip! I'm a Mac user, so I'll look for something comparable!

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  32. U are the best!! Please see my post singing your praises!!

    http://www.mamabirdnest.com/2010/02/windows-live-writer-yip-eee.html

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  33. Will it work with Mac?
    Maybe a dumb question.

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  34. Okay, so wow, now that I'm downloading it I see what you mean about unchecking all of the other nonsense it wants to add in.

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  35. I am just now beginning to blog and am very interested in the Live Writer. I am excited to get it downloaded and begin! Have not posted yet but will soon. Thanks so much for the tip. Vikki

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  36. You sold me....but I'm a mac user. I hope to find something similar for the mac soon. Great, informative post.

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  37. Sounds fantastic! Can someone share a link to the right Live Writer? I found a couple different spots to download it from, but want to make sure I am getting a free safe download. Thanks!

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  38. Thanks so much for the tip! So glad I found your blog too!

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  39. WOW!!! Thanks so very much ... after reading your post, I headed right to Live Writer and downloaded it. I've been using it for a couple of days and love it. Thank you, thank you for writing this post!!!!!

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  40. How cool my dear :), thanks as always for the heads up.

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  41. Holy Cow, that sounds great! Thanks so much for the tip! :-)

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  42. I love LiveWriter. It's great for transferring HTML code too. Some other programs interpret before they post it. That sometimes messes my post up.

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