Saturday, January 22, 2011

A better way to blog

Well, I’ve been wanting an offline blog editor for quite sometime, and hadn’t really seen anything out from Google, owners of, that fit the bill.

Then, I found Microsoft’s Live Writer.

This free utility is part of the Live Essentials library of tools that Microsoft has out on the net for free. It works seamlessly with just about every major blogging website out there, including blogger.

This entry, for example, was written with Live Writer.

I’ve discovered thanks to its layout system that I can write journal entries 4x as faster than I was before using Blogger’s online editor. Case in point, I just posted a four part trip entry about the Mt. Hood Railroad in the time it normally takes me to write up entry using the on-page editor.

The blog entry looks like its finished product as you compose it.

Plus it has one thing I’ve always been after, an offline editor. It caches everything from your blog and any pictures you’ve linked locally so that you can continue to compose even when the Wi-Fi is not working.

One button publishing to effortlessly post your newest work to your blog.

So, my fellow bloggers, I humbly recommend trying out this free tool. It may take a little getting used to, but the learning curve is low and once you experience it, you won’t want to to blog via browser again.


  1. I've been using Live Writer for awhile now and love it! Sometimes Microsoft really gets it right. ;)


  2. Microsoft really seems to have been on the ball ever since Windows 7 was created. I find LiveWriter to be such an improvement over on-site editing.

    Soon as I have more time, I have tons more adventures in the archives to post up :).

  3. Very interesting. I am going to pass this post along to friends who are writing from the road.