07 November 2010

Scrappy Genealogist Learns to Blog – Blogging Made Easier with Windows Live Writer

Getting set up to blog with Blogger is quite easy. Happily I even figured out how to insert a blog banner in a size that fit my blog. After creating my masterpiece in Photoshop Elements and finding that the original seven inch wide banner was far too big, I resized it to a tiny three inches wide by one inch tall. It fit perfectly!

Finding an alternative way to create blog posts has been far more challenging. As you might guess from my love of photos and scrapbooks, I am a visual person and like to play around with how things look. The blog writer in Blogger is quite adequate, but didn’t offer me enough variety and is a bit cumbersome when it comes to adding images. I noticed that Microsoft Word 2007 has an option to create blog posts which includes an assortment of features for presenting images in different creative ways. More importantly there is the option to just click a button to post your blog to your choice of blog service providers. Great, I thought, I can write, edit and enhance my blog posts right here in Word, then upload them to Blogger, easy as that!

Actually it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. The trouble began after I spent quite a long time writing my first Photo Clues post about the Glasgow postcard. Microsoft Word 2007 would not allow me to connect to Blogger. After spending much of  a frustrating day reading all I could find about the issue on both Microsoft help and Blogger help, I came to the conclusion that the situation is beyond help. It seems there must be some kind of incompatibility, which is beyond my limited technological ability. Even copying from the Microsoft Word and pasting into Blogger did not work. Blogger was unable to save the text without errors. One commenter in the help section mentioned using Windows Live Writer, so off I went to check it out.

Windows Live Writer 2011 is now a locked item on my task bar. I love it! It is a free application which you can download at explore.live.com. It is part of Windows Live Essentials, which means there are a lot of other components that will download with it unless you deselect them. I only wanted Writer as I already have photo editing software installed on my computer so I unchecked all of the other options, but some of them did look useful. After downloading and opening the new program, it was a simple matter of logging in to my blogger account and I was ready to go!

There are two options for publishing from Windows Live Writer 2011. Publish to the blog or publish as a draft. I highly recommend publishing as a draft. There were a couple of things I needed to do once I got into Blogger itself, one of which was returning the paragraph space breaks which had disappeared upon upload. Overall I am very pleased with the added versatility and cost (free) of Windows Live Writer and will be exclusively using it to create my blog posts, unless of course I am blogging from a strange computer, which could happen.

Hope this was helpful!

Scrappy Gen

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave your comments, ideas and suggestions. Your thoughts are important to me.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


#apgen 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy 97th General Hospital Adobe Photoshop Elements Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Album Analysis Ancestral Ancestry Android Apps Archive Army Association of Professional Genealogists atDNA Bailey Beginning Genealogy Bichon Frise Blog award Blogging Book Review Brainard Brisk Bristol Bristol CT Bubba Bubbaisms Bubbie Burrell Butzbach Carnival of Genealogy Cemetery Certification Christmas citations Civil War Clift collaboration community conference Conferences Connecticut connection Correlation December Dell Streak derivative Digital Digital Images DNA Documenting Sources Dropbox ebay education Evidence evience Family Family Finder Family History Family History Centers Family History Story Family Tree FamilyTreeDNA Favorite Photo Fearless Females feedly Feeds Feldman Fishing for Family Fishing Friday Food Footnote Friday Footnotes Forenames FotoBridge Foxboro MA Frankfurt Freshford Kilkenny Ireland Genbank Geneadaddybloggers Genealogical Genealogical Education Genealogical Goodness Genealogical Organization Genealogical Proof Genealogical Proof Standard Genealogical Research Genealogical Serendipity Genealogical Success Genealogist genealogy Genealogy Beginner genealogy conference Genealogy Resources Geneamommybloggers GeneaScrappers Genetic Genealogy Germans Germany Gift Gift Idea Ginter Giveaway Glasgow Goals Going In-Depth Google Google Books Google Reader Grace Gravestone Gremley Hammond Hanukkah haplogroup Haplogroup W Heritage Hill History Holidays Holocaust Homes Horse IAJGS Image editing Images immigrant immigration indeterminable information Interviews Ireland Irish Jewish Jewish Genealogy Kiesel Kindle Kindle Fire Kindle Fire HD Lamb Learning to Blog Learns to Blog letters LibraryThing Maps Mary Massachusetts Melting Pot Memorials MGP Study Group 2 Michigan Microfilm Military Military Monday Minsk Motor Torpedo Boat MTB mtDNA Murtagh Murtaugh Music My Girls Mystery Photo Mystic NARA Navy NERGC New England New Year New York New York City Newspapers NGS Nook Color Northern Ireland Norwich CT Notes Old Photos Organization original Passover Photo Photo Clues Photo Edits Photo Organization Photo Preservation Photo Repair Photo Scanning Photograph Photographing Photographs Phylotree Places Plock Poland Polish Ponce Portsmouth NH Postcard Posterity primary information privacy ProQuest Providence Prussia Prussians pt boat Questions Reader Real Life reasonably exhaustive search Recording records reference notes Relatives Remembering Research Research Trip Resources reverb10 Revere Revere MA Riga Latvia Russia Salt Lake City Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Saturday Stars Scanning Photos Scanning Slides Scrapbook Scrapbook Sunday Scrapbooking Scrapook Screen-O-Matic Second Life secondary information Secret Sentimental Sephardic Sephardic Jews Sharing Memories Shoer SLIG Smith social media Somerville MA source Sources Spanish Inquisition Speaking Spring Stonington Stonington CT Stories Story Sumbeg Surnames Tablet Tablets Tech Tuesday Technology Technorati Temple Israel Temple Jacob Thanksgiving The In-Depth Genealogist thorough research Tombstone Tuesday Traditions Transcription Travers Tree Tuesday's Tip UGA Utah Utah Genealogical Assocation Veterans Day Video Virtual GeneaScrappers Vistula Vital Records Washington DC Webinar Websites Weddings Windows Live Writer Wlh Wloclawek Wordless Wednesday World War I World War II Writing yDNA Yearbooks York ME Your Family Tree Magazine YouTube Zayde Zemanta Zinio