Windows Live Writer: What Took Me So Long?

I’m always the last person on the blogging block to install plugins or software. I don’t immediately join social networking and media sites and know nothing about modifying my template. It’s not laziness, mind you. I’m just rather confused when it comes to technical matters. In order to make any sort of changes I have to consult various online glossaries and tutorials and call in favors from a few teenaged nephews. In addition to said consulting of nephew and glossaries, it’s not always easy for me to find time to research products, services and sites. Lame, I know. But I’m getting better.

Which brings me to my point, and yes, I have one.

I could kick myself for waiting so long to use an offline editor. A few years ago I tried Qumana but it was too buggy and I was prone to regular crashes and other computer calamities.I promptly forgot about using an offline blog editor. Posting via the WordPress dashboard is fine, but since I maintain about 9 blogs, I need something to help me manage things a bit better. While at Blog World Expo, everyone and his brother recommended I try Windows Live Writer. I made a mental note to check it out and promptly forgot. Obviously I’m a person who needs to write stuff down.

A couple of weeks ago the subject of offline blog editors came up again and I decided to give it a whirl. I downloaded Windows Live Writer and my life has changed for the better. Here’s why I’m singing its praises:

It’s easy to install: No teenagers were employed to assist in this installation. I did it all by myself. Me. I didn’t consult manuals or call in the Army Corp of Engineers. If I can do this, you can too.

I don’t have to switch dashboards. All my blogs are on the same dashboard. Now, there was the time I forgot to change blogs on the drop down menu and ended up with my Freelance Writing Jobs post appearing at Celebrity Cowboy, but hey, who says gossip mongers couldn’t benefit from a few writing tips?

I can blog offline. With an offline blog editor, I can blog anywhere I want and set the time stamp to post whenever. This is the main reason I employed Windows Live Writer. I wanted to be able to post ahead for the holidays and actually take time off while on vacation.

One of the things I like best about Windows Live Writer is the video embedding feature. Pre-offline editor, I embedded videos directly onto the WordPress dash, I couldn’t come back and edit the post or the code would go all wonky. For someone as technically challenged as me, this was a major frustration. The video embedding feature in this editor allows me to embed and edit to my heart’s content.

It’s only been a couple of weeks, but so far I have no complaints. Using an offline editor is much more convenient than switching from blog to blog. Uploading photos and embedding videos is a snap and I can play around with design options without breaking anything.

Tell me, do you use an offline blog editor? If so, which one and why?


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