Monday, August 17, 2009

Making Blogging a Breeze

Windows Live Writer is an awesome  tool for blogging!

I use Live Writer to create all my blog posts. It provides more features and flexibility to make my blog more attractive and efficient. I can work on drafts without an internet connection, preview the post to see how it will look on the live blog, and I can even set the date for the blog to automatically publish.

It’s a free download that is compatible with the major blog services e.g. Blogger, TypePad, Wordpress and more….  picture menu

My favorite feature is how easy it is to resize, align, and caption photos. Live Writer also allows you to add borders and effects to photos! Just insert a photo and a tool bar will appear as shown here. The default is inline, but a drop down box allows for you to set the picture to the Right or Left and wrap text.

The next drop down box is Margins. The default is no margins, which often leads to your text running right up against the photo and ruining the appearance of the blog. Select Customize Margins and increase the margins to the Top, Bottom, Right or Left depending on how you want your photo to look.

Finally, use the third drop down box to customize a border around the photo or picture. These include photopaper, instant photo, reflection, rounded corners, solid lines, shadow, and none.

One word of caution: Windows tries to install a number of other programs with Live Writer. Be sure to read the directions carefully! Otherwise Windows will try to install multiple programs and set some of them as defaults.

If you’re a blogger, want to be a blogger, or help people with blogging…. Windows Live Writer is worth checking out!

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