Since I do a lot of writing for the Internet I wanted to find a way to streamline publishing and I think I’ve found an answer in Windows Live Writer. It’s a free download and it’s made exactly for bloggers.
I have to add that I spent a few HOURS trying to get Word 2010 to do it. It’s supposed to, but if it doesn’t work right off, there’s pitiful support for unexplained errors. I was able to get it to recognize my blog but there are some weird problems with categories that chokes it.
I gave up and went to Windows Live Writer and after just one bump in the road, I got it going and am writing using it right now.
For the person who hits the same bump, here’s the deal:
- You want Live Writer to download your site theme so you can see what your post will look like as you write it and you are using Wordpress.
- However, the download times out…no theme downloaded.
- Here’s the problem: you have a static front page. Live Writer is doing a temporary post, looking at your front page to see it, and then downloading the theme. Since it isn’t seeing the temporary post when it goes to the site, it times out and gives up.
- Solution: temporarily change the front page to show new posts. (Settings>Reading)
I got a lot of help on this at: http://drupal.org/node/742468