I want to share a little secret with you all. I currently use Blogger to host my blog, but I never write any of my posts using their services. I write and publish all of my posts using Windows Live Writer.
Windows Live Writer (WLW) is one of the easiest ways to write and publish a blog post. And the best part about it is, you can publish the posts you write to any blog service provider. Whether you use Blogger, Word Press, or Type Pad, you can use WLW to write your post and publish it to your blog.
You might be wondering what is so great about WLW, or why you would want use another service to write posts and publish them to your blog, so I am going to tell you why 5 reasons why I think it’s so great.
1. WLW makes uploading pictures to your blog posts incredibly easy.
At the top of your tool bar you have a tab that says INSERT. Under that tab you can add hyperlinks, pictures, video, html code, etc. And it takes seconds, not minutes for your pictures to appear.
Once your picture is uploaded you can resize it, crop it, add a watermark, link it to a source, rotate it (though WLW automatically rotates all of your pictures to show correctly, another plus), and add effects (such as brighten, add contrast, etc.)
2. You can change your font, font size, or color. And it doesn’t just give you a few choices, there are a ton to choose from.
3. You can manage more than one blog using WLW. So if you have multiple blogs, like some talented bloggers I know, then you can write and publish for each blog using WLW. I have Always In Wonder as my only account, but if I ever decide to start up another blog I can easily add it to my accounts.
4. You can preview any of your posts before you publish them to your blog. Just hit the preview button and WLW will open a new window so you can see exactly what your post will look like before you publish it.
5. You can publish the blog posts you write immediately, post the draft to your blog, or even set a specific date of when you want the post to go live.
I know it’s a short list, and there are probably a ton of other advantages to using Windows Live Writer, but hopefully you guys are interested in checking it out. It’s easy to use, and FREE to download. Plus, if you already use WLW, I’d love to hear about any other advantages you guys have found while using it.