October 3, 2010

Alternative to the Blogger Editor

blogger editor makes me cry

On frequent occasions, my knickers have gotten in a twist by using the Blogger editor. When I insert multiple photos in a post (e.g., more than one and not at the very beginning), the formatting goes wonky. And the more that I try to fix it, the editor intervenes and manages to makes things worse. There have been many times that I have just plain given up, deleted my draft, and started all over again. I have used the old editor and the new one. They both give me fits. And it doesn’t matter if I am trying to upload photos from my computer (which go to Picasa) or link to my finer, artsy images loaded on Flickr. I know that other blogging friends have had frustrating moments with the editor too, so the problems are not of my own creation.

So what’s a blogger to do?  Answer: Find another way that doesn’t force me to curse like a longshoreman. After doing a little research, I learned that Windows Live Writer might be a good solution. I downloaded it from Microsoft (free) and tested it out several times this summer. For about the last month, I have been posting exclusively using Live Writer. I love it! It makes the creation and editing of blog posts so much easier. It was a snap to get it linked up with my blog site. I recently added a nifty plug-in (also free) which helps me easily link up to my Flickr pictures too. For pictures that I upload from my computer, Live Writer puts those automatically in Picasa.

And just so you know, I am providing this review of a Microsoft product with no compensation, LOL. If you’re happy with the Blogger editor, that’s wonderful. But I have been dissatisfied with it from the very beginning. I am relieved that I found an alternative tool that will help me post with minimum muss and fuss. The 2011 version of Live Writer just came out a couple of days ago, and it is better than ever with formatting options that are unavailable with the Blogger editor.  It even has some built-in photo editing features!

One word of advice: If you download the program, chose the custom installation rather than the default, which is a bundled conglomerate of Windows Live Essential programs. You need to select the installation of only Live Writer.


  1. bless you donna! i have been wondering what that was. but also been too afraid to touch it. i had an awful virus and all kinds of problems with blogger and blogging for the longest time. now that i finally, at least think i found a solution-- aside from posting any photos-- or at least arranging them, i didn't want to mess with what i thought to be a 'good thing'.
    i will have to test drive this and see how it goes for me.
    hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. This is what I do for images that aren't my own. Right click on the image I want to place in my post. Right click again in my post to paste it where I want it. It's very easy. For my own images, I haven't had any trouble, sorry that you have.

  3. This makes me glad I decided against blogging with Blogger and went with Squarespace, back in the beginning. Although I pay a nominal monthly fee for my blog, it has more storage than I could ever use and their editing process is very easy. Of course, everything became easier still when I switched to an iMac last winter! I'm glad you've figured out a way to remove this particular frustration from the blogging experience because we sure don't want you to quit blogging.

  4. Oh yes, I've had problems with blogger editor. I've also deleted posts and started over because of problems I couldn't fix. Thank you so much for sharing this information, I'll have to look into it

  5. I haven't used Blogger editor for several months since a blog friend recommended Live Writer. I love the way it helps me 'all my ducks in a row' and is simple to transfer to my blog. Unfortunately I didn't know I could do the custom thing so got a whole bunch of extras on my laptop. Trying to get rid of them is impossible! Looking forward to more posts from you!

  6. I tried this one and didn't get along with it either. I think that I'm very hard to get along with. I hope that Aunt Amelia reads this as she has been having such troubles.

  7. Unfortunately I couldn't download it. Sounded great, as I also have been having problems. I'm still using Windows XP. Thank you for the advice!

  8. Thank you Donna, but I am on a Mac. Can not use Bill Gates stuff.

    And I do love my Mac, btw. We both do. I have an iMac and husband has a newer LapTop.

    I'll just have to keep plugging along. :-) Back to Old Editor for now. Check New Editor now and then, to see if it's got the "Beta-bugs" out yet.

    But I wonder when Blogger will reallllllllllllly switch all, to New? Betcha' not till bloggers keep helping, to get all the "Beta-bugs" out. And I am no longer doing Blogger work for them.

  9. I haven't had any problems yet...(knock on wood) and hopefully I won't! Livewriter does sound interesting though! I may check it out anyway!
    Hope you and hubby DO get out more! LOVE your photos!!Hahaaa...I'm selfish that way!!
    Happy 27th Day sweetie!!

  10. I had seen the Live Writer and was wondering about it because blogger does give me fits. I have several drafts that are yet to be published because the crazy thing doesn't cooperate.
    Thanks for the information, now if I can only slow down long enough to try it out!


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