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.