I blog on a few different platforms - TypePad and WordPress right now. I hate my Word Press experience so much, but there's nothing to be done about it, this is what L.A. Times Travel and Deal Blog is using. I know that there are lots of Word Press fans who try to convert me, but it's useless I tell you. I've been blogging six years or so going all the way back to Greymatter. TypePad is by far my favorite of the two and the easiest to use. Blogging is supposed to be simple. You are not supposed to have to hire a guy to blog or set up your blog. If I want to hire a guy, I'm going to hire him to design me a blog on Moveable Type. (And I felt this way before I worked for Six Apart).
So, when the demo of Windows Live Writer showed me that I can blog through their admin and then it will upload it to my individual platforms I listened. I asked them to show me how the photos and the videos worked, and bingo. I was sold. I even cut their presentation short. Stop, I'm sold, I'm going to get it.
Because I use a MacBook I can't just use the Windows right off the bat. So I've been jumping through hoops to get to the point where I can use Windows Live Writer. First I downloaded VMWare Fusion, and last night I went to Frys and bought the Windows XP (was cautioned against getting Vista). Today I'll try to set it up. Chris Parillo raves about VMWare Fusion for using Windows on Macs. The Apple store guy had tried to sell me Leopard and to use the Windows with Boot Camp. I'll try it the VMWare Fusion way first.
Hopefully this will all get set up nice and easy. John was scared to have me try to install it all myself and begged me to wait for Harold to get into town next week to help me. Next week? Um no. Harold said go for it and confirmed that the way I was thinking of doing it was the way to go. Husbands. ;-)
I'll let you know how it goes. I am fully expecting Windows Live Writer to be the big blogger's hero - at least in my world - and I hope I'm right. (I'd never paid attention to other desktop blog editors before).
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