March 24, 2011
Does the process of posting on your blog make you want to pull out your hair? How about trying to upload your photos and get everything spaced and lined up right? I’ve spent countless hours trying to fix layout problems, and lamenting on my lost picture quality, when using Blogger to write posts and upload photos.
I’ve recently started using Windows Live Writer (thanks to the fabulous suggestion of Jenni from The Story of My Life), and let me tell you, blogging is no longer a hassle! What used to take me a couple of hours to get just right, now takes me about 30 minutes.
For those of you on Wordpress, don’t worry, Windows Live Writer is compatible with your platform too.
Lucky for me, this program came already downloaded on my computer. You may already have it too, but if not you can download it for free here. I don’t believe that WLW is compatible with a Mac, but for those of you using a Mac, I would suggest using Photobucket or Flickr to upload pictures to your blog.
For those on Blogger, if you don’t want to use Windows Live Writer, I would also suggest you to use Photobucket or Flickr to upload your blog pictures. Both of these hosting sites will give you better picture quality than Blogger. Here is a tutorial for using Photobucket to upload photos to your blog.
Using Windows Live Writer
You have two options to upload photos to WLW:
1. Upload photos directly from your computer (using the insert button under the Picture icon, or the Insert tab).
2. Upload photos from the web, e.g Photobucket or Flickr (using the insert button the Picture icon, or the Insert tab).
Note: If you want to upload pictures from Flickr, you will need to download the Flickr4Writer plug in.
Uploading photos directly to WLW from your computer, allows you a wide range of customizable options– like adding borders, shadows, tilt, or even your own watermark. You can also add picture effects or make a few edits (sharpen, contrast, etc.) Be careful, if you’ve already edited your photo in another editing software, you don’t want to overdo it.) The best part, you can make the picture any size you want. Just select the photo, and either drag the picture to the size you want, or you can set specific dimensions.
I’ve added a watermark here
Or tilt your pictures and add a shadow border like this
Play around with the font, which gives you the option to use any font downloaded on your computer - like some of these free custom fonts I downloaded from Kevin & Amanda.
I love these fonts!
A little pot
Note: Just a word of advice, at tempting as it may be, try to avoid making your entire post in one of these custom fonts. You want your post to be easily readable, and if a reader has trouble making out what you’ve written, you’ve lost them.
These are just some of the creative things you can do with WLW, so does that have you curious to try it out? Go on, once you get the hang of it, you’ll never go back to the old way again