Mini Post: Windows Live Writer or BlogDesk?

by Annie on February 16, 2009 · 5 comments

in Healthy Living

I usually write my posts offline. When I first start blogging, I would write my posts on Word, then copy and paste the text to Blogger. When I switch to WordPress, I would copy and paste the text to the WordPress Editor.

That method worked fine, except that sometimes the style of my text on a few of my posts do not end up looking like the way they should. The reason is that Word often insert its own styling to the text. And when I am in a hurry, I do not remember to check for it in the html view. So I have a few posts on my blog that are styled a little differently than the rest. But with over 150 posts up on my site, I find it a little too daunting to check each of them to correct the styling.

I started using Windows Live Writer last year. I like it, but like most Microsoft products, it takes a little too long to open the program on my old laptop. There is a little bit too much under the engine for someone who deals mostly with text like me. There are plugins for Adsense, Amazon links, etc. And so I often find myself wondering if there is something simpler out there.

Since last month, I stated using BlogDesk to write my posts. This program is just a simple editor. I like how easy it is to use the program. But I do not like the fact that it does not check your spelling for you as you write (you can forget about grammar check). I actually have move my mouse and click on the little spell check button on the menu bar. And being a little on the lazy side, well, that is a problem for me.

So here I am jumping between Windows Live Writer and BlogDesk depending on my mood each time I write. Sometimes I even start a post in one program and copy and paste the text to the other program before I hit the publish button. What a waste of time!

Do any other blogger have this problem? Or is just me?

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sagan February 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

Interesting, I’ve never tried either of those… I’ll have to check them out!

Sagans last blog post……Life Lessons: Aikido Part Two


asithi February 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

@Sagan – Let me know which one (if any) you end up liking. I would like you opinion. Maybe it might help me with making up my mind.


The Passive Dad February 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I tried writing offline but found that I was more organized when writing directly in wordpress. I guess if I was writing in a library or at a coffee shop that didn’t have wifi I would use word. But having kids doesn’t allow me of my dream to write at a coffee shop. Someday :)


asithi February 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm

@ The Passive Dad – When I was between jobs in 2006, I spend a lot of time at the coffee shop with my laptop. I love it. The freedom away from following a daily work routine. But then again, I think it was partially due to the fact that I was not worry about money. Between the cash out of my vacation and my savings, I was able to spend a month just hanging out while I wait for my new job to start.

I have a confession to make. Writing offline is so important to me because …… I still use dial up for my internet connection. I am blushing as I write this. I live in an older neighborhood where DSL is not an option. That leaves either cable or satellite at $60 a month. Being the typical frugal engineer, there is no way I am going to pay that much for internet! So I pay my $10 a month and always have a magazine next to my computer when I am doing something on the internet. Well, at least I get a chance to catch up with my magazine subscriptions this way. Thanks for the comment Scott!


Rakesh Narang June 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

i am using blogdesk but now would be switching to windows live writer because i need a program that could check and correct my grammar errors as well.

nice post btw!


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