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Use Live Writer to Create your Blogger Blog Posts

To use Blogger, you must be online.  Every time we teach this class, someone asks, “Can I create the blog post when I’m offline?”  No.  Blogger is a web-based system.  However, there is this nifty little free program called  Microsoft Live Writer that works with Blogger. It allows you to create posts offline and simply upload them the next time you have a connection. Even when you are online, you may find you prefer to use Live Writer because of it’s many features.  It’s almost always faster to create a blog post offline than it is to work online.

With Live Writer you can Create Tables


Using Windows Live Writer is similar to using Word.  For example, there is an insert Table button in Live Writer so you can easily create a visual list like the table below.  To do this using Blogger, you would need to know how to write HTML.  In Live Writer, you just click on the Insert Table command and specify how many columns!  If you need to change the column widths, you just drag the edges.  If you need to add or delete a row or column, use the Table Layout commands.

Example Table columnar text:

Month States Visited Miles Driven
April, 2013 Florida 862
May, 2013 Alabama, Mississippi,  Louisiana, Texas, Colorado 2,257
June, 2013 Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota 863


Use a Table to position pictures:

Column 1George, Tom, Teddy, and Abe

Column 2
Texas road north of Amarillo

Column 3
Our site at Florida Caverns State Park


More Reasons to Use Live Writer

  1. With Live Writer you Always have a Backup. Since Live Writer composes your posts on your computer instead of in the Cloud, you have an automatic backup of all your blog posts, including the pictures. 
  2. Live Writer will Upload your PIctures and Resize them.  No need to resize your pictures first.  When a picture is inserted into your blog post using Live Writer, what you see is what you get.  A large image will initially display very large, but you can set the size either by entering the number of pixels you want, or by dragging the edges of the picture.  When you click the ‘Publish’ button, Live Writer takes care of uploading the picture to the proper place for your blog.
  3. Live Writer can Publish the Same Post to Multiple Blogs.  I have a personal blog, and a business blog.  Sometimes I have the same thing to say in both of them.  I write the post using Live Writer and post first to the personal blog, then I change the setting in Live Writer to direct it to the business blog.  All I have to do is click ‘Publish’ again!  I usually make a few edits before re-publishing but it is oh-so much easier than a bunch of copy and paste operations.
  4. Plugins.  There are features that can be added to Live Writer by installing plugins.  Like inserting pictures directly from your Picasa Web Albums, or

If you’re a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch the video: Using Live Writer to Write Posts Offline.  It was recorded using an earlier version of Live Writer (it’s up to version 2012 now), so the screens look different, but the functions are the same.

Travel Blogs and Travel Maps

by Chris Guld, www.GeeksOnTour.com

A map from George's Blog: Vagabonders Supreme
A map from George’s Blog: Vagabonders Supreme

A travel blog without a map is like cake without icing!  It’s good, but not as good as it should be.  And, sometimes don’t you just want the icing!  A travel map can give your readers everything they want to know.  Then, if they want more, they can click on a marker and follow the links to your blog posts!

I wrote about making a custom map in this past post: Custom Maps with Google Maps

I was recently reminded of just how effective this can be when I received an email from my friend George, of the famous 🙂 Vagabonders-Supreme.net travel blog.  He sent me the email to show me what he learned from our videos. And, what a great job he did!

Maps as a Blog Navigation Tool

George has been keeping his travel blog since 2003 and has recently added a map of each year’s journey so you can get an overview.  Then, for each marker he links to an appropriate Blog post. The map at the beginning of this page is his 2004 travels, the one below is 2005.  2006 is almost done and, if I know him, he won’t stop until he’s current right thru 2010!



You can see all of his maps on his ‘Archives’ page.

The tutorials referred to can be found at the Geeks on Tour Google Earth and Maps page.  Some are free, some require a membership.

Windows Live Writer

If you want to put a map into a particular blog post, I find Windows Live Writer even easier.  Since I started using Live Writer for all my blog post writing (even this one at RV.net) I spend about half the time I used to when I used the native blogging software (Blogger or WordPress.)  Here’s a free video showing you how it works: