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The Best Blog Post Writer

Update 2020: This post is now outdated and archived, but feel free to read it to remember what it was like. ?

Are you still using WordPress administration area to write your blog posts? If so, it is time for a change. There is a writer which is much better than WordPress. That is, Windows Live Writer. To me, it is the best tool for writing blog posts. And here are the reasons.

Uses the look of your blog to write

When you set up your blog in Windows Live Writer, it will detect the layout of your blog – the font, the colors, and the theme. After that, you can write in your blog layout. Isn’t that cool? 8) writerwritingpost
If you changed the layout of your theme, click View >> Refresh theme to refresh the layout in Writer. If you do not, you won’t be able to write in your newest layout, but can still write & publish posts.

Pictures Editing

To insert the pictures into your post, click Insert >> Picture…. Then, you can insert the picture from file, or the web. After you have finished inserting, you can edit them and give them effects. Writer has many effects that can be done to your photo. WLWTabs pictureditIf you select a picture you have inserted, 3 tabs and its options will appear in the sidebar. In the ‘Picture’ tab, you can choose the text wrapping of the picture, its margins, its borders, and where it links to. In the borders drop-down list, you can choose kinds of borders for your picture, such as drop shadow, instant photo, photopaper, reflection, rounded corners, 1 or 3 pixels borders, no borders at all, or use the style of your layout.pictureedit2 In the ‘Advanced’ tab, you can resize the image, rotate it, adjust its brightness and contrast, crop it, tilt it, and even give it a watermark. pictureedit3In the ‘Effects’ tab, you can give the picture kinds of cool features 8) . Those include black and white, sepia tone, adjust temperature, color pop, sharpen, Gaussian blue, and emboss. If you want to remove an effect simply click the red ‘minus’ button.

Uploads pictures easily

After you have inserted the pictures in there, just click ‘Publish’ near the top left, and the publishing progress would appear. But it just takes a little more longer, though. But, you can also configure an FTP client to upload the pictures. Click Blogs >> Edit blog settings >> Pictures and from there, you can configure the client.

Blog Switching

If you have two blogs or more, don’t worry. Writer lets you switch your blogs easily. To add a blog account into Writer, click Blogs >> Add blog account…. Then, you set up your other blog. To switch, click Blogs >> (The the title of your blog). You then can write on the blog you’ve selected. The layout would also change according to your blog.

Properties editing

Writer also lets you edit the properties of the post, such as its categories, publish date, tags, slug, author, excerpt, password (if you want to keep it private), and trackbacks. To show all of the options, you have to click the ‘Show Properties’ button. properties1 After that, the properties will show. properties2

Inserting Videos

Writer lets you insert videos to the post via YouTube or SoapBox. Click Insert >> Video… andinsert then, choose the service you want, and enter the details. After that, a window asking for your username and password will appear. And after you click that, the video would be inserted into the post, but in the process of being uploaded.

Other Things I Like About Windows Live Writer

If you have published a post via Writer, and you want to edit it again, Writer will retrieve it from your blog, in case you made changes to that post using another tool. This is so you can edit the latest version of the post. If Windows Live Writer is unable to retrieve it, it would open the draft saved on your computer instead. You can write posts offline. This is useful when my internet connection is experiencing problems. Also, you can change the color of the interface of Writer by clicking the brush icon, and then selecting the desired color. wlwbar However, Writer only works if you enable XML-RPC. To do that, go to your WordPress Administration Area >> Settings >> Writing. publishingwlw Setting your blog up in Writer is just a piece of cake – First, you have to choose what blog service you use. Then, you have to enter the URL and your username and password. After that, Writer will do everything, including detecting your layout. Windows Live Writer simply makes writing blog posts much easier. I love it, and you would love it too. It is like one of the blogging tools I can’t live without. Get it now! Pssst…It’s completely free.

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Actions to Consider Before You Publish a Post

The post is done. The ‘publish’ button is going to be hit… Wait! There are still some things to do – things that would make the post better. In this post, you will learn the things you should to do before you publish you post.

Check Your Post

Before I hit the ‘publish’ button, I always checked for misspellings.

Misspellings are ridiculous. Although most writers check your spelling, they don’t check miss-misspellings. Miss-misspellings is a word I made up, which means instead of typing bet, you type vet. The spelling is correct, but the meaning is wrong.

Make sure the message is delivered properly and clearly

Write posts that everyone, not only you, can understand. Make sure the message is delivered in a way that all your readers find clear. Add more details to the part your readers might not understand.

Avoid using very complicated English and too many idioms. Not everyone is an English expert.

"Could this post be improved?"

Before publishing, I always ask myself, "Could this post be improved?" I then add more information that can improve my post, making it clearer or simply giving my readers some ‘extra knowledge’. I delete unnecessary information.

If you can find a picture, you can also add it to a post, as long as it describes the post.

Imagine you are the reader

After I added more information and modified the parts, I see myself as the reader. I pretend I didn’t read the post before. I then read it. If I find something offensive, not clear enough, or need more details and advice, I modify the post so that my readers wouldn’t find any problems reading the post.

Then, I read it again, and see if the post is okay.

Don’t publish it yet?

The longer a post stays, the more it can be improved, and the better it will be. The reason I put a question mark above is because if you really think your post is ready to be published, you can go on with the publishing. But if you leave your post for further improving, it will be better.

For example, you finished writing a post in the morning, and improved ‘all’ the parts that could be improved, but you decided to leave it unpublished for further study. At evening, you read your post again, with new eyes, and found more parts of the post that can be improved.

The reason you see your post with ‘new eyes’ is because after you finished writing a post, all you are focused on is your post, and your brain gets a little tired. After quite some time, your brain will get a little rest, learn new things, refresh itself, etc. When you come to your post again, your brain will have new ideas; new things that improve your post.

This is recommended if you are writing your best post ever.

If you are unsure whether a post is to be published, it is best to leave it in the workplace for further reading. But if you simply leave the post in your workplace, and do not improve it, the post would not get better.

Conclusion

If I already clicked publish before you do the actions above, the post would be good. But wouldn’t it be better if I did all the things above? I hope this post will inspire you and make you a better blogger 😉 .

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How to Summarize Your Posts (and why you should)

Update 2020: This post is now outdated and archived, but feel free to read it to remember what it was like. ?

As you can see, some of my posts have a ‘continue reading’ link in them. Those posts are summarized, which means only the top part of the post is shown. If you want to read the rest of it, click the ‘continue reading’ link. You will be taken to the post permalink where you can continue reading.

A permalink is the address of a blog post. No other posts will show there. The title of a post links to its permalink.

If your readers click on the ‘continue reading’ link in the post, they will go to its permalink, where the whole post is shown. The readers won’t see the ‘continue reading’ link in the post permalink.

In this post, you will learn why you should put the ‘read more’ link to your post, and how.

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How to Make Your Blog Content Easy to Read

In this post, you will learn how to make your blog content easy to read…But why? So that your readers love reading your posts and won’t spend a hard time squinting at the text.

You know what I would say if I come across a blog with yellow text on a white background? Bye, bye! It is very difficult to read yellow text on a white background. So is reading very small text.

To make your readers comfortable, make your content look neat, tidy, and easy to read. Here are the tips.

Make lists

Yes, this is a neat way of blogging. Also, readers would get the point easily. Right now, you are reading a part of my list. See? You write the point at the header. Then, you put the details after the header, like I’m doing now. In the details part, explain.

Why should you make lists? It is neat. It is also easy for your readers to get the point. Imagine what would this article be like, if I don’t make lists. The text would seem mumbo jumbo. Lists also make your posts neat.

Use spaces frequently, appropriately

No, I did not mean the spacebar, but the ‘Enter’ key. Imagine what would this article be, if there are no spaces at all! What an unspacious texty text this article would be! So, use spaces.

But why? So that readers would keep track of what they are reading, with ease. Have you ever went across an unspacious texty text article before, and read the same line again? Also, if you use spaces, your readers would relax a bit. Spaces also make your post neat.

Be appropriate, though. Make it like chapters of a story, but rather ‘little’ chapters.

‘Unspacious texty text’ is just a phrase I made. There is no such thing!

Use fonts that are easy to read

Or not, readers would squint at the text. Come on, don’t make it a burden for your readers. Use fonts that are easy to read. Avoid cursive fonts. Not all people read cursive.

Also, don’t use very small fonts. Not all people like reading small text.

Make sure there is a high contrast between the text and the background

What happens when you see light blue text over white background? This 🙂 .

You can highlight the light blue text if it is disturbing. People won’t like to read light blue text over white background. Neither do they like reading gray text over black background.

So, make sure there is a high contrast between the text and the background. But I recommend using a white background and black text, as some people don’t like reading white text over black background.

Conclusion

Content that is easy to read would make your readers feel relaxed. Your readers will not spend too much energy reading your posts.

This list is not complete! If you know any other tips on making your content easy to read, please post it as a comment. Your comments would be appreciated.