Windows Live Writer is definitely one of the best tools when it comes to blogging using an offline tool. In my opinion it stands at the top of the list among others available in the market.
However, I was trying to take a dive in few other options and I found out that MS Word 2013 isn’t a bad performer in the race. And hence, we intend to take you through the process of setting up MS Word as a blogging tool.
I suggest that you start implementing the steps while reading through. Here we go.
Step 1: Create a new MS Word document. Do so with the Blog post template as shown in the image below. If you do not have it in the list, search for it.
Step 2: Click on the template to launch the detailed view of the same. Hit on the Create icon to get started.
Step 3: If you are doing this for the first time (which I assume you are), you will be prompted to register your blog account. Click on Register Now button.
Step 4: The next step would be to choose and configure your blog provider. For me it is WordPress so that is what I chose. Click on Next when you have made your choice.
Step 5: Now, you need to provide the blog URL and your login credentials so that MS Word can sync your account with the blog in question.
Step 6: Before you hit Ok, you should stop by the Picture Options by clicking on the button on the bottom left (refer image from Step 5).
Step 7: Under Picture Options you have the option to choose the server where you wish to upload pictures that for content to your articles. For me it is My blog provider i.e. on the WordPress servers. Click on Ok when you are done.
Step 8: Click on Ok on the dialog box beneath it. That will complete the setup process and get you started.
How to Publish a Post
Post the setup and configuration processes, you can start writing an article. You are free to insert images, format headings and sub-headings, insert hyperlinks and do other such things like you would normally do.
Once you are ready to hit the web, navigate to Publish, expand the options and choose your requirement. I suggest you always do a Publish as Draft and do a round of proofreading of the content and format before going ahead with the final posting.
Though MS Word may not be a very robust tool at helping you write and publish content to your blog, you cannot deny the fact that it does pretty well. I have tried it many times and each time the result and experience has been satisfying.
What’s your blogging tool of choice? Do you like writing your posts online on the browser or offline on your desktop?