mojoPortal Tip: Writing Blogs Offline with Windows Live Writer

Blogging is often an inspiration-inspired activity, but doesn’t always coincide with the ability to connect with your mojoPortal-based website. In some situations, you may be unable to access your website from the location you’re at in that moment, but really want to capture your thoughts while they’re still fresh.

MojoPortal has introduced the ability to write your blog entries locally by leveraging the Windows Live Writer.  This is a free add-on by Microsoft, which you can download here.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll presume that you’re using a Windows-based laptop, or computer that doesn’t always have access to the Internet. We’ll touch on how to use offline apps for other platforms in a future article.

If you haven’t done so, go ahead and install the application – be sure that you select the Writer to be installed.  After you’ve done so, open up the Writer app and follow the prompts as described in Joe Audette’s article Using Windows Live Writer with Your Blog.

Now – here’s where the really cool part comes in. Open Writer, and enter a blog title in the space labeled “enter a post title”. Continue to enter content below the title, just as you would for a regular blog entry. You can even play with the ability to enter images or video clips via the Writer UI.

After you’ve completed these steps, take a moment to click on the “Preview” tab at the bottom of the text entry screen – you’ll see exactly what your draft entry would look like on your site, without even posting it – isn’t that cool? Now click back over to “Edit”, and click the “Save” icon in the top menu bar. This will save your entry as a local draft.  You can create as many draft entries as you wish locally, and when you have internet access again, just click “Publish” for each article, and they’ll be uploaded to your mojoPortal blog. In addition, you can set a publish date, and mojoPortal will automatically make the articles public on the selected date.

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