My wife, Kim @EverythingEtsy and I have been blogging for awhile now. We started in late 2008 and between us we’ve put between 2000 and 3000 posts online since then.
All of those posts have been in WordPress, but less than half have actually been written in the WordPress dashboard. We’ve often used a blogging client installed on our own computers to work on posts. It started out with BlogDesk but that stopped working at some point and we went to Windows Live Writer, which I’m using right now.
A blogging client can be very helpful for a number of reasons. I’ll list a few.
- You can write on multiple blogs from one place and quickly switch between them
- You can write posts while offline (not that this happens often) and upload them whenever
- You can write in a smoother flow, adding pictures quickly, even if your internet connection is slow
Despite these benefits, I stopped using Live Writer awhile back because of one major drawback… it was always loading up my pictures too large (file size, not image size) and it seemed to always upload multiple copies of each image to the WordPress media library.
I didn’t like these drawbacks and didn’t have time to find the solution so I started writing my posts directly in WordPress. Kim, however, didn’t. She especially likes the image adding process with Live Writer.
So I’m trying again. And this time I’m going to get every setting just right and see if I can overcome these drawbacks or not!
Tools > Options
The first thing to do is just set-up a few of the standard options by going to tools, then options.
Options are good, here’s more:
But the problem with Live Writer is when you upload a heavy picture like this one: