This past week I decided to completely do a Windows 8 OS re-install on my PC (HP m8100n). My computer is over 7 years old, is used extensively on a daily basis, and has been through the Windows Vista, 7, and the 8 operating systems, without doing anything really major; other than replacing the power supply a couple years back and recently upgrading to a hybrid Seagate drive. I ended up doing a re-install due to an annoying problem I ran into that was literally driving me crazy and I could not figure out (which will be in an upcoming blog article).
After I re-installed the Windows 8 operating system and performed the upgrade to Windows 8.1 I ran into a second problem that was driving me bonkers. As a matter of fact the original problem I had (which had been driving me crazy) was still there (which I did eventually resolve), so now I had two very annoying issues. After I re-installed Windows 8, I could not install Windows Live Writer, which was the blogging editor I use to publish my blog posts on WordPress. What I discovered is that Windows Live Writer needs Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installed in order for it to install (and run).
After many hours of research and trying all of the advice and procedures out there, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 would not install. I actually could write an article just on that topic. I finally came to the realization that Microsoft Live Writer is now Microsoft Dead Writer and figured, “if Microsoft was serious about keeping Microsoft Live Writer alive, they would not require us to jump through hoops just to install it on a new operating system”. At this point, I started to look around for another blogging editor and discovered that there are quite a few out there; but, what caught my attention is that most of these editors have not been updated in several years. Is this a sign that blogging is going to the wayside???
What I did come across, that I believe is going work for me, is a blogging editor that is actually a browser extension, called ScribeFire. As a matter of fact, this article is my first using ScribeFire. I like the idea that I can draft an article in my browser and that the extension is available for different browsing platforms (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari browser). In my case I use Google Chrome; therefore, I installed ScribeFire from the Chrome Web Store. The initial setup was very, very easy (and fast). After entering my login credentials for WordPress my recent posts, categories, tags, etc…; all fell into place.
With ScribeFire you can post to blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Xanga, LiveJournal, or any other blog that supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs. From what I can see so far, everything I need to draft and post a blog article is there. You can edit and update existing posts. You can schedule posts for the future (if your blog allows that). You can delete posts. You can save drafts. You can tag and categorize. You can upload images. You can edit visually, or you can use HTML or Markdown. You can post to multiple blogs at once. My biggest obstacle, right now is learning to navigate around.
If you decide you want to save your article as a draft, simply click on “Save Progress”; then go to WordPress to put on the final touches using the WordPress editor OR if you want, click on “Publish Post” and the post will be immediately published.
If you have any other recommendations for a blogging editor, I would love to hear them. In the meantime, I am going to give ScribeFire a try and maybe a few others.