I decided to lower the barrier to entry for blog posting by starting to use Windows Live Writer. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I know I need to do something to help me get on a schedule of updates. So far, I am well pleased. The editor is quite nice. It is extendable, and allows users to submit plugins to a central site. I downloaded a couple to test the process and can now insert a tilted image:
but the syntax highlighter I attempted to use for some C# code failed to run correctly. The quality and usefulness of the plugins vary greatly, as with all uncontrolled, user submitted content.
I am happy with the saving of local drafts, the scheduled publishing, spell checking, WISIWYG editing, and preview mode (which shows you the entry within the skin of the blog). You get a very nice way to manage your categories, tags, comments, etc.
Overall Grade: A+