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Live Writer and FolderShare Make Blogging Easy

You do most of your writing at home, but the skeleton of blog posts commonly comes to you while you’re at work? You prefer the easy interface of Windows Live Writer over most other blog desktop software, and definitely over the idea of writing every article within the blog online interface.

So, how do you easily, and in the most GTD friendly way get the same data on both computers.

Live Writer has the option of writing a post to draft on your blog, but I’ve seen that go wrong too many times with blog desktop publishing software, somewhere in the ether, the API boots it front and centre to the homepage live for the world to see. In other words use with caution until you are satisfied.

But speaking of being satisfied, even doing this, the post still comes up in the Live Writer menu as being Recently Posted, rather than drafts, so here’s my solution…

If you’ve already succumbed to the evils of Microsoft, and if you are a windows user, reading this in Internet Explorer, reader mail in Outlook, you have no excuse!, Microsoft not so long ago bought up a company called FolderShare which fills the gap between normal sync software and online storage solutions.

FolderShareTM allows you to create a private peer-to-peer network that will help you to synchronize files across multiple devices and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail them, or upload them to a website. FolderShare allows you to share and sync important information instantly with anyone you invite, making it the perfect solution for personal or small business use.

FolderShare – File Transfer & Remote File Access – Product Overview

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Steps to take:

29-06-2007-9.01.19 PMDownload and Install Live Writer on both machines and set up the blogs you write to in the writer software. If you don’t know about this great piece of software, read a review of Live Writer from back in 2006, note that the version has been updated since this review.

FolderShare is a free product, all you need to do is doenload the software to each computer you want folders to be synchronized on. Download the windows version and follow the instructions for setting up a new account. Thankfully you don’t need a hotmail account to activate this.

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 Next you want to sync the blog posts folders. Hit the “Sync My Folders” button to set up a new sync.

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Both your computers need to be on for this process to take place, so set that up, the pick the option to specify folders to sync..

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Navigate through to the My Documents folder, then select the My Weblog Posts Folder by clicking on the radio button to the left of the folder names.

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Click the next button at the lower right of the page and pick your other computer from the list on the left hand side of the screen, (your already configured computer should be on the right with a green tick next to it.

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Navigate through to the same folder on the second computer and click next, straight away the contents of these folders will start synchronizing and depending on the size of the folder and the speed of your internet connections should be done in a couple of minutes.

Now you can enjoy writing on your blog via Windows Live Writer from any computer you set up this way. Just remember, for the sync to work both computers have to be on at the same time. This could work with an auto shutdown script or program such as this one to delay the shut down of your computers until 10pm or so.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

5 thoughts on “Live Writer and FolderShare Make Blogging Easy

  1. Haven’t tried Microsoft Livewriter yet, but most of the reviews I have read are pretty positive about the product. I do however use RocketPost from anconia.com/rocketpost/ which is a similar kind of tool that’s great for updating one of my blogs. the only downside to the tool is you have to pay for it, which I think Microsofts is free. Would be interesting to find a comparison of the 2 to see if its money well spent.

  2. When you’re writing your post it has all the same fonts, spacing, etc as what will actually appear when you post. If you’ve already succumbed to the evils of Microsoft, and if you are a windows user, reading this in Internet Explorer, reader mail in Outlook, you have no excuse!

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