Attention WP Bloggers

There may be a workaround for Gutenberg! It’s a Microsoft program called “Open Live Writer.” It was part of Win7 and I used to use it all the time. However, as Microsoft often does, they arbitrarily decided the program wasn’t needed so they removed it from Win10.

Up until Gutenberg 😠, I really hadn’t missed it since writing blog posts was easy and convenient using the “Classic” editor we’re all so familiar with. 

But now … as most of us know all too well … things have changed!!

Here is the description of the program:

Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.

Essentially, you just type what you want to say into the program and then tell it to post a draft to your blog. It will show up on a page with the Gutenberg look — BUT in the format you’re used to.

It’s available as a Microsoft app — just search for “Windows Live Writer 2020” (without quotes) and you should get the link to download the program to your computer. It’s free, BTW. Smile

After downloading the program, you’ll need to provide the location of your blog, your user name and password. 

Let me know if it works for you and/or you have questions. Together we’ll make this happen!

In The Blogging World

Ever since I first began blogging (2008), I’ve found inspiration from newspaper and magazine articles, books of many stripes, and even from things I’ve read in the “Letters to the Editor.” I’ve been prompted at times to agree or disagree with TV commentators, offer my opinion on a Facebook post, share my thoughts regarding my family’s religious beliefs (different from mine), and more than once I’ve been motivated by something someone has written in a blog.

Probably the one area I’m most reluctant to write about is my personal life. While many bloggers enjoy sharing their personal life stories and experiences (sometimes in depth!), I tend to shy away from this topic.

I’ve said all this because I’ve been accused (as have some others) of merely writing on topics and/or comments that I’ve seen on other blogs. While other blog posts can and do offer food for thought, they are NOT my sole source of inspiration. (Although I must frankly admit there are some topics that simply beg for a response. 😛)

The point I want to make is this:  the primary reason I have this blog is because I love to write. Some people like to garden. Others find pleasure in baking cookies. Many like to hike. And some enjoy taking pictures of “critters” (not mentioning any names).

And within each of our special pursuits, we have variation. Not every gardener grows strawberries. Not every baker bakes chocolate-chip. Not every hiker takes the same path everyday. And not every writer limits themselves to one topic.

So to those who seem to think their blogs posts are my primary source of inspiration, stop flattering yourselves.

I’d like to add that the friends I’ve gained through blogging are irreplaceable. I’m so glad to have “met” each of you (well, maybe some more than others 😉) — and to have learned who you are as a person through your words (and pictures).

I think the one big “take-away” from all this is we are all unique individuals  … whether in the “real world” or the blogging world.