Matt Mullenweg waxed lyrical recently about Windows Live Writer, and recommended it as a quality blogging tool. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered ScribeFire, or what you may remember as Performancing For FireFox.
ScribeFire has evolved into quite a nice system, one you should certainly look at if you write for multiple blogs. I’ve played with it for the last few days, and while I originally hated PFF, I’m gradually coming around to ScribeFire. Here’s why:
- Excellent browser integration: I can see the page that inspired me to write a blog post in the same window, which means I can easily copy information from the original post without flicking between different windows. Not having to log into my blog’s admin page means I can blog more spontaneously.
- Follow The Conversation With Technorati: The built-in Page Tools allow you to see who else is writing about this topic, so you can reference other bloggers and create a more informed and informative blog post.This service would be nicer if other services like Google Blog Search or Sphere were included.
- Easily Save Drafts: You can save any draft as a post and it goes into your Notes area. From the Notes tab, you can see all your draft posts. You can load up any draft post, finish it and choose which blog to publish it to.
- Easy Tagging: With advanced publishing options in ScribeFire, you can easily add a list of Technorati tags and automatically bookmark your new post at del.icio.us using the same set of tags. I seem to remember talk of integrating ScribeFire with the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin which would be much more useful.
- Better Focus: Sort of related to my first point above. How many times have you logged on to WordPress to blog and got distracted by your latest incoming links, new comments or your stats plugin? Because you’re cutting out this step, you’re more focused on the topic that got you fired up in the first place!
- Easily Edit Your Recent Posts: ScribeFire imports a list of your most recent posts, so you can make easy edits where necessary without having to visit your blog.
- Works Offline? I haven’t tested to be honest, but I’d imagine ScribeFire caches your drafts locally so that you can work on them even if you haven’t got an Internet connection. Useful if you’re working on a laptop in the middle of a field…
There are other features I haven’t looked at yet, like the ability to upload images to your blog through FTP or your blog’s API (if it’s supported).
I’ve found my WordPress accounts extremely easy to connect to. Drupal sites need to have the Blog API module switched on before they’ll accept connections from ScribeFire, but otherwise work just fine. And of course, this post has been written entirely using…you guessed it.
Anyone else using ScribeFire or Windows Live Writer for blogging? Why not share some tips and tricks here if you are.
Gerard McGarry is a music blogger for Unreality Music, web designer and all-round Web 2.0 enthusiast.