I don’t have the time at the moment to do a fully detailed write-up about Windows Live Writer specifically, but I just wanted to post something quick about my newest discovery. Since I’ve just recently started blogging again, I haven’t kept up on a lot of blogging-related things, so I’m pretty late to the Windows Live Writer party, but I just discovered it 2 days ago. It’s pretty freaking awesome! The only thing I was disappointed about was there was no support for Tumblr in Windows Live Writer, so that’s what I wanted to write about here.
Since I’m so new to it, I haven’t yet had time to explore all the wonders of the WLW platform, but so far I’m loving it. I used to use Scribefire, and may still use that on occasion for quick posts, because it’s convenient with it being right there in the browser. It’s still a great add-on and has worked well for me, but WLW has so many nifty little plug-ins that make it soooo much faster and easier to create posts and update all of your blogs, I’ll definitely be doing most of my writing with it from now on.
There is no specific plug-in for it, and though WLW supports a wide variety of platforms and has plug-ins for things like posting to Delicious or Twitter, nobody has bothered to figure out a way to post to Tumblr with it. I thought I’d have to either post separately to Tumblr or continue to use Scribefire for that, but, fortunately, I found the XPollinate Ping.fm plug-in. If you have a Ping.fm account, you can configure XPollinate to post to all your favorite sites directly from WLW. You can set it to post snippets, links, or full posts. YAY!
All you have to do to use XPollinate to post to Tumblr, is install XPollinate, and you will see it on the right side of your WLW window. Across the top of WLW you’ll want to click Tools > Options > Plug-ins and select XPollinate. Click on Options to configure XPollinate. You’ll see 2 tabs – Blogs and Ping.fm. The blogs tab will let you set up XPollinate to cross post to any of the blogs you have connected to WLW. The Ping.fm tab is where you need to go to configure XPollinate to post to Tumblr, as well as any other services you have connected to your Ping.fm account. service. You can choose a default or customized header and footer message for the cross-post, and you can choose which service to ping or which to leave out at the time of posting. To set up Ping.fm, you’ll need to go to http://ping.fm/key to get your API key to enter into WLW. Keep your key secret, because anyone can use it mess with your Ping.fm account, and any services you have linked to it. You can choose how Ping.fm will handle your posts (full blog post, microblog post, status update, etc). You can set the options for Ping.fm to all, to set post to every service automatically, or you can choose which ones to post to for that post only. When configuring XPollinate, keep in mind what you have already set up in your services individually and any plug-ins you have in place on your blog that might auto post updates, like automatic Twitter updates. If you set XPollinate to update Twitter when you already have a plug-in on your blog to do that automatically,or you have the Post To Twitter box checked on Tumblr, you will be sending multiple updates for the same post to anywhere you have this sort of thing already in place.
Another plug-in I’m really liking Zemanta..more on that later..