Musings on Microsoft Live Writer, Movable Type and WordPress

It has been a while since I’ve written anything here.  Quite honestly, it was almost forgotten.  When time is at a premium, you’re working (almost) endlessly, nurturing a new pet project, plus you have a little kid running about the house demolishing everything in sight, taking the time to update your blog seems like the last thing on my mind.

A short story.  Indulge me.  Or not.

During one of my jaunts through cyberspace earlier this week, I came across this new product called Microsoft Live Writer, which is part of Microsoft’s Live Essentials download package.  It’s a blogging frontend (much like the ones LiveJournal have for the longest time), and most importantly, getting kudos from pretty much everywhere.  It’s meant, as far as I can see, to be a frontend for their own Live Spaces blogging platform, but it comes with functionality to connect all the major blogging platforms.

I have two places on the cyberspace where this might come in handy, so I downloaded it to give it a whirl.  First up was Bookbabble, which is a WordPress blog.  It connected pretty much effortlessly, and I’m starting to like the looks of things. 

Then I tried to configure for rambleville, and I find that I’m no longer able to log into rambleville’s Movable Type administration page.  Nevermind the Live Writer, this means I can’t post anymore even in the normal fashion! 

To cut the long story short, I found the solution here, and finally got my normal Movable Type login working correctly again.  I was also finally able to get Live Writer to connect to rambleville (which is how this post is being written now).

So I want to say two things:

1. I must say Live Writer is pretty impressive.  A much better proposition than writing on the web interface.  Download it here.

2. Movable Type is starting to seem very flaky to me.  I didn’t change anything for the longest time (as you can see for yourself by checking the date on my previous post), and in that time something has happened that screwed up the system.  This isn’t by any means the fault of SixApart (creators of MT), but the impression is MT isn’t all that rock steady.  WordPress, by contrast, appears easier to use than a toothbrush.  I’ve set up about 3 blogs on WordPress, and have never had any problems at all.

I purposely chose MT with the express intention of gaining experience on both these platforms so that I know the pros and cons of each.  At this point, I would say WordPress, especially coupled with Fantastico integration, is pretty hard to beat.


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