Non-bloggers beware, your eyes might glaze over during this post (or if you are totally not interested come back tomorrow, I am sharing a few cool thrifting finds from the weekend!). For bloggers who are caught in the turmoil of blogging with Windows Live Writer or using a Mac, you will want to kiss me on the mouth. Its ok, I will just be prepared next time we see each other.
Windows Live Writer is HANDS DOWN the best blogging tool that this technology filled world has to offer. Seriously, if you are a blogger and have never tried it, it will change your life.
If you are unfamiliar with the capabilities of WLW, how does auto sizing and watermarking your images sound? (pssst detailed tutorial for that here!) Maybe auto linking URLs to specific text? Writing posts offline and being able to save drafts to your computer hard drive? Those are just a few of my favorite features.
3 years ago the dinosaur desktop that I was using died. RIP old friend. I had just discovered the wonderful world of Windows Live Writer (WLW from this point forward) and had a very small budget for a replacement. I ended up with an HP that lasted a year and 1/2. When it died after such a short time, it was December of 2012 & I needed a new computer stat. I KNEW that the blog was quick becoming more than just a hobby, but all of the research that I had done online indicated that there was nothing created for a Mac that was as wonderful as WLW. I bit the bullet for a few weeks and researched the crap out of using WLW on a Mac. The info that I found said that theoretically it could be done using Parallels and Windows but no one that I could find had actually tested it. The unknown was just too much for my feeble heart. I ultimately decided that WLW was more important. I bought a Lenovo and spent just over $1,000 on it, hoping to make it at least to the 2 year mark.
Guess what? It died. After a year and 1/2. Apparently that is the lifespan of a PC in my world. It was time. I needed a Mac but WLW is literally the most important thing to Vintage Revivals (after a camera, and soap to wash away the thrift store grime). Luckily for me in the year and 1/2 that I was swearing my guts out about stupid ugly Windows 8, a few of my blogging friends who were equally as addicted to WLW as I was, decided to test the Parallels/Windows theory. Guess what? It works!!
So for all of you bloggers who feel like they are having to choose between the program that makes their blogging lives easier, or the computer that will make their ENTIRE life easier I have great news. You can have both!!
All you need to do is install Parallels and Windows (I went with Windows 7 because I HATED Windows 8) and had the guys at the Apple store install them for me.
Once they are installed open Windows –> Internet Explorer –> Search Windows Live Writer (or click this link) and download it.
So the question “Can you use Windows Live Writer on a Mac?” is answered with a resounding YES!! And now you know just how to do it!
No inner turmoil, no buying a new computer every time the wind changes.