I love hearing peoples blogging secrets. Especially life changing ones. So today I am going to share something with you that literally changed the way I blogged and made it 10000000x easier.
Have you heard of Windows Live Writer? FREAK. If Live Writer was a man he would be the kind that cooks, cleans, goes to work, takes care of the kids, AND tells you that you are beautiful. Unlike blogging in Blogger, which FYI is like a guy who sits on the couch and smells like corn chips and does a lot of scratching…I will let you complete that thought.
So why is Live Writer SO amazing?!
It makes SO many things so much easier. Today I am going to show you how to format your images.
When you create your account and download the program it will ask the URL of your site. Then with your permission it will publish a post that says Temporary Post Used For Theme Detection. DO THIS!!!!!!!!!! It makes it so that everything that is customized for your blog shows in WLW. (Margins, link colors, etc.) That way you know that what you are seeing is what will show on your site.
One of my FAVORITE features is the way that you can upload your images. It will automatically resize AND watermark your photos. Freak ya, I know. Let me show you how.
Once you upload your image it will look like this:
If you want it centered make sure the picture is selected and center it on the Home Screen, there is not a way to center it in the Picture Tools.
Once it is centered (or whatever justification you prefer) its time to resize it!
The easiest thing for me was to drag it to the size you want.
*PLEASE make your image as large as you can! When I look back on some of my old posts I CRINGE at how terribly small the pictures are. Blogging is visual. So make it easy for people to see what you are talking about!
Now you can add different effects to it. Like I round the corners of my pictures, but there are a ton of other options!
Now to watermark.
Watermarking is SO important in this Pin happy world that we live in. I use WLW to watermark because its easy and its not saved on your image (which is SUPER important when you are using them other places like magazines and some websites)
Now the TOP SECRET BEST PART!
After you have done all that hard work, you can save it so that every single image that you upload is resized, watermarked, and beautified instantly. Sweet right?! Just click Set To Default and you are golden.
I know. I know. You love me.
Doing just these little tricks to my images have saved me so much time and frustration.
Also you can make it so that the image is not “clickable” which I have done because it makes it less likely to get jacked and saves space on your server because it is saving one smaller image instead of 2 larger ones. To do this all you have to do is click the No Link option.
There are also a million other things that you can do. But this is the one that has changed my life the most!
If you use Windows Live Writer and have some other tricks please leave them in the comments!