Desktop blogging tools, desktop blogging clients, desktop blog editors or offline blog editors. Different names, same set of tools with the same purpose – make it easier for bloggers to publish posts anytime, anywhere. For those who aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about, desktop blogging tools are third party software that let you compose or publish a blog post on your computer without having to login to your blogging account (Blogger, WordPress, MovableType, LiveJournal, etc.) and doesn’t require you to have an Internet connection so you can write or compose a blog post offline. This is very useful for those who travel a lot and those who don’t have a permanent Internet connection.
Some of these desktop blogging tools have a scheduled post feature so you can specify what time you want your articles to be published and some of them also have tools that help you write a blog post better and faster like a spell checker, a WYSIWYG editor, remote publishing and advanced formatting options that let you specify the post structure or insert media files. Desktop blogging tools also let you manage multiple blogging accounts of multiple platforms.
Today, I’m gonna share with you free desktop blogging tools that you can use to help you become a better, more efficient and more productive blogger. Some of these desktop blogging tools are cross platform while some of them only work on one type of operating system or web browser so just go through the list and choose the most suitable tool for you.
Platform: Windows, Mac
Supports: WordPress, Blogger/Blogspot, BlogHarbor, Blogware, Bryght, DiaryLand, Drupal, LiveJournal, MovableType, MSN Spaces, Tripod, TypePad, Roller, SquareSpace
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Among the desktop blogging tools listed above, the most popular one is Windows Live Writer mainly because it has all the features you’ll need in a desktop blog editor and more and probably also because more people use Windows. So far, the only ones I’ve tried and installed on my computer are Windows Live Writer and ScribeFire. If you know of any other free desktop blogging tool or offline blog editor, please share it with us so I can include it in this list.
How about you guys, do you use a desktop blogging tool or offline blog editor? Anyone else using one of the free desktop blogging tools listed above? Which one is your favorite? Please share your thoughts.