Note: Hey everyone, the following entry was originally published in my personal blog. Of course I used Live Writer to make the job so much easier; I sucked the entry out of my personal blog into Live Writer, connected to the mydW Enthusiasts blog, added this note and published, formatting, graphics and all!
I've been with dW for eight of its ten years and it's the best job I've ever had at IBM. Working with great customers, peers, management and all the other groups throughout IBM has made (almost) every day something I look forward to. So here's a birthday present to everyone in mydW: a remote blog client. Why try a remote client?? Because once you set it up you can blog from your desktop in a robust client that's more like the interface you use for document editing.
Connections has a really nice Atom API that you use when connecting a blog client. The two Atom blog clients we've tried and can recommend are Ecto for the Mac and Windows Live Writer for the PC.
Since I'm not a hippie I use Live Writer. Here are some instructions with pictures that will help you get started on Live Writer; they should be applicable to Ecto too, our good friend Luis Benitez uses Ecto to blog on dW.
Before starting go into your blog settings and check "Enable Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs for your blog?" under your blog Settings->Preferences. Next download Live Writer from here. Once installed fire Live Writer up and select Blogs -> Add blog account from the main menu. Choose "Other blog service" on the first screen of the new blog wizard:
On the next screen enter the URL of your blog (https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/jem for example) and the ID and password you use to sign into mydW:
The next screen is the business end of the process. Select Atom as the publishing protocol and add "api" to the end of your main blog URL. For example, my Service Document URL is https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/jem/api
If you get to this screen you're in business, breathe easy and select "Weblog Entries" (honestly, I don't know what comment entries means!)
I don't publish a test post, personal preference:
Yes you can upload images from an atom blog client too, isn't that cool!? Click next on this screen:
Click Finish on the confirmation screen and you're ready to go. That's it, happy birthday dW (and yes I did this entire post in Live Writer).
PS: Do all of your editing in the wysiwyg “Edit” page of Live Writer, it’s easier as you don’t need to know HTML.