I started "blogging" about 2 years ago. I started using a Blogger as my platform, and I wasn't a massive writer - just a couple of articles here and there. But for the last year it happened that I manage more than one blog, and I do keep notes with me all the time and I write much more. Offline blogging became more important to me. As I know that "blogging" is widely used in Open Source community I recently started looking for a blog editor that would allow me to keep my notes offline (meaning without publishing) and post them when I'm ready.
As to my greatest surprise I haven't found even one that would be on par with my expectations (on that - later on).
Next, I realized that I'm not all that comfortable with web-based editors. Yes, they are almost the best editors there are (each one for its corresponding platform), but I would like better the normal editor, that I would write within, post from it and forget about the issue. And then, I listed for myself all the features I want from it:
- Supports New Blogger!!!! (come on, a "new" blogger is really not new for about a year; why is it still called a "new blogger" ??? )
- WYSIWYG editor and HTML editor
- Tags adding and synchronizing with my blog (New blogger does supports this)
- Being able to see me previous posts from the editor.
- Being able to link to my previous posts using comfortable interface
- Pinging Technorati and possibly FeedBurner (and others)
- Saving drafts
- Using links and pictures to insert into a post just as my blogging engine would (including formatting, etc)
- Open Source
- A-Z Bloglist
- Every Flavour Beans
- Bobrik (Ваня :-) ) from kernel panic in userspace (in russian)
From all the lists the are there, I've tried each and every single application to work with my new Blogger blogs. And to no avail. Each and every one of them suck. Most don't even connect to a blogger's blog server (and those apps are from Blogger's own list!!!). I find it weird, sad and very odd. Many blogging platforms were created using Open Source software, but still, there's no single editor in Linux that allows me to blog offline. I'm bitter.
You see, it is not an issue for me about being online or offline, and being able to post. Almost every time my computer is on, its online. It's just a matter of convenience. I like to workout things first, post them later. Besides, up until recently, Blogger didn't even allow to post drafts in order I wanted, only in order of creation. That's not good. I want to be able to decide when to post my entries.
I would think that a huge community of people in open source software would create a normal editor, which would work. Especially those who use Blogger. Please, don't think that I don't appreciate all the work done, I think Blogger is a great platform for its cause. I just want a simple blog editor that works. I tried Google Docs for the same purpose, and while it kinda works (not really convenient for me) - it is still a web application. I don't feel comfortable using it for blogging.
I'm writing this post using ScribeFire. To the date it is the best editor I've found, and even though - I don't trust it enough to post directly. I post as draft first, recheck and retouch with Blogger's web editor and then publish. This sucks.
Now, I have found the best for me editor. It is a Zoundry Writer but unfortunately, it only runs in Windows.
But no, I though. I'm clever. I will try and run a Windows Blog Editor under wine. Great idea, isn't it?
I have tried to run every single Windows editor from those lists using Wine. Nada. Nothing. Each and everyone of them fails.
So, the punchline: I love Linux. I use Linux all the time on 3 computers I have. I can blog from anywhere, using any browser. But I want to do it from an editor and such an editor is not available on Linux.
Unfortunately, Linux blogging sucks.
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Update: I have succeeded to run Zoundry Blog Editor and BlogJet Editor in Linux under Wine. Take a look here: