The most recent blogging challenge asked us to embed some media (e.g a video, a prezi, voki, voicethread) into our blog. Now, I’m pretty confident with my media embedding skills, and I have even gone so far as to develop a rudimentary understanding of the HTML code which underpins my blog posts.
I’m not some incredible blogger, able to create amazing media-rich posts out of thin air. I have a little secret ... I cheat …
For all my fellow Windows users out there – while we may moan and complain about Microsoft, Windows Live Writer 2011™ is a powerful, and FREE blogging tool (unfortunately, only available to Windows users). I started using this software about 6 months ago, and I’ve never looked back.
The Secret to Creating Media Rich Blog Posts
Windows Live Writer 2011™ is my secret weapon when it comes to embedding media into A Relief Teacher’s Journey posts. It supports most blogging platforms, including Blogger™, Wordpress™, and Windows Live™ spaces; and it’s simple to set up, intuitive, and very easy to use.
Embedding media, such as images, pictures, maps, and videos, into your blog is a breeze with Windows Live Writer – simply use the ribbon menu ...
To embed HTML code for Voicethread, Animoto videos, etc you simply copy and paste the code into the Source code view at the bottom of the main page.
For More Information
I was going to create a video tutorial to explain how I use Windows Live Writer™, but I had the bright idea of tapping into YouTube™, and came up with this excellent instructional video. While it is based on the older 2008 version, it’s well worth a look.
I also highly recommend the Make Tech Easier™ Guide to Windows Live Writer 2011.
You can Download Windows Live Writer 2011™ here …