Blogging with Word 2007

The idea of using Word as the tool for handling my blog was just fantastic, I felt. My expectation was soon getting high. I saw all the possibilities with all the new nice formatting features of Office 2007 for creating an appealing blog, avoiding what I really dislike, HTML. So my first experience of Office 2007 had to be Word to get me going. Problem was I was no blogger, but I have been a blog consumer for a while, so I had my own personal view of what I needed to implement my vision. I needed spellchecking and wanted good picture support to display screenshots.

Looking around at the alternatives that Word 2007 claims support for I decided to user Blogger from Google hoping that my blog would be better indexed by Google than using another alternative. So I went to Blogger: Create your Blog Now — FREE where I registered XLRocks as my blog site. I was advised by Google to put up a Google account and use their new blogging facility. I tested the web based interface provided by Google for maintaining the content of the blog and needless to say as a keen Office-user – I was not impressed. I felt the remoteness and limited WYSIWYG as usual when interacting by means of HTTP, good but not good enough. If you know of nothing else you would probably be more positive (i.e. a personal problem of being too old).

So I rushed into Word 2007 creating a ‘new blog post’ after a painless installation on my computer at the hospital where I have had a surgery. Lying in the bed makes you creative and full of energy doing something unusual, so I started to type in some of the ideas my brain came up with when I was lying getting rid of the anesthesia in my legs, feeling like concrete. I collected some rocks from my library of digital photos, and when using Word I found that I could dim the edges by a simple two-click in the ribbon. I really liked the smooth edges and felt they gave the impression of Windows softness and user friendliness, so these I really wanted to keep. I soon had produced text enough to make it have a go into the Google’s Blogger. No big problem, I just entered my user name and password creating a new blog account in Word 2007. I used the alternative of ‘Publish’ and it went out all smooth. I called up IE 7 with the link : http://xlrocks.blogspot.com/ and it all came up, except my beautifully edited picture which went away somewhere in Cyberspace, but who cares.

Pictures in a blog are a great pain. Some hours later after a lot of investigation I managed to find out how to solve it. But Word 2007 ignores them!! Why?? Instead I found some of my wording incorrect so I did a change in the document and tried to do a new Publish. But what happened?

And of course you try ‘More Information’ which is actually the only information I have found on my silly idea of using Word as a blog-editor. Who told me?? The idea was great but the functions behind seems quite thin. ‘Contact your provider’, is it an insult? Do you know how to reach someone at Google who could help you, calling from Lund in Sweden? I tried, and I tried and the same stupid message. Some people went west, they were called pioneers, and if I have lived then I would probably have been one of them.

I went into Google and found an add-in they provide for using Word as the blog interface, great same as my idea. But since I was forced into Google’s new blogging I was disappointed, no support for the new release. My idea was that the MS Word 2007 support for the new Google blog was not there or why was it complaining?

Would I be better off using Microsoft’s Live Spaces? The communication inside Microsoft might be better than that to Google? Reasonable I thought. So I went into another mystery wasting some three to four hours making Word to understand what I wanted. Problem was, I had an old space I renamed to ‘XL Rocks’, silly me using a blank. I didn’t get it going before deleting my old space and creating a new without blanks, more than 30 years of experience should have told me. I had some twenty occurrences of the silly message box above before I got it running, and please don’t ask me how I finally managed.

Happiness is a warm gun! When you are there nothing could hurt you. It worked without problems after some initial problems of misunderstanding and it was all forgotten and forgiven. In my next life I wish I will have another brain! I still had a reaming problem though. My stupid idea of having pictures in the blog, silly me, they all vanished in Cyberspace when publishing. Reading and rereading the only available information on how to get the function going, and stuck after a surgery, my brain must be out of all sense. My only advice is, print it and learn it by heart!

All rocks are not solid, the walk between Coggee and Bondi . (more pics…)


What I wanted was the smoothly edged photos shown in Word 2007, but where could I find them? I tried to save the docx-file and renamed it to zip. When running ZIP the only thing I found was my original JPG-files without smoothed edges. Where was these nicely smoothed photos hidden? Try to save the document as htm instead? There were two choices, filtered and unfiltered. Filtered was no hit, the photos were by some reason destroyed into worthless gif:s. The hit was on unfiltered, then they were saved into a subdirectory as png:s, they were hugh but they were there. My first idea was converting them into jpg:s with Picasa, but surprise, surprise Picasa didn’t like them, ugh! I needed to invest in a better photo program, being an enthusiastic Picasa-user for a year. I decided to dump them in png-format to my ordinary web-hotel and then using these copies when I entered them into my Word-document. What a splendid idea, this must be the solution of the problem. Blogger offered a function for uploading directly from my PC, but it seemed a little bit cumbersome. Some new tries to publish, but still with pictures vanishing. Who would ever like to have a blog with pictures? Silly me….

Conclusions:
  • Live Space and Blogger, features roughly equal – Blogger has spell check but using Word why worry
  • Copy pictures to own site, and don’t overuse new feature for formatting them in Word.
  • If you want modified pictures, pick them from subdirectory after Save as htm unfiltered.
  • Don’t rename or use blanks in the name of your blog site if using MS Live Space.
  • Word add-in not supported by Google for new version of Blogger??
  • Life in Sydney seems great.

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One Response to Blogging with Word 2007

  1. Sean says:

    I had the same problem and wanted to use Word for all the same reasons you did. I’ve been trying all day with no success. All I can do is publish text and no pictures. Is a pity windows live writer doesn’t have the same functionality when it comes to formatting pictures and creating stunning blogs.

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