Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

21 April 2011

Blogging Using Microsoft Word

Filed under: Other — Vincent Rainardi @ 10:23 pm
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In the last couple of months I have been blogging probably 30 posts using Microsoft Word (2010) and felt it’s so much easier than typing it on WordPress directly. I have 3 blogs and all of them are on WordPress. One is about data warehousing and BI (this blog), and the other two are about chess and life thoughts. The main advantages of using Microsoft Word to blog are:

  1. It is quick and simple.
  2. Using Microsoft Word, I don’t have to upload the pictures one by one into WordPress.
  3. All the formatting are preserved, for example: italics, bold, underline, fonts, colours.
  4. You can set the category from within Word.
  5. You can use the Format Painter which is very useful.
  6. You have the thesaurus & dictionary nearby.
  7. You can insert symbols, shapes and screenshots easily.

Whereas the disadvantages are:

  1. When you use the blog template on Word, you can’t set the View to large font. (I used to do 140% on Word)
  2. To write code (e.g. SQL Script) is not so user friendly. I can copy and paste from SSMS into Word, and Word preserve all the blue, red, green and grey colours, which is fantastic, but when I publish it, they messed up.
  3. You can’t set the tags. You can set the category, but not the tags. So you need to go to WordPress to add your tags.
  4. If you have several blogs in WordPress under 1 account, you can’t switch between accounts. You need to manually editing the blog URL everytime you switch. The Manage Accounts can only setup several accounts if you have different user names.

6 Comments »

  1. Have you tried Windows Live Writer?

    Comment by Chris Webb — 21 April 2011 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  2. No I haven’t Chris. But I’ll try.

    Comment by Vincent Rainardi — 22 April 2011 @ 5:19 am | Reply

    • Have just tried Windows Live Writer and it’s quite easy and user friendly. It is a simple application (compared to MS Word and it’s easy to use). Have tried to write a post using it and it was OK.

      Comment by Vincent Rainardi — 22 April 2011 @ 6:22 am | Reply

  3. Hmm…I find that when I’ve written blog posts in Word, I have to add the urls and images later, as the latter go through some wonky size adjustments when I paste the post in. You also have to go in and add alt text for images post-facto, which is kind of a hassle. As a company, we’re still using Confluence for our blog, and as it doesn’t allow drafts, I edit all the posts in word using the wonderful Track Changes feature, but my personal blog is on WP, and I never bother to write up posts elsewhere.

    Comment by Claire — 22 April 2011 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  4. What’s the address for your other 2 blogs? Chess and Life thoughts.

    Comment by Vincent — 5 May 2016 @ 3:20 am | Reply


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