I’m considering splitting this blog into multiple blogs, but before I do that I want to find a good desktop blog publishing program to ease the transition on my end.However, I use Linux almost exclusively and from what I’m seeing and reading "good desktop blog publishing" and "Linux" are mutually exclusive.
It isn’t often that Linux fails me, but all I can find are complaints about how Linux Blogging Sucks. I have a few more programs to test but for right now I agree. I am right now testing Bleezer. Although it looked like one of the most promising, I’m not impressed. I’m able to download my last 15 posts, but not my draft posts nor posts older than 15. In the WYSIWYG interface inserting links is rather irritating and I’ve had to come up with "tricks" just to be able to comfortable add links — sort of a non-issue because I’d never use it.
I’m also getting a few weird display bugs and the spellcheck doesn’t actually spellcheck, but I’ll assume that they are just local issues.
Addendum: I posted this using the program and I have a couple more comments.:
- The checkbox on the left was the one that mattered in the image above, so this ended up without a category.
- Tags are not added to WordPress, but I expected this.
- It uses WordPress’ native image uploading to some extent, so the image I added from my desktop ended up in the right location and is still attached to this post.
- It doesn’t post line breaks even though it shows up in the HTML preview. This leaves me with a very hard post to edit between that and all the tags its WYSIWYG interface adds.
Unfortunately, QTM, BloGTK and Drivel also fail to meet my criteria. Neither support WordPress specifically and support a generic API, so they both ignore features that I find important like tags and downloading draft posts. Draft posts are very important to me as I have about 25,000 words floating around in various states of postability, so any program or add-on that doesn’t allow me direct access to these words is not useful to me for all my blogging needs.
I’m posting this addendum with ScribeFire, but it has the same problems of not listing draft posts separately and no tags, but what it does allow me to do is change websites and have my research content directly above the post pane, so I can read and research while I write.