A Christmas Miracle

Excuses change nothing, but they make everyone feel better.
Mason Cooley

Captain’s log. Stardate – Day before Christmas. Let me make everyone feel better by offering an excuse.

The reason – the principal reason – why I seldom write blogs has been the lack of a good, free blogging software on the Mac OS X platform. Which I found really weird because, wait – isn’t the Mac supposed to be the computer that gave rise to the blogger generation ?

The ubercool people of the early 2000-s, the teeming masses, whose pictures you might catch at any software conference, or unconference for that matter, with temp2.pngtheir face glued onto the glowing screen of a laptop – which by the way you see nothing of – all you see is beautiful brushed aluminium screen with the white fluorescent logo of a half (well, technically less than half) bitten apple. Which begs the enquiry, exactly how much portions of that apple did the snake, Eve and Adam have, but that’s a teacup storm for another day.

Believe me, I have tried everything. ScribeFire, Ecto, Mars Edit, Blogo, free trials of goodies on the App Store that sell for $29.99 – nothing would ease my burn. Pretty useless, when you compare with Live Writer. The only thing which would come close is the web interface of the WordPress site itself – but I wanted a desktop client.

I currently blog only on WordPress, with at least one public and a non-negative number of private journals, so even just a desktop version of the WordPress web client would suffice, I thought to myself. (Did I say I hate using web clients ?).

When I got up today morning, I felt the urge to write something on my blog. I was not sure of quite what, but the urge was there. And I thought I’d tweet,

One thing I’d wish Santa would bring me is a Live Writer equivalent on the Mac.

I know that the real Santa does not hover on twitter and the real Santa has no sackspace for 40 year old males. So, I started to hunt, a hunt that I have been on many times before, with consistent & predictbly futile results – the hunt for a good blogging software on the Mac.

I did what all good boys do. Fired up my Chrome browser and googled away, “mac live writer wordpress”. 

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The second link caught my attention, partly because it was new but more importantly because the grinch in me saw the evident discrepancy between the numbers 10 & 5 in the title and URL. I clicked (and sniggered) anyway, in retrospect – it seems like destiny.

Bwcause I discovered this jem, the WordPress App for Mac.

As I downloaded and opened the app, I was shocked beyond belief. The User Interface is pristine, it automatically recognized my blog themes and all I had to do was just type away to glory. I could not believe myself. Did I just stumble upon (no pun intended) something that I have been waiting for years. Did my Christmas Miracle request just get granted ?

Wait now, it this Santa dude for real then ?

It’s that wonderful time of the year. When able bodied men and women make New Year resolutions that never see the light of February. So, I think I am going to be more active on my blog, regardless of the stats seem to indicate a single digit readership.

It’s just such a pleasure to write on this app. Cannot help being verbose. Now look at this — I could have said all this with a tweet.

Found a nice app for WordPress blogs on the Mac: <link>

This app creates a “zone”; beautiful fonts, fluid flow, zero distractions. A great environment for writers to, well, write. A few improvements would be the ability to put a border around an image (I put a <border> tag directly into the HTML), and ability to paste an image directly from the clipboard. And a built-in spellchecker, pretty puhleez ?

Above notwithstanding, this is hands down the blogging software I have used in a long time (read eternity) on the Mac. And I gather that there are Windows and Linux versions as well ! Leeeehnux !! Hey Scrooge, did I mention that this app is free ?

A Big Thank You to all the cool people at WordPress and esp., the gentleman whose blog came to my rescue, Harsh Agarwal.

 

 

 

 

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