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How do I (Re)Kickstart My Blog

If you are an avid reader of my blog , you are well aware of the fact that it has been ~6 months since I have posted anything here. To the 3 of you , I apologize .(Hi Mom and Dad and anonymous reader from Turkey).
Seriously though. I am stuck. I know I need to stay on top of this for both professional and personal reasons(IE I enjoy it), but I just can’t find that one thing to push me over the edge. Maybe it’s time to rethink the scope of my blog? Maybe I should make it more personal? Or go the other way, and talk more about work and technology. The stock answer, is to always write about what you are passionate about. But I’m not sure that fits for me. I just need something to break me out of my slump.

What do you do to break the proverbial writers block? I appreciate any feedback.

Or, I guess I can continue to write “emo” posts whining about the fact that I don’t have anything to write about.
Hmmmmm… maybe that’s not such a bad idea.

Windows Live Writer Tech Preview

I am always looking for a better blog posting tool. The built in TinyMCE stuff on wordpress is cool, but there are still some barriers to actually making blog posts. Image uploading can be tedious(although better in 2.5) .

I decided to try Windows Live Writer today. The main reason I even considered it, was due to the cool image editing and transformation tools it sports. You can easily insert pictures, and video, and then give the images custom borders(rounded corners, drop shadow etc).

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The ability to do this editing inline makes it a valuable tool.

If I can keep it from crashing when switching from preview mode to edit mode, I may stick with it for a while. It is after all a tech preview, and stuck with a bastardized  IE8 install on my win32 box.  If you want to give it a try, you know what to do.

 UPDATE:

In the event someone was having the same crashing issues I had, it could be the MS Script Debugger for Internet Explorer. You can disable script debugging at Tools->Internet Options->Advanced . Once the javascript errors stopped popping up, the Live Writer client would stay alive.

UPDATE 2:

The kind folks on the Windows Live Writer team let me know that this particular issue should be fixed in the next public release. Kudos to them for paying attention to their users, and reaching out when they didn’t have to. They have at least one convert, and I am recommending it to my blogging co-workers as well.

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