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Blog from your desktop with GNOME Blog

With my constant quest to make my life easier and easier, I have resorted to using smaller apps to keep my readers and fans informed. This can become an overwhelming problem when you tweet, post on Facebook, blog and, oh yes, write. So instead of adding to my already large collection of tabs in Chromium Browser, I found smaller tools that are one-trick ponies that tackle the task at hand with simplicity and speed.

One of these tools allows me to blog multiple blogs quickly. I want to introduce you to this tool so you can quickly type from your GNOME desktop.

Supported Blogs

Naturally, you can’t expect the GNOME Blog to handle all types of blogs in the blogosphere. But handle:

  • blogs.gnome.org
  • blogging
  • livejournal
  • Lawyer
  • autorun WordPress
  • Self-executing movable type
  • Self Managed Pyblosxom

Obviously, each type of blog will have different setup requirements. Let’s examine how to connect the GNOME blog to a self-managed WordPress blog.

Configuring WordPress

Figure 1

To write a blog in WordPress from the GNOME blog, you must enable remote publishing via XML-RPC. Without this set, you will not be able to publish blogs from outside the web interface. To configure this option, you must first login to your WordPress blog (with admin rights) and then click Settings > Writing. In that section (near the top) you’ll see the place where you can enable this (see Figure 1).

Once you’ve checked the box associated with XML-RPC, scroll down and click Save Changes.

Now let’s install and use the GNOME Blog.

Facility

Installation is simple. I will demonstrate the installation on a Ubuntu 10.10 desktop. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Ubuntu Software Center.
  2. Search for the term “blog” (without quotes).
  3. Click the Install button associated with the GNOME blog.

That’s it. You will now find the tool under Applications > Internet > Blog Post Poster.

Using the GNOME blog

Figure 2

When you start GNOME Blog, click on the Preferences window so you can choose the type of blog you want to write for. From this new window (see Figure 2), select “AutoRun WordPress” from the Blog Type dropdown, and then fill in the rest of the information.

You won’t be able to select the blog name from the dropdown menu until you’ve set up the URL, username, and password. Once you’ve done that, click Browse Blogs and select the blog you want to post to from the dropdown menu.

Once you’ve selected your blog, click the Close button and you’re ready to go.

Destiny

figure 3

Posting with the GNOME blog is simple. From the main window (see Figure 3) you can enter a title and the body of your blog. You can also add a link in the blog body by clicking the Add Link… button and entering the link title and URL.

Once your blog post is complete, click the Publish Post button and your blog post will make its way over the Ethernet to your blog.

final thoughts

It should be obvious that you can’t do much in the way of formatting, adding images, and the like. But for simple text-based blog posts, you can’t beat the simplicity and ease of use of the GNOME Blog.

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