Blogging with Firefox and Windows Live Writer just got better. Microsoft (on its Windows Live Gallery site) has released a Add on for Firefox called “Blog This” which adds a really nifty little icon to your Firefox menu bar. This new icon lets you choose to start a new blog post, or open a blog post in Windows Live Writer, but it’s the third option that I like.
The third option is “Blog This…” and what it does is open up Windows Live Writer with the subject line the title of the web page, a block quote with any text you have highlighted on the page and a link to the page. It also adds a toolbar above the post area where it says “Insert Link” so you can just highlight some text, click the button, and you have link. No more having to go back to the browser to get the link!
For me, this adds so much to my blogging style. For example, I went to the Windows Live Gallery site, highlighted the following text, and here it is:
The Blog This for Firefox adds a button to Firefox which starts a new Windows Live Writer blog post prepopulated with content and title from the current web page. Blog the whole page, or just selected snippets. Interacts with other registered plugins to parse and structure web content where appropriate. Blog quickly when you find something of interest on the web.
Source: Windows Live Gallery
The Source link was added, but all other links on this page I simply highlighted and clicked the new “Insert Link” box! Now I can do this for posts I want to write right now, or I can grab the snippet I want, save the draft, and come back to it later. Wow!