Almost a week after Google updated app security Windows Live Writer is still not connecting correctly to Blogger. Every other Windows base blog editor is still failing also. There are signs that the Google and Microsoft are working together to solve this issue, but unfortunately the fixes do not include posts with images and many users are still having issues posting in general. At this time I can post without images but as soon as I add images my posts fail with the same error. I have posted two work arounds already but yesterday a reader gave me the ultimate work around. This workaround works well but has many steps to get set up. Hopefully a solution is found soon but if your one of the user who can’t wait in hope for a solution follow along below for a solution that will allow you to publish with Windows Live Writer to Blogger and still maintain images and hyperlinks.
Note this workaround includes creating free accounts with WordPress and a service called ITFFF. We will not be using WordPress for our blog just to hold the content while ITFFF pushes it to blogger.
I have completed several very complex posts using this method and all features worked as expected.
Remember this set up is fairly lengthy but once this is working it will save you a lot of time.
Step 1. Create a Free WordPress account. (Again this is not moving to WordPress we will just use WordPress to hold the content while it moves to Blogger).
WordPress Sign Up
Create a new Account, Choose No thanks I’ll use the free address.
You’ll notice a create blog lower on the screen now.
Take the steps to create a blog, None of the information matters you’ll just need the username and password to connect to Blogger.
Again none of the options matter you will be using WordPress to hold the posts only.
Step 2. Login in to the email account that you used to create your WordPress account and verify your account you will have received an email from WordPress.com. Click the verify link.
Step 3. Create an IFTTT.com account. This is a service that can copy blogs from WordPress to Blogger.com
Step 4. Log in to the email account used to create ITFFF.com account and confirm your email.
Step 5. Tell ITFFF.com to move posts from WordPress to your Blogger account.
Choose Browse to find your rule to move the posts.
In the search in the middle of the page type “Wordpress Blogger” and choose Search.
Click the WordPress to Blogger icon
Here’s were we’ll connect our channels
Do WordPress Connect first
Connect Your blogger account next
If your already signed into to Google it will not ask for your blogger username and password if not you’ll need to enter it.
I now have a job that will move my WordPress posts to blogger if I click the run button.
Step 6. Last step I now just need to tell Windows Live Write to post to my WordPress account. This is very simple.
In Windows Live Write Choose Manage Blogs.
Enter the WordPress info you created in previous steps username password and url.
Choose no to the theme we don’t care about the wordpress theme.
Give this new blog a name that’s easy to remember so when this is fixed we can remove it.
Step 7. Close Windows Live Writer and open it again to see your new blog settings.
Step 8. Publish to the WordPress account. Click Publish
Step 9. Wait a few minutes then sign into ITFFF.com and push the run move job button. Under My recipes.
I don’t know how quickly this will run on it’s own but you can make it automatic by clicking the run button.
This should run pretty fast I created this post with atleast 15 images and it only took a few minutes for me to see it in Blogger
Let me know your experiences or if there is something I can improve on this how to guide.