Buzzing with anticipation, I drag my bin of legos into the center of the living room floor. I tip the bin up, unleashing a sea of pieces, little yellow men bobbing with the waves. The empty carpet calling to be covered is barely audible over the plastic rush.
So I build, fashion, fit. Deconstruct, retrofit, reassemble. My face contorted, I press harder, something won’t work. (“SHIT!” The release.)
These are two things I’ve inherited from my Dad: his building, and his short fuse. A spark of irritation sets the wick burning, hiss… BOOM. (“SHIT!” The release.)
Chunks fly, meet the carpet and dissolve into pieces again. I look around bewildered. Who said that? I did? Did I even know what it meant? Shit. But somehow I knew it was wrong, You’re not supposed to. But why not…? Back to my legos… Take a deep breath, try again.
So, if you don’t have to deal only with the annoying web interface… using so-called “third-party clients” (made by other software companies other than Six Apart, who make Movable Type) can make blogger a much more pleasant experience. It also allows you to author entries offline, then post them later, as well as a host of other features. (I’ve only tried SharpMT so far, but it works great!)
EDIT: update! I’d now recommend you try MTClient. It’s light and easy to use, and is the only one so far that actually lets you post drafts to the server…
Here are two pages to read for more info…
This link is a list of several clients known to work with Movable Type blogs. I’ll try out a few and then post which one I think is best, probably by tomorrow or maybe this weekend. I’m using SharpMT right now and it’s great, just a little hard to install.
BUT, you must first go here and follow the instructions to create a separate password to use with third-party clients for added security. (Basically, just log into mt, then click your name at the very top right where it says “Welcome ____”. Then, scroll down and enter an “API Password”, you may have to enter a password hint as well (though I think this hint is supposed to be for your regular password, not the API one.)
Then, when you get around to setting up the software, enter “http://mt.middlebury.edu/mt/mt-xmlrpc.cgi” in the application settings where needed. (or if it asks for the cgi-bin directory, only enter “http://mt.middlebury.edu/mt/”)