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Easy Blog Posting with Google Docs – Any Platform!

Blog Posting Troubles Eliminated

Does it take you more time to post to your blog than it does to write your post? Technical difficulties with blog posting can be a real source of aggravation. Ever try to place tables inside a post? What about getting pictures to be where you want them. How about copy and pasting from MS Word to Blogger or WordPress ? The HTML gets all messed up and your post looks terrible.

That’s why I had started using ECTO. I still like ECTO for it’s flickr, amazon, tagging, and other features. But formatting of text size and layout can still be difficult sometimes. Today I found another solution that is very good from a formatting point of view, namely being able to insert tables easily.

How to Use Google Docs to Post to Your Blog

  1. Get a Google account. It’s in the upper right hand corner of Google. (Google has so many great resources available to you, this is something you should do anyway.)
  2. Go to “My Account”
  3. Click on Docs & Spreadsheets (might as well bookmark it)
  4. Click on “New Document”
  5. Type your article and enjoy the ease of formatting.
  6. Try inserting a table. Here’s an example:
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday
    Blue Red Yellow
    Green Orange Purple
  7. Insert a Picture:
  8. Save. But Google Docs has been saving all along for you. And you can check every save under the revisions tab. Unbelievable. If you want you can also do a “Save As” to save into many other formats such as Word, PDF, HTML, Open Office, Text and more.
  9. Click on “Publish” in the upper right hand corner. Don’t worry. Nothing will happen until you set things up.
  10. Click on “Post to Blog.” This is where you will set up access to your blog. You can set this up for all types of blogging platforms such as hosted ones like Blogger and WordPress.com. Or you can set this up for your own server/custom solution such as WordPress.org blogs. You will type in your username and password. It will allow you to test whether the settings are correct.
  11. Click on “Post to Blog” again after your set up is complete. Now you have published to your blog!

Conclusion

Pretty easy. I’m very excited about Google Docs because of this effortless way to post to my blog, and also because I can use Google’s disk space instead of mine for archiving and storage. I’d like to give credit to Leo over at ZenHabits for turning me onto Google Docs through his article on writing. Leo has an excellent blog which covers many things including Getting Things Done by David Allen.

I think I will actually still use ECTO to publish to my site. Here’s why: I use WordPress.org. I have my blog set up to use my post title in the permalink. Using Google Docs to publish doesn’t carry out that preference. So I will create and format my posts using Google Docs and then copy/paste into ECTO to then publish to my blog. Why don’t I just use the WordPress online posting tool? It’s better than Blogger, but it is still too slow and quirky for me. Using Google Docs along with ECTO is a good solution for me.

What blog posting process do you use?

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22 Responses to Easy Blog Posting with Google Docs – Any Platform!

  1. Dee May 12, 2007 at 10:35 am #

    That sounds great. I’ve never used Google Docs. What I usually do is type my posts on Word just because I want an extra copy of each post incase a nightmare should happen and something happens to my blog. Google Doc sounds good I should give it a try sometime.

  2. agentsully May 12, 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    Hey Dee, Yeah, it’s really cool. I don’t know if you ran into the problems I had with copy and pasting from MS Word into the Blogger posting tool. It was terrible. Pasting from Google Docs should work better. And I bet since Blogger is by Google it should work great simply posting to Blogger right from Google Docs.

    Will you share with us how it works with Blogger? Thanks!

  3. Oscar R May 12, 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    It looks like a nice idea, but to be true I think it needs to be polished.

    I haven’t give Google Docs a real oportunity yet, but I’ve tried posting in to a MT blog and didn’t work (pass problems, but every details was ok).

    Anyway, I’m also missing things such as Summaries, extended entries… but this could be ok for the average Joe user maybe.

    A note: the image of the sun in this post is near a 1 megabity. Not sure if this was you or GG Docs, but seems way too much.

  4. Dee May 12, 2007 at 6:49 pm #

    yeah copying and pasting can turn into a nightmare … when you do it you should copy and paste each paragraph at a time. i’m planning on tryin to post from within google doc tomorrow so I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  5. Nathan May 22, 2007 at 2:27 pm #

    Great tip!

    If only it would do titles correctly, although not too much of a hassle to whip into my blog’s admin and add a title I guess (might mess up the permalink though, hmmm will need testing).

  6. AgentSully May 22, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi Nathan, Thanks for the comment. What I do is this: in Google Docs I Copy/paste the title of the doc into the top of the document. When it gets inserted into my blog editor on wordpress I just copy/paste it into the title line. Interesting blog. I joined your MBL community.

  7. Moab February 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Sounds great, but my Google Docs Titles do not get turned into Blogger post titles, so I have no titles on my posts.

    Additionally, I can’t seem to tag my google documents, so there are no catagories assigned to my Blogger posts. Any fixes?

    Thanks!

    • agentsully February 23, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

      @Moab – You are right about the two things it won’t do for you. Regarding title, I type the title as the first line. Then when I copy and paste everything into the WYSIWYG editor, I take one more step and copy/paste in the title into the title field. No solution for the tags. Just have to tag it after you copy/paste. Good luck. Thanks for commenting.

  8. David April 2, 2008 at 6:58 am #

    nice solution & tip for bloggers 😉

  9. Franca Richard April 15, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    Interesting post, I will try it today!

  10. cactitallMymn January 21, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

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  14. BlueHornet July 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    This look interesting,so far.
    If it’s not just all bots here, let me know. I’m looking to network
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.

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    • agentsully July 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

      @BlueHornet – thanks for dropping by.

  15. Online math tutor July 27, 2009 at 1:20 am #

    well ECTO sounds better than our usual MS Word and other formatting tools… and the things of surprise for me is that i’ve been using the Google Docs since its been launched…but i never used it for posting my blogs… this is a great idea thanks for highlighting it up to my knowledge…

  16. Shennan T. August 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    My goodness this is crazy good info. Blog beware.. hahaha

  17. Dave May 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    ahh, i dont know google docs can help post on blog until i read this. i usually use google docs only to save any pdf document i found using google viewer (i think).. thanks for sharing

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