We’re all about the blogging, right? As a matter of fact this blog post has been created using OneNote 2013. And if you are using OneNote 2010 you can still blog using this application! What makes OneNote so ideal for blogging? It is the perfect tool for assembling information from many sources, web -based, screen shots, data from other applications, all in one place. And then, simple drag and drop, and voila! You have a blog post. In fact, OneNote uses the functionality built in to MS Word 2013 and Word 2010 to enable this feature.
So what are the steps?
- Create Content
- In OneNote, on the menu bar, choose File | Send| Send to Blog
- A document containing your content will open in MS Word
So let’s take a look, shall we? For our demo we will see this very content which will be posted to our blog. Go to the File menu option and left click.
From the left hand menu choose Send.
At the bottom of the list is Send to Blog. Left click on this choice.
A MS Word document will open containing your blog post. Notice the top left-hand corner where the area labelled Blog contains several options for how you will publish this post. The first time you use this feature you will be required to set up an account that will communicate with your blog host. You can maintain several accounts each pointing to a different host. For example, I have accounts for WordPress, Blogger and SharePoint and I can choose where I want to post my content.
Let’s look at what the Manage Accounts choice will display.
You will need to configure the information for your blog. For example, if you choose to post to WordPress, the blog post URL will prepopulate with a placeholder in brackets (<>) to substitute your own blog URL. Since WordPress can handle images contained in my posts, under Picture Options I have chosen “My Blog Provider” as the picture provider. If your blog service handles images differently you can choose accordingly.
When your account is properly set up all you need to do is click on Publish to send your post to your configured blog!
After your post has been completed you can edit previous posts by clicking on “Open Existing”. If you have created categories for your posts, you can add those at this time as well.
Using OneNote to aggregate your information and then post to your blog can accelerate and improve your blogging experience!
PLEASE NOTE: Images used in your post must be flattened. If you use the drawing tools in OneNote to annotate your images they will not appear correctly in your post. I use SnagIt to mark up my images and flatten them so they appear correctly. You may have your own tool that you prefer,