Linux Blogging: gnome-blog

I recently came across an interesting blogging tool called gnome-blog. Anybody running Linux, blogging regularly and has not taken a look at this application yet, I recommend you do so. First let me say what it is not. It is not a full-featured, option laden, multi-functioned application. As for what it is; gnome-blog is a panel object (aka applet) that can post directly to blogs utilizing the bloggerAPI such as Life with Christ. It is also compatible with several other weblogs including blogger.com, pyblosxom, and moveable-type.

Bottom line is that gnome-blog is a simple and productive little application. It has a “clean interface… WYSIWYG styled text support…” and entries,”can be written gradually throughout the day popping gnome-blog open and closed as you have thoughts to jot down and then posting at the end of the day”. And the configuration could not be simpler.

Here is a shot of the entire configuration screen:

Settings for LwC are as follows:

  • Blog Type: Self-Run Other
  • Blog Protocol: BloggerAPI
  • XML-RPC URL: http://lifewithchrist.org/RPC
  • Username: your LwC username
  • Password: your LwC password
  • To test your settings you can click on the Lookup Blogs button and it should return your blog name.

    The applet is simply a little button on your panel that opens the entry screen.

    As you can see there are very few “extras”. Those being the bold and italics buttons and a simple Add Link button. When your entry is ready to go you simply click on Post Entry.

    There is also a standalone application in Applications|Accesories. This standalone is very similar to the quick entry screen but has a button for Preferences.

    Now gnome-blog ala LwC is not without some quirks. For example the title field does not translate as the title into LwC and there is no Category field within gnome-blog, but this is of little consequence since LwC does not currently support categories within BloggerAPI. Alas, there are reasonable workarounds. Essentially, embrace your title within <title></title> tags and the category within the <category></category> tags. Make sure you use a legitimate category that you have already set up on LwC.

    In the near future I intend to test drive BloGTK which seems to be very similar to w.Bloggar familar to window$ users. I will put together a similar post after I have had a chance give it a run.