Odd experience – Blogging with Word 2013

This is a bit of an odd one.

I usually use Word 2013 as my content editor. As I understand it there has been a Blog Post template since Word 2007, but it was only when I started using Office 2013, that I realised. It works very well. One of the down sides is that whilst it allows you to post Categories, tags are not handled. You can get around this by posting as draft and adding them from the WordPress (WP) editor.

Back to my ‘odd experience’. I sat up last night until just after 11:30, writing a blog post about the team building away day. Everything went well until I came to add the category and I got an error message basically telling me that Word could not get the category list from WordPress. Not a problem I thought, must be a glitch somewhere, I’ll post as draft anyway. But that failed with another error message telling me that Word could not register my account at WordPress. “That’s a bit stupid” I thought, my account is registered. Time for Google!!. There were lots of messages out with the same errors that I was getting. None of them very helpful but ranged from “reinstall Office” down to “use Blogger instead. After about 45 minutes, I gave up and resolved to try again today.

I was up around 8am and tried again. Same errors! “This is not good” I thought, “I’ll try Windows Live Writer (WLW)”. That worked, but as you cannot post draft from WLW, I had to be quick to check how the post looked.

As a last resort I rechecked Google for help and hidden amongst** the “reinstall everything” posts, there was one, that I had not seen the night before, that explained a fix that might work. This was:

  1. Open the Blogpost template
  2. Click on ‘Manage Accounts’ from the Blog Post tab
  3. Select the WordPress account and remove it
  4. Close down Word and reopen it
  5. Open the Blogpost template and you will be asked to set up a blog account
  6. Enter your WP details then restart Word

Ta Dah!! Everything back to normal and I’m happy again.

** Another one for you grammar hawks … ‘among’ or ‘amongst’ … which is more correct? I prefer ‘amongst’ as you can see!

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One thought on “Odd experience – Blogging with Word 2013

  1. …and it didn’t lose all your back posts? I don’t think I’d have dared try that.

    Among or amongst: Both are correct, but I’d have said “amongst” is archaic. On the other hand, I’m getting a bit archaic myself, so who am I to complain?

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