Monday, May 10, 2010

Hoo Boy Does Microsoft Office Suck

I do want to entertain you, fine readers. I know that a huge block of text on the internet is about as much fun to read as stabbing your own eyes out with a salt-lick. And if I use Blogger's nifty little blog editing tool thing, I can make some pretty kick-ass entries into the blogging world. I can put in some pictures, I can make it real pretty. What I can't do in the blogger editor thing is quickly and easily make stat blocks. And let's face it, a good stat block with a kick-ass picture beside it looks a lot nicer than a good stat block.

So for stats, I've been using Microsoft Word, and it's suite of table-craft tools. I'm copying and pasting monsters that I've stolen or created using the D&D adventure tools from Wizards, and uploading them from there. But there have been a few issues with that approach so far, not the least of which is the fucked up formatting the change from Word to Blogger inflicts on the tables. There are extra spaces when the table is published. It doesn't look like that when I'm writing the post.

So I guess I'm looking for a new way to make blog posts. I want to be able to include pictures without figuring out Microsoft's arcane API uploading rules, I want to be able to copy-paste rich-text from the Adventure Tools in a way that doesn't suck, and I want to be able to write on something that isn't the Blogger editor. The fact that blogger forces all of my pictures to the top of the post drives me completely bonkers.



Johnni said...

But I thought you liked salt lick.

Mike said...

If you want to stick with Blogger, I recommend checking out Windows Live Writer (

Depending on how fancy you want to get, you may want to think about switching over to your own Wordpress installation. Total control. If you want to talk about it I'm at Encounters every Wednesday (Goliath Monk).