Blogging from Emacs
When blogging on WordPress.com, it seems you are forced to use the web-based editor where you watch your posts. This is not true! You can use other methods, whether you want to is a personal choice.
This time, I have chosen to use my editor: Emacs. The Emacs editor was designed many years ago to serve as a ‘List editor’. The choice of name is not obvious now but at the time it was fitting. A common method for handling data at the time was to build lists and process them with the LISP programming language. LISP means List Processing and so the ‘editor’ was written with that in mind. As Emacs became more and more popular, the number of extensions increased. This was made possible by the fact that extending the editor was a design choice to begin with. To achieve this, all changes to the Emacs editor left it open to the Elisp language, a special dialect of LISP.
With an extension written in Elisp, name org2blog, you can now choose to blog with your editor.
This package contains all the routines you may need when writing text. For formatting, it is better to use a template.
With that said, you can add pictures in the document as you would inside org-mode.
Figure 1: Panda dressed up for Christmas
To publish, you need to make some settings, namely your blog’s url and credentials. More about that in a later post.
There are many more systems to do this and there are support for other platforms.