I am currently writing this blog entry on a flight somewhere over the USA using Windows Live Writer as my offline blogging tool. Anyone that has used it will tell you what a great tool it is for doing this.
Currently Live Writer allows rich offline editing of blog posts. I think the fact that blogging tools such as Live Writer are not tied to only one online blogging service is a revolutionary concept - I really do. Supporting other platforms is certainly a bold new direction for Microsoft if nothing else. In my every day life though I don't only publish stuff to my blog. I write questions (and the odd answer) on discussion forums, post the occasional video to Youtube/Soapbox, write posts on newsgroups, publish photos to Flickr, write mindless rubbish on Twitter and Facebook, etc... you get the idea. I "publish" myself all over the place. If you think about it, most of us do to some extent.
So now I'm wondering, will blogging tools one day enable me to publish to all of those mediums? After all, the tool I'm using right now is called "Live Writer", not "Live Blogger". Why should it only be a blogging tool?
This also raises the question of whether these publishing tools will one day become tools for consuming content as well as creating it. A "21st century NNTP client" if you will.
What do you think?
P.S. Leg room on American Airlines sucks and they've already told me that not all the baggage made it onto the plane at JFK. Gotta love 'em!
P.P.S. Updating later. Sure enough my baggage never left JFK.