IBM Communities is an interesting experiment on bridging its internal networks of subject-matter experts and its external network of customers and partners (disclaimer, I am an IBM software engineer.)
As a heavy internal blogger sold on the concept of blogging as a personal empowerment tool over centrally controlled knowledge distribution, I was initially skeptical of the notion of corporate sponsored blogging, but I accepted the challenge of giving it a go for a a few months.
Enough with the philosophical observations, which I reserve for my other blog, the sourcepatch is about coding hacks and technical tips. In this entry I wanted to help people setup their favorite off-line editors to work with IBM Communities, starting first with Windows Live Writer (in fairness, employee-employeer loyalty and all that, WLW is a remarkable tool) .
- I started with the latest version: 14.0.8050.1202 en with the intention of pointing at my newly created blog, the Energy Scrolls, at https://www-951.ibm.com/blogs/energyscrolls.
- Select Blogs –> Add blog account…
- In the “What blog service do you use?”, select “Other blog service”
- In the next dialog, use “https://www-951.ibm.com/” for the Web address of your blog and provide your username and password, click on “Next”
- In the “Select blog type” dialog, select “Atom Publishing Protocol” as the type of blog and use “https://www-951.ibm.com/blogs/api” as the service document URL, click on “Next”.
- Select your blog for the account being created (you can create other accounts for eventual additional blogs) and click on “Next”.
- I could not get it to detect the blog theme or upload images, but I pointed to the “Energy Scrolls – Media Entries” when prompted for a place to upload my files, then click on “Next”
- Just pick a nickname of your choice in the next panel and you are done.
Two more disclaimers:
- When I post an entry and check the “View in browser after publishing”, the browser does not open the entry correctly as it does for posting to other blogging platforms.
- I could not get the Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs to work.