Writing: Google Docs & WordPress.com

In an effort to speed things up a bit I’ve been experimenting with the sharing options on Google Docs. I figured that because I’ve been using Google Docs for a lot of my writing recently I might as well see if there’s a fast way to share stuff with the world. I know the capacity exists because I’ve seen the “post to blog” button at the bottom Sadly; for whatever reason, the built in option to publish to WordPress.com doesn’t actually work. It returns an error of “(xmlrpc) Unexpected Response Type” and doesn’t go any further. Now I know that WordPress supports XML-RPC as it’s needed for several other pieces of software that I’ve tried over the last couple of years; so, the question is how to fix it?

With a quick search on Google I came across someone with the same problem in the official WordPress.com forums. It seems a bit of a backwards way to solve the problem, but it does work. I’m not sure why the built in version returns an error, and judging by the dates on the forum post I don’t think Google’s Doc team are in a hurry to fix it.

For more in depth instructions on how to publish from Google Docs to a blog take a look at this post on the Socialmediaguide blog.

I did discover one fatal flaw in this idea: the entire document is published as a single blog post. There’s no way force it to publish directly to a page, or even to make it cut the post down to an acceptable length. I’m sure that’s fine and dandy if you’re using Google Docs to write individual blog entries, but I was planning to use it to publish short stories which can range from two thousand up to about sixty thousand words. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen sixty thousand words appearing on a blog like this, but it’s a painful experience to sit and read it. I guess, for now, I’ll need to go back to the drawing board and find another solution.

1 Response to “Writing: Google Docs & WordPress.com”

  1. 1 pasha34 January 6, 2011 at 21:32

    interesting.. good site

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