Cool Stuff I Figured Out Using Google: Publish to your Blog with Google Docs

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Posted on 21st February 2010 by Pia Simeoni in Geeky Pursuits

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Whenever I think about some kind of business productivity tool I need, such as a free mind-mapping tool, the first thing that comes to my mind is Google. Of course I use Google to search for this information, but because I use Google Docs, Calendar, Voice, Reader, Maps, and so on, I look to Google first to see if they have developed a tool that would meet my need, or if it’s in the works. No luck with regard to mind-mapping. What about blogging then? I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner, but I wanted to know if Google Docs could integrate with my self-hosted WordPress blog. Well, of course it does. If you want to post a Google Doc to your blog, just go to the Share menu on the right side of the page, and Publish as web page… and then you’ll get a window that will allow you to either publish or post to blog. You’ll have to enter your blog settings and then test. Once you have everything set up correctly, publishing to your blog is as easy as clicking the “Post to Blog” button. Visit your blog, and there’s your post! Pretty easy and straightforward. However…

The only issue I have with using Google Docs as my publishing tool is that it doesn’t publish the title of the post, even if I format the title as <h1> (which I’ve read works for some blogs.) So, it assigns a number rather than a hyphenated version of the post’s title. Then I have to log in to WordPress and add the title.

Anyone out there able to figure out how to get Google Docs to include the document title when posting, or is it not supported for a self-hosted blog using WordPress 2.9.1?

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