What I'm actually after is a powerful tool for researching, composing and publishing posts. That includes keyword research, image gathering, source reading (RSS reading and sorting, etc.), draft capabilities that span multiple computers, advertising or affiliate program integration, etc. All of it included in a "geeky" package without WYSIWYG editing and the other stuff aimed at beginners. There is an ever growing pile of tools that are aimed at that crowd already. And, every one of those tools frustrates me.
So, to build my own. I've been messing with several of the .NET DLL's that are going to make this much easier as well as hooking into Amazon, etc. from C#. It's looking much simpler than I first thought it might be, making this a promising possibility. The DLL that's useful for this particular functionality is the Tortuga.NET library, which actually does lots of useful stuff including reading RSS and posting to Metaweblog API engines.
I thought I'd share just how easy it can be to make a bare bones posting app that just has a few text boxes for entering the title and the raw HTML to the post and a few more for username/password and XMLRPC Url and a button for posting a draft and another for publishing.
From that framework here's all it really takes to post a draft entry into a Metaweblog API compatible engine like Wordpress.
Tortuga.MetaWeblog mwlog = new Tortuga.MetaWeblog();
mwlog.Login = username.Text;
mwlog.Password = password.Text;
mwlog.ServiceUrl = xmlrpcurl.Text;
//The last parameter in NewPost is set to false to keep the post as a draft
postId = mwlog.NewPost("0", postTitle.Text, postBody.Text, false);
postTitle.Text = "";
postBody.Text = "";
MessageBox.Show("Posted as post: " + postId);
That's included in the sample project ZIP I put together to help others get started. To keep it quick and easy, the code is just duplicated for the publish or draft function instead of being properly abstracted into the single difference.