I’ve often defended my choice to blog in something other than Lotus Notes by simply saying that NOT using it allows me to use other tools.
Well this is not the case and hasn’t been the case for quite some time. About 5 years ago Jake Howlett added support to DomBlog for the blogger API. He also offered the code to the other Domino based blog templates and I added support into BlogSphere as early as version 1.
Now BlogSphere V3 has support for the MetaWebLog API which is probably the most common blogging API used by external tools. There is full support for creating and editing posts, uploading images, categories and tags. Everything that you need.
Looking for an external tool to use against blogsphere then you don’t have to look very far, there is ScribeFire for Firefox, Live Writer for Windows and Mars Edit for Mac ( which I’m using to create this blog posting ) and there are even tools for the iPhone like BlogWriter which supports the MetaWebLog API.
Not using BlogSphere, then the xml-rpc agent can easily be moved into the official IBM blog template and with a little developer time thrown in to create a few views and update the agent I’m sure it would be very easy to add support for MetaWebLog API to that and probably other templates also.