I like to create a weekly wrap up of the gupf I’ve posted to my blog, in fact you can subscribe to my weekly wrap up feed. The following is a simple application that I created in C# with Visual Studio 2010 Express that uses WPF and allows you to suck your feed and select all the posts from a time period.  It then creates a wrap up post.  Simple.

Actually it’s really simple and easy to use.

Disclaimer:  I wrote this in my spare time and even though I’ve written about it, neither myself nor Microsoft make any warranty or accept any responsibility for something going wrong with it.  Use it at your own risk.  That said it doesn’t do much so it’s hard to see how it can go pear shaped.

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How to use it

Live Writer Wrapup Tool

  1. Install it
  2. Start it by clicking the icon on your Start menu
  3. Enter the address of your feed (hit Save to, er, save it), select the dates to wrap up
    1. Optionally enter a title for the post – you can also do this later
  4. Hit Blog This!
  5. Finish editing your post in Live Writer, which will open with a wrap up of your posts, then post it.
  6. Chill, maybe grab a beer or some cheesy nachos or both
  1. komatozo says:

    Yeah, though it is not always evident how to select dates it is worth a try. I think, I'll post about it at the end of the month. Ways to improve if you care:
    1) doesn't work with proxy
    2) if the RSS feed doesn't contain the items for the date you cannot wrap them. May be it is better to get items through Live Writer itself, not from RSS?

  2. sjrmay says:

    komatozo,

    Thanks for the feedback, pretty sure it's working fine for me through a proxy, so that one is a little odd…I'm not in the office now so can't confirm just yet.

    Interested in point 2, how do you mean if there's nothing for the selected dates it won't wrap them? It does require that you've at least posted something otherwise you'll get a blank doc…can you think of a better way to handle this? I'm happy to try to make it happen…or at least try.

    Si

  3. komatozo says:

    I wasn't very specific, sorry: it doesn't work with proxy servers which require authentication.
    Well… Imagine a situation: you post 4 posts a week. Your RSS feed is configured to show 10 latest posts. If you wrap the last month you will get only 10 messages out of 16. I know it is more author fault, than yours (it isn't yours at all, to be clear), But if we could pass by the “drawback”, it would be good for the programm =)))

  4. sjrmay says:

    Yes that's a very good point, the way I've got around it is to set my feed to 50 posts – I know won't out post 50 in a week, which is the time period I use. I'll have a think about a way around that…I think there's a plugin for the likes of WordPress which could help.

  5. komatozo says:

    Yes, setting the BIG numbers help (I am not affected, actually: my post rate is not more than 2 posts a week and feedburner give 25 items to my feed), but hardcore posters may be affected, I guess =)

  6. komatozo says:

    Another possibly useful features to add:
    1) various sort options: by date ascending, by date descending, alphabetically, etc…
    2) ability to add dates next to records
    Though, seems, like I like it the way it is ;)
    Thanks

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