Lately I’ve been doing all my Elgg posting in w.bloggar, a small Windows client that sits in my taskbar next to the system clock. It’s not that the Elgg interface is in any way bad (although I would say that); however, being able to post with a utility means I don’t even have to have a web browser open to share what I’m thinking. One click brings up a text box; another one publishes my post to my weblog.
This is all done through a technology called XML-RPC, which Misja Hoebe has written an Elgg interface for, based on the XML-RPC PEAR library. All you have to do is download a compatible client, set the host to your Elgg server (here it’s elgg.net) and set the XML-RPC path to /_rpc/RPC2.php. There are a couple of different blogging standards, but the MovableType one works fine.
I’ll be checking out phone posting clients over the next few weeks and reporting back.