Gus Mueller of Flying Meat is a good friend who, for a short time, even worked on MarsEdit. Much to my chagrin, Gus doesn’t actually use MarsEdit for editing his own blogs. When I’ve asked him why, he explains that he’s too tied to a particular setup involving VoodooPad, his desktop wiki app.
To make things worse, he’s finally made his blogging solution public! You can read all about static publishing with VoodooPad on the Flying Meat site. There goes the neighborhood.
Although MarsEdit supports static publishing, I have to confess it’s pretty minimal compared to the support for hosted blog services such as WordPress and Blogger. MarsEdit support is all built around the old “Blosxom” publishing convention. If you’re interested, Dan Weeks has a good write-up about how he used this support to connect MarsEdit with Octopress.
Although static publishing isn’t a top priority for MarsEdit today, I’ll be considering enhancements that would give more flexibility and power to these setups. In the mean time if MarsEdit doesn’t fit your needs, I strongly encourage you to check out Gus’s new stuff in VoodooPad!