When previewing a post in MarsEdit that is going to my blog on Blogger, I see that the Markdown code is correctly turned into html when I use the "Markdown" filter. I assumed that when MarsEdit uploads my post to blogger it would also convert the Markdown code to html so that Blogger would render the post exactly as MarsEdit did for the preview.
However, I see that the Markdown code is sent to Blogger without translating it into html. I've checked all the menus and settings but can't find an option that says something like, "Convert Markdown to html before sending to blog". Is there such a setting?
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that MarsEdit purposefully sends the Markdown code and assumes that the blog will also understand Markdown. That way the local version and the blog version would be in sync. However, in the case of Blogger, there doesn't appear to be a way for it to handle Markdown. Perhaps other blogs do this, but Blogger doesn't.
Unless MarsEdit gives me an option to convert Markdown code to html before sending it to Blogger, I can't take advantage of the simplicity and transparency of Markdown: I am better off writing in html in the first place. Or perhaps I need another program that exports html from a Markdown source and then paste that html into MarsEdit. That would be a pain since every time I wanted to make a change I'd have to go back to the original code, change the Markdown, export the html, and then paste it into MarsEdit, which then uploads it to Blogger. In that case I'd be better off not using MarsEdit and just paste the html code from the Markdown software directly into Blogger.
Have I missed something?