How to Combine Flickr and Blogging, Part I

You are thinking about putting photos on your blog – which is a very good idea. Photos are wonderful eye catchers, and often they say more than many words.

Two ways of Inserting Photos in your Blog Post

Roughly spoken there are two ways of inserting photos in your blog posts:

  1. You upload them from your computer to your blog
  2. You refer to your photos in your Flickr account.

If you haven’t got a Flickr account yet, you can of course do it by uploading your photos from your computer to your blog. But if you have got a blog with the address …blogspot.com or …wordpress.com, both meaning that you have got a free blog host, the number of files you can upload is limited.

So, if you are thinking of using many photos, you’ve got to get a free Flickr account. Just pop over to http://www.flickr.com and register.

“Blog this”

You have a Flickr account, and you have been regularly feeding it with  photos . One of them would go nicely with one of your next blog posts. How to get it there?

Sign in your Flickr account. Then:

  • Select YOU in the top navigation.
  • Select YOUR ACCOUNT.
  • A new page will open; select EXTENDING FLICKR
  • Give the address of your blog.
  • Go back to YOU.
  • Click on the photo you want to go with your post.
  • Directly on top of the photo you can find BLOG THIS.
  • Click on BLOG THIS and select your blog.
  • A new page will open with a form. You have to fill in the title and the text of your blog post.
  • Click on POST ENTRY  – your post will be immediately published!

This way of doing it has one advantage: It is easy and fast.

But: You cannot schedule posts. In my blog post next Monday I will show you an alternative which will allow you to schedule your posts. So come back then!

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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

3 responses to “How to Combine Flickr and Blogging, Part I”

  1. Robert Hruzek says :

    Very nice, Ulla! I tried it and it worked just fine. I would suggests some additions to your instructions, though. It’s for those who haven’t already done the steps below:

    When you say “Click on BLOG THIS and select your blog.”, you may not have it set up yet. It will ask if you want to do that.

    If you answer Yes, then you have to select what your blogging platform is: Type Pad, Word Press, etc. It will also ask for your username and password to store. (You don’t have to store it if you don’t want to, but you’ll have to enter it every time otherwise.)

    Finally you’ll be given a choice of templates. Select the one you’ll use most often and go for it! (You can always go into your blog Dashboard and edit it if you want to later.)

    My biggest issue is not being able to schedule these, though, so I would probably not use it much. But if I wanted to post a quick photo and comment, this is a very easy way to do it.

    Thanks, and a tip o’ the hat, Ulla!

  2. Shalin says :

    Sweet!!! Thanks so much! Is there a way to put more than one pic on the post?

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