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Photo Tips: Setting up Flickr to Post Directly to your Blog

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You can set up your flickr account so you cna compose and publish a blog post directly from one of your photos. In this screencast (created with the free tool screenr), I show you how to do this (and in the same area, you can set up flickr to be able to share also to twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and more)

In a nutshell, the steps are:

  • Be sure your WordPress Settings for Writing and make sure the option for “Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols” is checked. This allows third party apps (that you select/approve) can publish to your blog.
  • In Flickr, go to your account options for sharing and under the “more sites” options, click WordPress.
  • In the dialog box, fill in the url for your blog, and enter your username/password to allow flickr to post to your blog
  • One this connection has been made, see the options under “Select a Layout”; this allows you to choose what format flickr uses to post (I like the large image one). There are more options to customize the output even kore.
  • Once this is set up, you can post a blog post from any of your own flickr images. Just load up the image page, and look for your blog under the “Share” button above the photo. You can then enter title for the new blog post, and write the content that will be your blog content.

That’s it! Now when you put your daily create in flickr, you can just write a post to your blog without even going to your blog.

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