Easily Add Images to Your Blog Posts

February 29, 2008

Normally, I don’t add a lot of extras to my blog posts. They mainly consist of text with some youtube embedded videos here and there. However, I have found a method to EASILY add images to your blog posts that I will outline here for others to use. The following tools are required:

  • Windows Live Writer
  • flickr Account
  • Some addons to make life easy

Windows Live Writer

ss1First off, I am a huge fan of using off-line editors to compose blog posts. As such, I will recommend EVERYONE try out Windows Live Writer (WLW). I will not go into too much detail about the over compelling reasons to use to or the feature set, but I will say that the application will automagically save drafts every X minutes! This is a life saver for me as I have lost more than 1 post to the internet gods.

One of the cool things about Windows Live Writer is the ability to access multiple blogs across different services with just one editor!  When I first heard of WLW, I figured it would be available only for Microsoft blogging services (Windows Live Spaces), but they have been nice enough to open up the platform.

Another cool thing is built-in spell check and other What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editing tools.  An off-line editor is a must in my opinion for any blogger. My personal choice is Windows Live Writer.


flickr_logo_gamma.gif.v1.5.14I am sure that EVERYONE has heard of flickr.  If not, you must have been living under a rock for the last 2 years or so. Basically, an online photo management and sharing application. The cool thing about flickr is the ability to tag photos, define collections and sets of photos, share photos, search for photos by tags, etc etc.

So if you don’t already have a flickr account, sign up free now! Note, if you have a yahoo email address, you can use that to log into flickr!

Addons to make it happen

Now that you have Windows Live Writer and flickr, the only thing left is to install some addons to make it all happen. The key addon I use is called Flickr4Writer.  The download page is a tad confusing for non techies, so go directly to the CodePlex release page to download the latest release. After downloading, install the application and you’re almost good to go.

Another addon I will recommend is the Uploadr for Flickr Firefox addon.  What this allows you to do is easily upload ANY image found on the web into your flickr account. This saves the step of first downloading the image to your hard drive and then uploading it to flickr.  To see the addon in action, simply right click on any image and select ‘upload to flickr’. That’s it!

Making it Happen

Now that you have Windows Live Writer and a flickr account, you can EASILY insert flickr images into your blog posts. In the file menu of Windows Live Writer, choose: Insert => Flickr Image.  A little box will pop up presenting some criteria for finding the images. You can search for photos by username (yourself or anyone), you can search photosets or even search by tag.

After you hit search and find the photo you like, you can define the picture size (thumbnail, medium, large, etc) and layout (align left, align right, borders, etc). Click “Insert Image” and blog away!


2 Responses to “Easily Add Images to Your Blog Posts”

  1. Shang Lee Says:

    Been trying the writer, but somehow i got stuck at the stage where it asks me for the http:////xmlrpc.php. i tried my blogname but it didn’t work, giving an error of 406. any idea what this is?

  2. wujimon Says:

    Hi Shang.

    I think you may have to fully qualify the path to the xmlrpc file. For example, let’s say you install wordpress in a directory called wp.

    Then the fully qualified path would be:

    http = domain-name.com/wp/xmlrpc.php

    Give that a try and see if it works.

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