25 May 2019

Insta Picture post - #dayout #artandnature #england #london #kew

We had a lovely day out with friends in the fabulous Kew Gardens, and it was gloriously sunny out. #dayout #kew #london #england #artandnature (Automagically cross-posted from Instagram using Microsoft Flow)

20 May 2019

Insta Picture post - #kitchen #expatlife #window #planets #almostlikehome

I've recently adopted some green friends for my kitchen windowsill, and they are starting to settle in quite nicely. It certainly changes the feeling of the kitchen, now that there is some life visible. It feels almost like home, two and a half years later. #almostlikehome #planets #kitchen #window #expatlife (Automagically cross-posted from Instagram using Microsoft Flow)

19 May 2019

Insta Picture post - #cat #friendscat #hayley #catsofinstagram

Glamour kitty close-up #hayley #cat #catsofinstagram #friendscat (Automagically cross-posted from Instagram using Microsoft Flow)

18 May 2019

Picture blogs

It looks like I have to say goodbye to my much beloved LiveWriter after many many years of good service, not because there is something wrong with LiveWriter, but simply because it looks like I am just never going to be able to include pictures in my blog posts while using LiveWriter. This is an issue on the Blogger side, and I am not sure how to resolve it – and, quite honestly, I just haven't had the energy to investigate much deeper other than finding I am not alone in this issue.

 

I have contemplated moving my blog over to another platform, but that will be a lot of admin and there are some complications that, again, I simply do not have the energy for.

 

But, I have found a work-around.

 

I can post pictures to my blog via email posts.

 

And that got me thinking. I set up a Microsoft Flow workflow last year to automatically cross-post my Instagram pictures to Twitter, because the native Instagram/Twitter integration is a piece of garbage that doesn't actually post the picture. The flow extracts the picture from Insta, and then posts it, with the caption, as a tweet. It has been working beautifully.

And so, I extended the flow to post the same to my blog. It took a few tries to get it right, but I am pretty happy with the results now. I still wish I could have a slightly better way of setting the blog title, but it is also not completely hideous now, so I think I will keep it like this for a while.

 

This works well for very lazy me, as it means I can update all my feeds with one action, which makes me very happy. I have now also added a filter to the flow to exclude certain posts if I add a specific hashtag, so I can exclude certain pictures from being posts and so still curate my blog content while allowing the occasional junk post to Insta 😊

 

While I am glad to have found a work-around, I do miss using LiveWriter for this kind of post, and may, at some point in the future, troubleshoot the issue a little deeper to see if I can find a solution.

 

[Picture included because I can, and because I am missing the beach today]

Insta Picture post - #dayout #latergram #rochester #england #kent

We spent a lovely day out in Rochester with two of our favourite humans last weekend. It was a gloriously sunny day and we could almost believe that Summer may return one day. This is the lovely Rochester Cathedral, as seen from the Rochester castle. #dayout #Rochester #Kent #england #latergram (Automagically cross-posted from Instagram using Microsoft Flow)
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