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Embedding Instagram photos

Having been announced last week, this is almost ‘old news’ in social media world, but I’m excited nonetheless. Instagram announced that we can now embed our Instagram photos or videos easily into our blog posts, websites, etc. without having to muck about with HTML.

The only drawback is that you can’t use it with wordpress.com blogs (which I have; I should have a self-hosted blog and intend on changing in the future, but for now, this serves me just fine… except for this Instagram issue. Maybe this will push me over the line). Bummer.

If I did have a self-hosted blog/website, I know embedding Instagram photos would save me a ton of time, as most of my photos are captured on the go, with my iPhone, put through Instagram in lieu of proper editing (I really do love the filters) and posted just like that. It is always a pain to save them to my dropbox or email them to myself in order to get them on my laptop, edit with photoshop and then upload into my post.

Hubspot has posted a fantastic tutorial on how to do embed your photos into a blog post and it really couldn’t be easier! You just basically go to your Instagram page in your desktop browser, choose your pic and copy some code that you then paste it into your post. Take a look and test it out. How will you use this feature?

For those of us using wordpress.com (still), we can copy and paste the URL of the photo we want and it’ll come through, but just with the Instagram header and footer.

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Random happy

A couple years ago, I started a Tumblr, as did millions of others. I was just giving it a try, as I do with any new social media platform. I called my Tumblr “random happy.” I figured, who doesn’t need a random happy thought, a random happy picture, or a random happy injection into their day?


random happy

Given that Tumblr is just another place to share the same thoughts as Twitter or this blog, but with less engagement and more annoying gif photos, I started ignoring it, and it’s now just a place that collects my random happy instagram photos, thanks to the ease with which instagram allows me to share to it. (Disclaimer: preferences to social media sites are very subjective, so you may love Tumblr and hate Twitter, and that’s fair.)

But I can’t abandon the “random happy” idea. It’s just too good a title. So I’m going to bring it here, through photos I’d like to share with you. Even though I found this picture on Pinterest recently. I had to laugh at myself because for whatever reason, I’ve been obsessed with this concept lately and have tried to integrate it into some of my work promotion strategies too. So what? I still like the idea.

As much as you may want to make fun of these “random sentences over a background,” I like it because it’s a very shareable concept. Why would anyone share plain old text on sites like Facebook, when they can share a beautiful picture with inspirational text? I would certainly click the all-important share button much more promptly for a good picture than just some text (which can’t actually be shared without copy-paste on Facebook anyway). These pictures are pin-able, FB-share worthy, likeable and tweetable all in one. And what’s wrong with brightening someone else’s day a little?

So, with that idea in mind, I’m going to bring my random happy random words on a photo to my blog. You’ll see a new random happy every week, and I dare you not to want to share it! ;)

Green space

I love my yard this time of year. It’s one of the main reasons my husband and I bought this house – even though we’re in the middle of town, in a residential area, we have a super private yard, front and back. One side is lined with cedar hedges, the other by raspberry bushes and a couple maple trees, and the front by giant green bushes (the name of which escapes me). Throughout the yard are lilac bushes, apple trees, a spruce tree, a pine tree, ivy and a whole lot of other smaller plants and bushes. It really is a private, spectacular garden.

Rhubarb from below

Cat checking out the rhubarb

Strawberry blossoms

Lilacs – who doesn’t swoon over the scent?

Back gate ivy

Can you smell them? Instant happy.

Shaded and protected from the outside world.

Mingling with the Universe

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all
-Lord Byron, 1818

First paddle of the year. West Lake, Prince George, BC.

Black bear near West Lake.

There is a rapture on the lonely shore.