Using Flickr with Your Blog

by Barbara J. Feldman on December 2, 2008

Blogging is one of the latest-growing trends to share news, personal information, or business information. Many people use blogs to inform their family and friends about updates in their lives and other things. With blogs you are able to upload videos and photos to share with your readers.

Flickr supports several blogging services including:

• Atom Enabled Blogs
• Blogger
• Blogger API Enabled Blogs
• Blogger Beta*
• LiveJournal
• Manila
• Meta Weblog API Enabled Blogs
• Movable Type**
• Typepad
• Vox
• WordPress

To post photos to your blog you will need to configure your external blog. Flickr has a guided program you can watch that will help you through the set-up process. At the end of the set-up process, you can try a test post to make sure everything is working properly n your blog. After you have tested your blog, you can use any public photo available on Flickr to be posted on your blog. When you are looking at the photos on Flickr, you will see a “blog this” button above the photo.

Click on the “blog this” button for the specified photo and you can immediately post it to your blog. Flickr also offers a moblog service in which you can upload a photo to Flickr via email and set up a blog account with Flickr, then you can post the photo to your blog automatically.

Finding the right images for your blog are easier than you might think. There are several different places you can use to search for images for your blog.

Google Images is one of the most popular sites for downloading pictures. However, it is hard to protect yourself against copyright infringement if you are using Google Images. A common mistake many people make is taking a photograph from a Google Images site and thinking it is not copyrighted because it doesn’t have the copyright notice on the bottom of the page. It is also difficult to know the source of the image.

Another place to look for images is stock photos. Stock photos will not put you at a legal risk, but they often have 2 key drawbacks. The first drawback is that they cost money and they are often formulaic. Too often the image is too well matched to words.

This is why many people are turning to Flickr for their blogging picture needs. Flickr hosts millions of photos that are taken by amateur and professional photographers. A benefit you have with Flickr is that the images won’t be bland or formulaic. The photographers take pictures of what interests them, not what they are told to photograph.

Flickr offers images that are vibrant, innovative, and dynamic. Flickr images will fall under a traditional copyright or a Creative Commons license. You will be forbidden to use any image on Flickr that is marked as copyrighted or ‘all rights reserved’. If you obtain permission from the author, you will be able to use these images.

A non-copyrighted image on Flickr uses the Creative Commons license. Each image under Creative Commons is where most people start when they are looking for pictures to post on their blog. Some of the best photos can be found under the Creative Commons license. There are 6 different Creative Common licenses:

• Attribution License — You can modify the images and use them for non-commercial spaces.
• Attribution-NoDerivs License — This license allows you to freely use a photograph in any context as long as you credit the photographer.
• Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License — You can use photos with a credit as long as they are not modified and you are not profiting from the image.
• Attribution-NonCommercial License — You can display and modify the image in any non-commercial space with a link to the photographer’s profile.
• Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License — You can put photos in non-commercial spaces with credit to the photographer and you must provide a link to the photographers profile.
• Attribution-ShareAlike License — You can modify and display the photo in any context as long as you link to the photographers profile and distribution license.

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Feldman, Barbara. "Using Flickr with Your Blog." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 2 Dec. 2008. Web. 17 Jul. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1420/using-flickr-with-your-blog/ >.