Thursday, 24 May 2012

Instagram on your blog

Today has been quite a day - hence the maltesers next to me!

Nothing terrible, just one of those days when the clock ticks just a bit too loud and time just slips through your fingers. I've had a busy day at work - a day that's challenged the old grey matter. Part of me enjoys the push though and the feeling that I've earned my pennies! Before I knew it the place was dark and quiet and I realised that I needed to get my skates on to get to after school care before the dreaded deadline. Last Thursday I was running a little late and got nabbed on the way home by a rather gruff policeman who was handing out fines like there was no tomorrow!  

 I did manage to get a walk in the Botanical Gardens lunch time so that I can get those steps counted. I mentioned before that I'm taking part in a Global Corporate Challenge which is a sixteen week team programme designed to get you clocking up a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. Today was day one...I need to run up and down the stairs a few more times to get to my target number of steps. The cats will think I've gone mad!

Anyway, I'm waffling on and what I actually wanted to talk about was instagram.

For those that don't know, intagram is a photo sharing app. Just go into your app store on your phone and search 'instagram' - it's free. You can take a photo on your phone, edit it if you want to and then share it via a range of social media. You can also choose to keep photos private if you wish. I've really been enjoying experimenting with the editing filters on the app with different looks for the same photo. Instagram can make even on okay shot look pretty atmospheric.

my little ballet girl

This was a Christmas gift from Sibs a few years ago and sits on my work desk.
Every now and then she tops it up with kisses. x

Now I'm no technical whizz, but I've managed to link up my instagram feed to the side bar of my blog and to my Facebook page to share the photos that I want to share. If you want to do this then you need to follow a few easy steps. They may sound complicated, but trust me here...

To link instagram to your blogger side bar: 
  1. You need to get a html code to insert a gadget in your blogger layout, - click on this link to take you to the code - Badge plz
  2. Choose the icon that says generate a badge to show your Instagram profile stats and photos.
  3. Type in your instagram user name and make any changes you wish e.g. number of photos to be displayed.
  4. Click generate to make the badge
  5. Copy the html code given.
  6. Open your blogger dashboard and choose layout
  7. Click on add a gadget and this will open up another page with a list of gadgets. Scroll down until you find HTML/JavaScript
  8. Click on this and paste the copied html code in the box and save.
  9. Your instagram gadget should now be in place. You can check by clicking on  preview and if you're happy with it click save arrangement.

 I think that should cover it.
Let me know how you get on.

Happy instagraming.

8 Comments and thoughts:

  1. I'm addicted to Instagram and you may have noticed it on my blog also Beth. There will no going back for you now!
    Like I said..Addictive.

  2. Oh that's great, thanks! I was thinking of adding a gadget but you've just made it a lot easier for me.
    Happy Friday X

  3. I have been meaning to try this too. Thanks for the instructions:)

  4. Chic baby! would you like to follow each other blog? :X

  5. Hi Beth,
    Thank you so much for posting about this instagram side bar gadet. I have been able to add the gadget to my blog but can I please ask, how do I get the follow me button underneath? Thanks Kylie

    1. Hi Kylie,

      I got the button from Followgram.
      You will need to sign in with your instagram username and password and it will then take you to your feed of photos.
      Here you will see a box with your own follow button code.
      Copy this and then paste into a html/Java script gadget on your blog.
      To get to this gadget - sign into your blogger account and view your blog.
      Open design then layout, then add a gadget.
      Scroll until you find HTML/Java Script and paste the copied code into the content box
      You can add a title if you wish - I've put in 'Follow my instagram photos'.
      Save this and you should then be able to see it on your side bar.

      Hope it works, let me know if you have any problems.

  6. I love instagram! I am following you too!

    Stay warm and have a happy Wednesday.

    Best wishes,