In most cases, with your “serious” photography, you want to do some post processing before you upload it to your photo blog. However, in some cases it would be great if you could just snap a picture with your smartphone camera and have it automatically appear on your blog. For example, if you’re writing a blog post on location or about an event you’re attending, it would save a lot of time.
In the past, you could use social media photo sites such as Instagram to post pictures right away. But until recently there wasn’t a way to automatically add your iPhone photos to your WordPress site. The LetterGlow app attempts to remedy this issue. In addition to allowing you to publish photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, it supposedly will also allow you to publish to WordPress.
Because the idea of automatically publishing pictures to my WordPress blog intrigued me, I recently decided to purchase and try out this app. Although the app is packed with a lot of features, I was initially disappointed to learn that in fact what LetterGlow does is add photos you take with your iPhone automatically to your WordPress media library. It will not automatically add your picture to a post or page on your site.
The idea did occur to me that by combining the LetterGlow app with a site like Flickr, and a plugin such as Flickr Photostream, you could actually snap photos with your iPhone and have them automatically appear in a post or page of your WordPress blog. Unfortunately, there was still a problem.
I created a post in WordPress and through the use of the Flickr Photostream plugin, I inserted my Flickr gallery. My thinking was, once I took a photo with my iPhone and uploaded it via the LetterGlow app, it would be visible on my WordPress post. However, it apparently won’t work that way because the WordPress plugins cache your Flickr data. If you create a post in WordPress and insert your Flickr photostream, you are able to view the photos that currently exist there. But new photos added after your post has been created don’t show up. According to the author of the Flickr Photostream app, the cache can be disabled, but Flickr will limit you for the frequent calls (i.e. you won’t get some images).
I’m continuing to test things out to find a work around for this issue. In the meantime, does that mean that the LetterGlow app is bad? Not at all. I still like the way the app lets you upload your iPhone photos to many different sources—including your WordPress media library. While, it won’t add the photo automatically to a WordPress post or page, I still think it’s well worth the .99 cost to download and use.