In my quest to find a good way to post photos to my blog without linking from a third party service (like Flickr), I managed to spam myself… 99 times over the last two days! Ideally, I’d like to be able to email posts and photos to my blog via my phone. Here’s what I’ve tried:
- WordPress has a built in script for emailing posts to a private email address. It is supposed to display inline attachments but doesn’t. It doesn’t even seem to work for posting blogs without photos. Strike one.
- I have Sprint picture mail. I found a plugin that’s supposed to do a screen scrape of the image posted at Sprint, upload it to my WordPress uploads folder on my server space, and post it to my blog. It achieves part of what I want, except that you can’t write an accompanying blog post when you send the pic. Also, the plugin author recommends accompanying this plugin with a cron plugin so that the process is automated, say every 15 minutes. The problem with this is that if the script craps, or more likely, Sprint makes a change to its service, then the cron script posts garbage to your blog non-stop until you delete the original email. This is what happened yesterday. So, strike two.
- Flickr isn’t bad but there’s two things I don’t like: One is that the image is hosted by a third party and the other is that the accompanying blog post is also posted at Flickr. I don’t pay for Flickr so I don’t really want to rely on it. I’d rather have my images on my own server space. I don’t really want to use Flickr as a blog, so I don’t want what I write (especially if it’s lengthy) to also be posted on Flickr. If I used Flickr, I’d have to use a separate method for posting text blogs via email.
So far, I haven’t found a solution – aside from Flickr – that actually works. If you know of something I can try, please let me know!