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Schedule Photos to Post Automatically with Postbot

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We’re big fans of photography here at WordPress.com, and we know that a lot of you are, too. Sometimes we’ll take a bunch of photos and want to post them, one at a time, spread over several days. Doing this manually is time-consuming and, let’s be honest, a little boring.

To help this situation we created Postbot, a photo scheduling app that allows you to quickly upload and schedule multiple photos.


Postbot will create a post for each photo and schedule it to appear at a certain time over a given number of days. This is the ideal way to share a lot of photos without having to manually create and schedule each one.

Postbot is a stand-alone application that works with your WordPress.com blog, and your Jetpack-powered WordPress.org blog. You can use it from your desktop or mobile browser.

How to use Postbot

To use Postbot, go to postbot.co

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Celebrating Earth Day 2014

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The Contemplative Mammoth

Image via Wikimedia Commons. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Conservation paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill is interested in how landscapes change through space and time. You might recognize her blog, The Contemplative Mammoth, from reading her recent piece on “just-so stories”  — the entertaining (yet factually inaccurate) tales that people tell to explain the natural world. We enjoy Jacquelyn’s thoughtful narratives and discussions on a variety of topics, from the timescales of climate change to failed plant sex. Her writing is intelligent and accessible — a great mix to keep readers engaged.


On Milkwood, a family in Mudgee, a town in New South Wales, Australia, chronicles life on a farm and shares homesteading resources for both urban and rural living. You’ll read about best practices on everything from natural beekeeping to permaculture design to vegetable gardening.

Image by Milkwood. Magic beans! Image by Milkwood.

If springtime inspires you to go outside and get your hands…

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How are LED lights different from regular lights

If you are thinking about changing your regular lighting system and installing LED lights instead then you will probably be on the lookout for any and all information you can gather about this technology & what else you’ll have to change if you switch to LED lights. But, if you don’t fully understand the differences between regular bulbs and LED bulbs then you may not be happy to pay the higher cost of LED lights. Luckily, in this article, I am going to discuss a few things which will help make this decision easier for you.

First of all, you will obviously want to know what LED lights are & how they work. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.

These little plastic lights aren’t bulbs. Instead, they are small semiconductors which have been all been separated by plastic in the shape of a dome. The dome helps protect the emitted light and also focuses it on a particular area as well.

Regular light bulbs, on the other hand, use filaments. These filaments don’t have any reactions until they are powered with electricity. It is only at this point that the filament starts glowing and becoming hot. It is during this process that light is created. This process is known as hot process. It takes lots of energy to create light this way. LED’s are very different though. This is because they rely on the opposite cold process in order to create light. The light emitted by these bulbs isn’t created by immense heat. It is created when electrons pass through semiconductors where electricity is applied. Light is just a side effect of this stimulation which primarily produces photons.


The main reason why regular bulbs need so much energy is because the filament needs to be heated consistently in order for light to be produced. But when the filament remains heated for extended periods of time, it tends to burn out and that is why these bulbs don’t last as long as LED’s. This problem obviously doesn’t occur with LED’s since there is no heat to cause any problems.

Since LED light bulbs don’t have the same electricity wattage as regular bulbs, you will have no option but to use a larger number of bulbs in order to get the same amount of brightness. But you will still not use as much energy as you would have used with regular bulbs. This really gets you thinking doesn’t it? I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to install LED lights in your home, do you?

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Recommended Reading: Bird By Bird

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I referenced Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions in Writing and Life in last week’s “Five Posts to Write Right Now,” and we’ve used her in Blogging 101 assignments as well. Personally, I turn to this book again and again — when I’m staring down a blank screen and a deadline or feeling just not good enough, flipping to any page usually restores my perspective and helps unclog my thorniest word-jam.

The story of the book’s title sums it up perfectly:

Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds…

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