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Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to embed Instagram posts on your WordPress website? There is!

How to Embed Instagram on WordPress

I found a great hack for Instagram while searching tips and tricks. I'm always open to learning new and better ways to do things. When I saw this, I knew I had to share it with you. I use Instagram for fun, and occasionally, I share something I'm working on. That's what the post at the left is all about. I was working on banners for my new book, A Stolen Heart, and thought I'd show one to my followers.

The post I'm showing here features Pietas, who was cosplayed by Nik Nitsvetov live on Instagram.

My curiosity about how to embed Instagram posts on a blog turned up a super easy way to do it.

6 Steps to Embed Instagram on WordPress

This is such an easy way to extend your reach with Instagram that I'm surprised more people don't do it. I found this hack on the website of the awesome Kim Garst. Be sure to check out her post "20 Instagram tricks that you probably don't know." It was fabulous. I followed Kim's instructions and it worked great. Here's how to do it yourself.

1. Go to the Instagram post you want to embed.

2. Look for 3 dots -- that's a mini-menu you can access. Click it.

3. In the drop down menu, click "Embed." Here, you have a choice whether to include the caption. For the example above, I did. The code will be super long, but Instagram lets you copy the code with one click, which makes it really easy.

4. Go to the WordPress blog post where you want to show this image.

5. Look for the tab at the top of the post window that says "text" and click it.

6. Paste the code.

That's it. Go back to visual, and you'll see the Instagram post on your blog. How cool is that?

I've been thinking about recording myself working on banners and then sharing the video here and on Instagram. What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing that? What other "How To" questions do you have? Let me know in the comments and if I don't know, I'll research it and see if I can help.

A Stolen Heart

When he rescues a half-human orphan, a glorified space pirate turned entrepreneur sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to topple the powerful Thieves' Guild he once led.

Multiple layers of conspiracy unfold, reaching all the way to Luc's immortal ex--the king. Behind each solved mystery looms an unseen foe, undoing the good Luc accomplishes. For the sake of this child, Luc must postpone his own freedom and master his desire for revenge or he will violate an ancient vow. Worse, he'll put the toddler at risk.

At war with his compassion for the vulnerable child, loyalty to the king, duty to the Guild, and the bright lure of freedom he's coveted for centuries, Luc seeks the right path. Will he choose liberty and unparalleled success, or restore the Thieves' Guild to its former glory while overseeing the child's training?

A hard choice for any man.

For an immortal whose inner monster can destroy on sight? Impossible.

A pirate with a monstrous past can never be trusted with an innocent child. Luc must ensure the child is protected, safe, nowhere near danger. Nowhere near him. Even if this little boy has already stolen his heart...

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Okay, fangirl. How did the cosplay go? Well, @Nitsvetov was perfect. Me? Hmm #Cosplay #SciFi

Watching a Perfect Cosplay on Instagram

Nik Nitsvetov is an award-winning cosplayer and a photographer. He portrayed the immortal king, Pietas, from my Bringer of Chaos series on September 1, 2018 in a live cosplay. I've had this character in my head since I started writing. It was fascinating to see him brought to absolute, perfect life.

Left and below: raw images of Nik as Pietas

Was it perfect?

On September 1, the Russian cosplayer, Nik Nitsvetov portrayed immortal king Pietas during a live feed on Instagram. I watched with my friend and colleague, Lisa Lowe (who was on with me via Skype). We each used Mobizen (an Android app) to record the cosplay.

Unfortunately, my WiFi cut in and out, and the image kept freezing. Lisa gave me a move-by-move account of what was transpiring. Good thing I was able to grab my gear and head out the door quickly. Lisa lives only 10 minutes away. I kept my phone on while driving so I could hear what was happening, and because I moved from WiFi to 4G, the signal started coming in quite clear. Before I'd left my subdivision, Nik started performing the ritual. I had my phone in a handsfree device but because the VERY last thing I wanted was a ticket, I was not watching and driving. Although I could glance at it (and did), when I saw him begin, I pulled off the road and watched.

Okay, fangirl. How did the cosplay go? Well, @Nitsvetov was perfect. Me? Hmm #Cosplay #SciFiThe moment Nik began moving into another part, setting up poses, I drove again. During that 10 minute drive, I pulled over no less than 3 times. Stopped way too long at a stop sign, and dared (probably) too many glances. When I arrived at Lisa's, we sat side by side and watched, commenting and exclaiming over the various poses and images.

Later, when we played back the recording, we were stunned to discover it had also recorded us. We had some good laughs listening. Most of the time, we were each speechless -- or reduced to phrases like Oh my god! Holy cow! Did you see that? ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod! (and to change it up - oh wow!). If I strung together everything we said, it would sound like a contest at a fangirl convention seeing who could sound the most amazed in less than three words.

Near the end, we discovered we could actually write something and Nik would see it or hear it from a friend who was recording. I sounded like a broken record here too: You are perfect. Perfect Pietas! That's so perfect! But at one point, I noticed a "hello" button and pressed it. A moment later, Nik smiled and said, "Hello, Kayelle." My super intelligent response? "Oh my god!" LOL

We didn't realize that he had a cold until about halfway through the cosplay. He coughed and Lisa worried aloud that he was sick. Of course, our immediate mother-hen selves lurched forward, ready to hand him a tissue or a cough drop or give him a hug. Too bad he was in St Petersburg and Lisa and I were in Atlanta. Nik kept going, kneeling on the floor for part of the ritual, bare-chested, water in his cupped hands dribbling down his arms as part of the scene. But now, we were both fascinated and worried -- what if the room was too cold? Would he get sicker? We hoped that cough was not serious but we also wanted him to keep going. Talk about mixed emotions.

The event lasted one hour, two hours short of anticipated -- but that was Instagram's doing -- not Nik's. He kept going after the live video ended and let us know only afterward that he had stopped a little short due to being sick. Pardon my overuse of this word where Nik is concerned, but he was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

I imagine if Nik reads this, he'll shake his head and then laugh at his crazy American fans.

Were the time, planning, detailing and work worth it? Absolutely. I would not change a thing -- except -- to hesitate less and trust myself more. Nik is kind and thoughtful and eager to reach out to his fans. He is professional in his work and a perfectionist who makes sure every part of an image is right. His photographer, Julia, is just like him. Watching her pose him, adjust the fall of his hair, the angle of his hands, the aspect of the light -- was as fascinating as seeing Nik himself. Whoever took the video -- thank you. It was wonderful being able to share the event.

Perhaps one day I'll have the courage to ask him for another cosplay event. I have a bazillion books to write about Pietas. This is an immortal who ages, then dies and is reborn young. I could keep Nik busy for a long, long time. I can't imagine anyone else portraying my immortal king. After all, Nik is perfect.

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If you like amazing and unforgettable cosplay, support Nik on Patreon.
Check out by_cosphoto - photographer for the event

Hear Pietas speak

Hear Pietas (in his own voice) as he shares
several truths about himself and life.
"Finding the Voice of Pietas" coming soon

Voice of Pietas

Zack Black
Twitter - @zackblackvo
Instagram - @voicesbyzack

Nik Nitsvetov (above, as Pietas) is a photographer and award-winning cosplayer. A gamer and anime fan, he often cosplays characters from popular series. He lives in Russia and is a strong supporter of Russian Cosplay. His personal photography ranges from cosplay to portraits and often includes animals and nature. You will find him online through various social media.
https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov/
https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov.photo/
https://www.patreon.com/onframe/posts
https://twitter.com/nitsvetov
https://www.facebook.com/nik.nicvetov
https://www.facebook.com/OnframeCosplay/
https://worldcosplay.net/en/member/Onframe
https://vk.com/onframe

How to Watch Nik @Nitsvetov perform as the Bringer of Chaos #Cosplayer #SciFi #MFRWhooks

Reserve your space to watch Nik Nitsvetov,
the chaos cosplayer, as he performs
as immortal king Pietas.
Dates and links coming soon.

Meet the Bringer of Chaos Cosplayer: Nik Nitsvetov

When I first saw Nik Nitsvetov, he was portraying Sephiroth from Final Fantasy. But the expression on his face close up was pure Pietas. It was months before I discovered he had an Instagram account. I signed up so I could follow him. When he opened a Twitter account, I followed him there.

My mother was an artist who was admired by those who saw her work. She always longed to have more of her art seen and appreciated, so I understand how important it is to support artists. When I find artists I admire, I find ways to encourage them to create and do everything possible to enable their abilities. Most of the time, a simple note of appreciation does wonders.

When Nik began his Patreon account, I was the second person to support him. I'd have been first if I'd known about it sooner, but it took months for me to get up the courage to ask if he'd cosplay Pietas for me. When he wanted to know more, I was both shocked and excited. I couldn't wait to figure out how all this would work. He performed as the Bringer of Chaos cosplayer in September 2018.

Chaos Cosplayer Reservation



Not only did I get amazing photographs of him (they are all over this site), I also got to see part of it live on Instagram. You can read about my fangirl meltdown over that here and see info about the first cosplay here and of course a bit about him here too.

If you're not sure whether I'm a fan of Nik's, you seriously have not been paying attention. I even created a tribute page for him on this site.

Chaos Cosplayer #2

This year, Nik is creating another cosplay as Pietas, but this one will be the immortal king as soldier. Nik is hand-making the uniform and has been sharing snippets of it on Instagram. Follow Nik to see all the details.

Want an update and advance news when the cosplay will occur? You can make your Chaos Cosplayer Reservation now. Add your email and you'll get advance notice about the cosplay. I anticipate it sometime in August 2019. I'm not sure if there will be others in the future, so please do sign up so you'll know what to expect. (You can opt to receive other emails later. This will be used just for the Chaos Cosplayer Reservation.)


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Chaos is Coming - Sci Fi Cosplay

Nik Nitsvetov models the Pietas armor he hand made for the Chaos is Coming Cosplay. His sense of humor is on full display.

Last year Nik performed as Pietas from the Bringer of Chaos series for the Ritual of Strength. You can see the video of him performing below. This November, he will be cosplaying Pietas as a younger version of the immortal king. Before he led his people, Pietas was a plebe in the Discord. After all, even the mightiest river has a beginning.

The live stream will be on Instagram the weekend of Nov 23/24.

The costume and weapons are finished and now we're awaiting a final time and date for the studio where the cosplay will be performed.

Nik lives in Russia, 7 hours ahead of us, so when it's 4pm here, it's 11pm there. Best way to know the time? Try Time.is I've linked this to show Moscow time, which is where Nik will cosplay Pietas.

Enter your email below to get an email when the date and time are confirmed.

Chaos is Coming Cosplay Reservation



 

Ritual of Strength

Pietas ap Lorectic
Immortal King featured in
Bringer of Chaos
Model: Nik Nitsvetov
Voice: Zack Black

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Nik Nitsvetov is a photographer and award-winning cosplayer who often serves as judge at conventions. A gamer and anime fan, he often cosplays characters from popular series. He lives in Russia and is a strong supporter of Russian Cosplay. His personal photography ranges from cosplay to portraits and often includes animals and nature. You will find him online through various social media.
Patreon https://www.patreon.com/nitsvetov/posts
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov.photo/
Twitter https://twitter.com/nitsvetov
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nik.nicvetov
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OnframeCosplay/
World Cosplay https://worldcosplay.net/en/member/Onframe

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Origin of Pietas

Forged in Fire

Lights Out


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Watch the Live Stream

Live Stream

Watch the live stream of the new Pietas cosplay on Instagram November 23, 2019 at 8:00 am Eastern (4:00 pm Russia).

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Creating Armor

Last year, Nik Nitsvetov performed as Pietas from the Bringer of Chaos series for the Ritual of Strength. Last year was a live stream also. But before Pietas was king, he was a rookie a plebe in the Discord. Even the mightiest river has a beginning. Playing the immortal king as a rookie teenager in training ought to be fun to watch.

I've enjoyed seeing Nik create the armor Nano-Core designed for this cosplay. The final style is somewhat different because taking a brand-new design and transforming it into wearable armor is a lot of work. Nik had free reign to alter as needed to suit the cosplay. Join us and see the difference during the live stream of his newest cosplay on Saturday, November 23rd at 8:00 am Eastern.

Follow Nik

Nik Nitsvetov is a photographer and award-winning cosplayer who often serves as judge at conventions. A gamer and anime fan, he often cosplays characters from popular series. He lives in Russia and is a strong supporter of Russian Cosplay. His personal photography ranges from cosplay to portraits and often includes animals and nature. You will find him online through various social media.
Patreon https://www.patreon.com/nitsvetov/posts
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov.photo/
Twitter https://twitter.com/nitsvetov
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nik.nicvetov
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OnframeCosplay/
World Cosplay https://worldcosplay.net/en/member/Onframe

Origin of Pietas

Forged in Fire

Lights Out

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