PSSSST...I'm no longer blogging here!
You can now find me at
Let me say right up front, before I lose half my readers, that undeniably, no-doubt-about-it,
daughter's wedding would have been the standard affair with very little extra shizpah (always wanted to use that word in a post).
I'm concerned about a couple things though. You knew that.
While I'm happy so many find inspiration in my pictures, I'm not pleased with the 'pin it and run' mindset. It's disheartening to have a post go viral (my old windows-turned-pictureframes have been pinned well over 30,000 times now), but then receive only a handful of comments.
I also hate to see my decor picked at by folks who must not realize that the original people who took the pictures might read it. I've had a few rather insensitive comments put under pictures from my posts on Pinterest, and I have to think they'd NEVER write something like that on the actual blog post. At least I hope not. Things like "beautiful wedding but they should've sprung for a real bridal bouquet" or "not a fan of this decor, but LOVE the fireplace". Well thanks. Call me sensitive. I am.
I also see folks asking questions about something in the comment section under a pin, like how I attached the pictures to the old window panes. I'm no genius, but they obviously didn't bother to visit the actual post because I did a 'show and tell' on how I did it. I leave responses like 'this is mine, check the post to get info', but I never know if they did or not. Certainly never got a 'thanks'. And I see lots of people give credit to the pinner for a great project when they were just the 'middle man'.
Undeniably, I get new followers, both here and on Pinterest, and I've received a few emails asking questions.....but I haven't seen an uptick in comments. Pinterest may end up making blogs more like tumblr or flickr and that makes me really sad. Blogging is way more fun in community. I'm over being flattered that people like my projects. I'm WAY over being criticized by people who prolly never even visited ::cottage instincts::, or else never take time to comment. I'm feeling a bit like 'why bother'....if I take a ton of time working on a project, documenting it, editing and posting the pics, and spending time coming up with some witty text, but then only a few folks actually READ the text, and hundreds instead just hop over to pin something and run......it somehow doesn't seem worth it.
There have been several others who are very concerned about the copyright issue. The fact that folks can take other's intellectual property with no mention of the original source and go on their merry way is disconcerting. Folks who rely on blogging for income are worried, rightly so IMO, that Pinterest is driving readers away from the blogs where they might see sponsors and advertisers. I think it's a legitimate concern. I don't think people do these things out of an evil motive, plotting and planning the downfall of some blogger they hate. I just think folks don't really think about what they're doing. At some point, though, as they become aware of bad etiqette on Pinterest, they need to become responsible for bad behavior.
Let's play with an analogy, shall we? Let's pretend reading blogs is akin to sitting down to a nice meal at a restaurant where a dapper young person takes your order, chats a bit, and makes sure every little thing is just perfect. The experience takes time, needs savored, and give-and-take plays a big role. In this scenario, Pinterest would be akin to a fast-food drive up window. No need to wait, no need for small talk, just instant gratification.
There's a place for both, but I kinda feel like blogs are the 'mom and pop' biz being taken over by Walmart. The time it takes to produce a decent blog and build rapport with readers is significant. Pinterest has the potential to minimize all of that.
So, in light of all that, and without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, I'm attempting to be a responsible pinner from now on. Here's my plan:
~If I pin something from a blog, I take a moment to read the entire post, then let the author know I pinned it in the comment section.
~If I see a pin I want to re-pin, I go to the original source of the pin if possible. Now, sometimes I'm in the mood for fast food, so I re-pin but change the text below to 'go read this' to remind me that I haven't been to the original source. One of the beauties of Pinterest is gathering inspiration quickly, but I want to be able to honor those who did the original work eventually. I'll add the blog address of the person to the text box after visiting along with the usual 'want to try this' or whatev.
~If I use an idea or tutorial from a pin, I credit the original source in my post.
~If I don't have something nice to say, I find something nice to say anyway. I don't say critical things in my text box. Yes, I've been guilty of this, but having been on the receiving end now, I've mended my ways.
~I'm 'cleaning up' my pins over the next few weeks to be sure they comply with the above.
And this graphic from the post I linked to from My 3boybarians should go viral too...pass it along and give her credit!
I suppose that's a start. And I want to be part of the solution for making Pinterest even better. I'm working to be a more considerate blog reader myself, commenting more and giving credit.
So what are your concerns with Pinterest? What things are you doing to make sure others get the credit they deserve? Are you a 'pin-it and run' reader? Has this post helped you see the error of your ways?
Are you clicking 'un-follow' now? ;)
EDITED: I posted a follow-up to this post here based on the feed-back I received in the comments.