And then, in the last few weeks, I started to come across my OWN photos, on other people's sites and blogs, credited to "Pinterest" instead of to me.
And that annoyed me.
What I did next is pretty weird. I joined Pinterest (username: JenSelkPINS). Alas, Jen Selk was already taken.
I just wanted to see how it worked. I get the basic concept. Pinterest makes it easy to save and catalogue images. It's like a virtual inspiration board. And to that end, the network works very well indeed. It sort of helps us realize our personal styles and tastes.
As of today, I've created four "pin boards" and I've "pinned" 82 images. If you look at my boards, you can see themes emerge. The homes I love are eclectic, often colourful, busy, full of art and knick knacks. I've always known I'm a more-is-more person, but Pinterest really shows (in pictures) exactly what speaks to me. Alternately, when considering a cottage look, I like lots of raw wood, white, stone and rustic accents. Who knew?
And I'm writing today to tell you to do the same.
I am generally very easy going about my creative property. I'm often happy to let people share, reblog, and use my web writing and photographs within reason... as long as I'm given credit. Please... give me credit. It's the respectful thing to do.
Pinterest may be great. I can see plenty of other issues besides the one mentioned here arising in the future (if they haven't already), but at the same time, I get it. I'm not a huge convert, but I'm on board in theory. I just think we all need to use the service consciously, and do our part to make it as ethical as possible when it comes to sharing other people's property.
Okay. Done now.