I am not even sure how to start this post. I guess I will start with the positive! On the bottom of my right sidebar, I now have this button:
You can pin from H is for Homeschooling! I do have some guidelines, which I will get to below. Click on the "permission to pin" button to find a list of blogs granting pinning permission.
Okay, now on to the negative. That was fast, I know. Sorry!
With that in mind:
Be careful what you post. If you own it, I suggest using a watermark with your site name placed on the photo somewhere that it cannot be removed. I followed directions provided here at Monkeys Love Donuts to start doing this for my pictures. It is very easy. I started doing this based on a problem that Discovery Days and Montessori Moments posted about here where someone was copying and pasting entire posts from her blog onto their own blog. The explanation was innocent but it is still distressing.
If you don't own something you are pinning, make sure the blogger has given permission to pin, has a pin it button in their post, or use a photo that is obviously prepared for Pinterest. Most bloggers who are sharing their work with Pinterest in mind provide photos with a caption and their blog name already on it. I am not doing this 100% of the time, but I am being more aware of it.
If something is handmade and for sale (ie- Etsy items), consider that pinning directions for how to do it might cost someone else money. Do I have Etsy items on my Pinterest boards? Yes. But after reading this post from Joy in the Jumble, I am not sure that I should. I do not want to pay someone if I can do it myself, but when people post "how to" type pins of simple Etsy items, the shopowners probably do lose business.
Pin from original sources only. This is a great post from Just Lovely Things about this issue. Make sure before you repin that there is an actual picture and link and that it is the original source. I have pinned some things that I found out later were just pictures from Google and I had to search for the original article. I completely agree with her that credit should always be given to the original creator and not a copy cat. That is why I try to be very specific about where I get ideas from if they are not my own. And I try not to just say "I got the idea here" without typing out where "here" is. Some people won't click the link but if they see the blog title, at least you have tried.
I know this wasn't my usual kind of post, but I think this is important, so I wanted to take the time to do it. Thank you for reading my blog, pinning my photos, linking up to my parties, hosting wonderful link parties, and leaving encouragement in your comments! I really appreciate the inspiration provided by the homeschooling, parenting and crafting community that I have found online.