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Monday, July 16, 2012

To Pinterest or Not.

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Pinterest. I don't get it. I am not saying I am never going to do it. I have already been admitted to the Eat Your Words Club on too many counts (sushi eating, cell phone having, Kindle loving, and laptop owning) and I don't want to become the president on account of Pinterest.

I made an account. I made two boards. I put up two pictures. Now I have many, many followers. Why, I could not tell you.

Those who know say this is the social networking tool.   Maybe it is. Maybe I will see the light and catch up.

But from where I sit now, it seems like a huge time suck. I don't really need to look at Christmas decorations I am not going to do, recipes I have no business eating and houses I am never going to own.

It seems like fruitless daydreaming to me. Yet, a lot of smart productive people love Pinterest.

What's your take?

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  1. I deleted all the photos on my Pinterest boards. Evidently it's okay to post some photos, but other times it isn't, and I don't know how to tell the difference without doing a lot of checking that I don't have to time to do. I understand a photographer not wanting his or her professional work posted without permission. I could take my own photos -- say, of food -- and post them, but I'm just not that interested. So, yeah, time suck, and possibly in copyright violation. Not worth it.

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    1. I ran into the same thing. I thought it would be useful for my WIP. I have files with links to pictures of some of my characters' stuff--cars, house plans, etc. In the end, I decided I was better off with what I already have.

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  2. I think its fun, but I don't go there but once a week or less. I am a visual person, and some of those photos inspire (Of places, castles etc). I like the recipes (and have used them).

    As for copyright--if someone gets upset over a photo--I'll delete it, no big deal. For me, I just keep it on pinterest, I don't post those pictures in FB, on Blogs, etc.

    I like that it allows people to see what inspiration I am using to write my stories.

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    1. I doubt I have enough self control to check in once a week. I bow to you!

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  3. I didn't get it at first. Rejected it for quite a while. I thought it was a time sucker, too. But then I caved and I really enjoy it.

    It's given me opportunity to connect with people in my local community in a way other social networking places did not. And I have fun with it with my kids, too.

    I don't really think I'll use it as much for story boarding. For me, maybe. But not so much for readers. I'd rather they build the pictures of people, places, and things from the story inside their own minds.

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    1. See, here's the thing. You are artsy. I am not. But I am taking you to that art gallery. Does that count?

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    2. Jean, darlin'. It takes an artsy soul to locate and appreciate and purchase and hang with pride.....The Monkeys. But you don't have to appreciate every art medium. But I appreciate The Monkeys. You've got an eye there! :D

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  5. I know some folks who love it.

    I can also see the point Maven Linda brings up that the pictures are someone's work and they might not want to share that with the world for free.

    I have it on my summer to do list so maybe I will have a more personal opinion this time next month.

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  6. I LOVE pinterest, as you know. There is so much potential for myself there and for others who might be looking for the same things. The key is to make friends, invite friends, and when you do, their postings will come up on your feed. If you are interested in the same things, you can repin things they find and like wise. Very good resource.

    I don't plan on using my pinterest page as a commercial endeavor so I'm not concerned about copyright. However, as with any research or finds, it's important to note where the item was found. If you're repinning, the photo will show it was repinned by you and the source.

    Since I love to storyboard, this is a great vehicle for me. Woot!

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    1. See, I hate a storyboard. It would make me a nervous wreck.

      See my reply to Lesia. Ditto.

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  7. I like pinning the men... and then looking at them for um inspiration. I usually create my own collages for my writing, but I'm experimenting with this for my current WIP and using it to pin pictures for my inspiration and characters and setting. I don't have too much time to do it, but it's a nice stress reliever to look at gorgeous mean, I mean salivate over recipes I also have no business making.

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  8. I pin settings and houses and rooms and photos that represent my characters on Pinterest, but don't go there much unless I want to check out something I've pinned. I don't use Pinterest as much since I've discovered Scriveners.

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