My close friend and fellow Writer's Alley cat, Sherrinda Ketchersid is my guest today.
She is A-MAZ-ING when it comes to crafts + computers.
A while back I did a post on Pinterest and surprise of all surprise many of you loved the post and seemed to want to learn more. I am hardly an expert, but I know someone who is. Meet Sherrinda Ketchersid.
Pinterest…you’ve heard about it, right? Well, let me tell you, I absolutely love it! It is such a fun site and can be a great tool for anyone to use. From planning a party to writing a book, Pinterest can make it easy to collect pictures and websites to help you with your project.
The thing about Pinterest is that you can create “boards” and then “pin” pictures and tutorials from websites all over the web. That way it is easy to go back and find the things you need easily. Think of it as an online filing system…a beautiful, colorful, visual filing system!
Here are a picture of some of my boards of the things I like:
Now, Kaye Dacus (link: http://www.pinterest.com/kayedacus/) is brilliant at using Pinterest for her writing. She has boards for fashion in many different decades. She pins all kinds of clothing and accessories that were worn during those decades. Here is a picture of one of her boards for 1800-1820.
Let’s go a different route. Say you needed a gift idea for a friend, or a teacher, or a housewarming party. I have a board for simple gift ideas that I can make. You can check it out here. (link: http://www.pinterest.com/sherrinda/gift-ideas/)
How about using Pinterest as a devotional or an encouragement to your soul? Create a board for scripture or motivational quotes to look at when you are down or need a “pick-me-up”.
There is no limit to what you can do with Pinterest!
I must give you a word of caution about Pinterest.
I recently read an eye-opening post regarding copyright issues and Pinterest was mentioned. You can read the post HERE (LINK: http://nelsonagency.com/blogging-authors-beware-you-can-get-sued-roni-loren-guest-blogs/) in its entirety. From what the articles says, Pinterest states that if you load a picture onto their site, you are claiming you have the legal right to that picture. If there is copyright infringement and legal action is taken, it will be YOU that gets in trouble, not Pinterest.
So…not to scare you off, but you must use caution when pinning. How do you do that? Well, have you ever scrolled over a picture and a PIN IT button appears? That picture is pinnable! Do you ever see “share” buttons over a picture or article? (like Pinterest, Facebook, etc.) That picture/article is pinnable!
What about “re-pinning”? That is trickier, in my opinion. Always make sure the Pin is linked to the original website. If I were you, I would check to see if the pictures are pinnable. You want to respect the author or artist or photographer of whatever it is you are pinning. Many authors/artists like Pinterest for the marketing factor it provides. If it drives people to their Etsy shop or website for business, then that is a good thing. You just need to be careful in your pinning.
This is all I know about Pinterest. I hope I didn’t scare you off with the information regarding copyrights, but I want to make sure that we are ethical in our actions. We honor God by honoring and respecting others.
Do you have a Pinterest account?
What do you use Pinterest for?
Have you heard about copyright issues with Pinterest?
If you have any questions about Pinterest, feel free to ask. I may not know the answer, but I can find out!
Thank you, Sherrinda for being my guest today
and answering questions!
Want to learn more from Sherrinda?
Check out her blog: Simply Sherrinda