March 31, 2012

Sharing Saturday - Pinterest....the good and the bad

Pinterest.  Not long ago it wasn't even a term.  Now it's huge.  Pinterest has made a massive impact on the blogging world.  I thought it would be fun to have a little discussion about it with all of you.  What's your take on Pinterest?


I'll get the conversation started.  Here are my immediate thoughts.

the GOOD:

1) Traffic.  Obviously traffic is good for everyone with a blog or web site.  People are finding your blog when they might never have before.  That rocks.

2) Giving the smaller blogs a good launch pad.  When I first started blogging I looked at those big blogs and wondered how I'd ever be seen.  I think Pinterest gives you a shot you might never have had.  A really great project can get spread like wildfire.

3) It's just plain fun.  Who doesn't love looking over their pretty little pin board or sifting through gorgeous images of clothing, beaches, or adorable baby animals?

4) A plethora of ideas.  It's so awesome to be able to look for inspiration there.  It's like someone sifted out most of the ugly, weird stuff you'd find doing a search on google because everything on Pinterest has been pinned because someone really liked it.  It makes for a pretty amazing search engine.

the BAD:

1) Who IS Pinterest?  Let me explain.  When someone wants to share an idea they found on Pinterest, they often only link the Pinterest link and often only give credit to Pinterest.  It's as if Pinterest is some phenomenally-creative girl who has created everything in existence.  I feel like the original creator of a project often gets overlooked.

2) Bye bye time.  It's easy to waste away an hour without even realizing it.

3) Unrealistic visions.  Sometimes I wonder if it's a good thing to pin everything you lust after.  Maybe you could create a pin board of gratitude, pinning all the great stuff you already have in your life?  Just a thought.  I have pin boards too, so I'm not trying to make a judgement.  I'm just throwing out an idea.

For example, I'm not a fan of all the half naked women being pinned.  Being fit is great, but we all whine about thin models and the world's relentless push to be thin and then it seems like that's what everyone is pinning.

4) Every pin board has a pooper.  (You know what I mean....like a party pooper.)  It seems like every time there is a popular pin that someone has to shoot it down.  Can't we all just get along :) ?

So what are your thoughts?  Are you addicted to Pinterest?  Have you avoided it like the plague because you've heard it's addictive?  Do you benefit from the traffic?  Do you wonder what life was like before Pinterest?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

85 comments:

  1. I LOOOVE Pinterest!! However, I was depressed for a bit at first, see I thought I was creative.....then, Pinterest, and I learn that someone has already thought of my great idea :-( bummer...I'm not as creative as I thought. But, onward, trying to focus on actually doing great ideas, even if they are not mine they can still be lots of fun! :-)

    http://havingfunatchelleshouse.blogspot.com/

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  2. Honestly? Pinterest is my "google " for DIY now. But a time suck? Totally.

    paintitred.indiemade.com

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  3. I also love it - but I can live without all the "get fitter, get thinner, get bigger boobs" posts.... still, I've gotten some terrific ideas from it!

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  4. I spent a long time avoiding Pinterest because I was afraid I'd waste too much time. I finally gave in because it seemed silly to have to keep referring to my internet browser's bookmarks to keep track of a idea I wanted to revisit; I didn't really care about sharing my pins with others, I just wanted to organize my own thoughts. Now I like it, for the most part, because I can see what ideas other people are really passionate about. One thing I dislike, however, is that I have generated a few followers I don't actually know! I know Pinterest doesn't have personal information like Facebook or something, but it still feels like a bit of personal-space invasion. I wish there was a way to "unfriend" a follower, or approve them beforehand, or something.....

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    1. Christina, we are of the same mind. I started pinning a while back for the same reasons, then I realized all my pins were going to the main page and I thought that felt creepy, so I closed my account! I guess I'm kind of personal. And I'm so afraid of the time suck, so I don't even browse! (I guess I'm weird too?)

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    2. Totally agree! I like Pinterest but I'm not sure I like the social media component, though I realize that that is what made it great in the first place.

      For my own reference I save ideas I find (from the original source, not the Pin) to Evernote - much better than browser bookmarks and entirely private. You can tag things, organize in notebooks and it's free. Takes a bit more time than just pinning something, but it makes me feel more in control. Still, I like Pinterest for quickly finding nice ideas - like Cheri said, it's as if someone's filtered out most of the ugly things already.

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    3. I agree. But to make you feel better. I believe I just read this week on Pinterest that coming very soon there is going to be an option to create private boards.

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    4. I've been using a site called delicious for years now. They have recently changed it to be more like pinterest but you still have the option to keep your posts private.

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  5. I love Pinterest. I spend most of my time looking in the DIY category, so the types of pins I don't want to see normally aren't there. I do get irked when I keep seeing that stupid colored "lemons" picture (which is actually a bowl of oranges) and people really thinking you can inject a lemon with food coloring and end up with that. Or the glow in the dark mountain dew. And the spam posts... I was disappointed when the spammers found their way in. But overall, it's really fun and inspirational to me.

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  6. I agree with Jennifer, there should be a way to filter out people who are just selling stuff. That's my only complaint!

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  7. I love Pinterest. I love finding new ideas and recipes. Honestly, even though I am a crafty DIY girl, I try to use it mainly for recipes and stick to my own ideas, but occasionally I see an idea that I just have to try. I agree, though, that it's sad Pinterest gets the credit. I get so frustrated when there isn't a link back to the original source cause I want to credit them. And I agree with Jennifer on the bogus posts. Lame. One thing I don't like about Pinterest is that even though it's increased my traffic (which rocks), I've definitely seen a decline in comments.

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  8. I really hate how many adds you have on your site. They are terrible! I thought you were going to balance the adds with some good content! Unfollow!

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    1. Really?!? THAT'S what you notice on her amazing blog? The adds? I can HONESTLY tell you that I don't even give them a second thought. I can't see what the big deal is. It's something she's doing to make more money for her family. Thanks for bringing (and being) the wet blanket and Negative Nancy. Have a great Saturday!

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    2. Cheri, I hope you don't take that comment to heart. (She's probably just having a bad day. You and your blog are perfect! :O)

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    3. I agree with Disney!! Looooove your blog Cheri! It's one of my few daily reads! xoxoxox

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    4. Cheri, your blog is the one blog (aside from family and friend blogs) that I read DAILY! I love your blog!! :)

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    5. I don't see the ads as a problem at all. The posts are still great, and I just ignore the ads. I don't see the issue. Cheri, you are doing great!

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    6. You are awesome keep doing what you are doing!! LOVE it all!

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    7. Blogging takes a TON of time and energy and it's ridiculous for some people to want to come to your site for the free stuff and expect you to work so hard for free!! I don't think a lot of people realize how much time and energy goes into a blog and that most bloggers barely make any money at all! You are awesome and the ads are no big deal and well deserved! :)

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    8. Wow! If you are not going to say something nice, let alone about the subject, keep your mouth closed!!

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    9. I was going to say hey i lov everthing you say or do and then post just that and then i read the comment... I dont care about the ads... YOU ARE AMAZING,i dont know you and i already think you are a model to follow!!

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    10. Ms. Carolynn Bullard, maybe you should figure out how to spell "ads" before you gripe about them. "Ads" is short for advertisements...therefore, it is spelled ads. Not adds. Cheri spends her precious time showing us how to be better moms and wives and how to keep a beautiful, kind home and I do not appreciate you being so rude. Cheri, I am always so excited to see a blog post show up in my inbox because you always have something wonderful to share! Thank you, dear!

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    11. So I'll be completely honest, I went looking for this comment as soon as I read your Wake-Up Wednesday (I'm a couple days late). But I'm so glad that I found this! I don't care about the ads, I know that what you're doing is helping your family and helping so many other moms have great ideas! I usually just read without commenting, but I've been able to save onesies that are stained with freezer paper stenciling and have had a brighter outlook on certain situations because of things I've read on your blog. Cheri, PLEASE ignore the negative comment because you're doing great and you're an inspiration to many!!

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  9. I think it's a good idea. It gets messed up by folks (non-creatives) who don't understand that when I make something, *I* want credit for it. So, I have become, somewhat, of a pooper by posting comments not only on blogs but on Pins to say, "This is not the original link, this is:..."

    I ranted about it on my own blog: http://itsourjourney.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/my-pinterest-rant/

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  10. Yes! I have had a craft blog for over 2 yrs a d have been crafty my whole life. Now my not so craft friends on Facebook are doing stuff and saying "thanks pinterest". I have to bite my toungue because even though we love it we all know how long a blogger works on a project! I want to say, no not thanks pinterest... Thanks to the blogger who spent hours doing this!! Haha

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  11. I agree with the others that its too bad so many can't be better about passing the credit back where its due. And I also get frustrated and wonder why the half naked posts have to be there too. But I am SO thankful for pinterest at the moment... I just started my blog, sylvieliv@blogspot.com and pinterest has been my only source of traffic so far! Thank you pinterest!!

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  12. I reluctantly started doing Pinterest a few months ago...had been avoiding it because of the privacy issue. I had been saving favorite links on bookmarks, then at the end of each month clicking through and pasting whole content in folders. So it's been a time saver in the end. However I don't see the benefit yet in using it as a search engine....it seems you have to use the perfect wording or whatever wording someone else used to find much. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong. : )

    Don't mind that nasty comment above....your ads and content are a great balance.

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  13. I used to have a pinterest, until I really read their terms/conditions. I closed my account, but I've heard they have changed some of the terms, so I'll be re-reading...and possibly re-joining. I love Pinterest...I just didn't want someone to get ahold of something I'd pinned and think that I wasn't giving due credit (therefore suing me). Anyway, I hope the Negative Nancy above really DOES unfollow you...who needs that mess, anyway? *rant over! :) Have a GREAT weekend!

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  14. Thanks for your having my back, ladies. I sure am thankful to have to many supportive readers! You guys rock!

    Cheri

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  15. I was going to comment on Pinterest and then I saw that super negative comment and I felt the need to write an entirely different comment. You have great ideas on a great looking website. Your sidebar is standard and you hardly have any ads. I am a blogger too and I know how hard you work at each post. Projects, photos, editing, writing, promoting. Lots of time, often lots of money, so it is perfectly acceptable (and smart) to make a little off of advertisements. That is what allows you to keeping rocking and what you do. I hope you have a lovely Saturday morning. On the bright side, things should be a lot more positive around here now ;).

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  16. I love pinterest! I was reluctant like many of your commenters (spelling?) . But I am board now and love it. I only look at the pins from the people I follow so apparently I don't see the nakedness that is out there. I really use it as a way to keep the things I pin organized and refer to my boards regularly . By the way, negative nancy needs to learn how to spell ad's. I love your blog, Have a great weekend!

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  17. I totally agree, I always try to link to the original site when I pass along Pinterest photos. You know what I think is a little sad though? I think since there are so many ideas available in one place, people are becoming a little less interactive. Instead of finding ideas on my blog and leaving feedback, they just grab the idea from Pinterest and move on. Which is ok, the idea is for them, but I miss hearing from people as much as I used to. :O)

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  18. So I love Pintrest, I am a browser, I pin every now and again but I mainly browse, and not very often. I don't get "sucked" into things, except maybe a good blog... Pintrest does bring a lot of traffic my way, which is awesome, but I find that people leave less comments on the blog instead they pin the picture and leave the comment on the pin. The fun of the blog (before pintrest) was having comments and then "conversations" with people, I felt like I was getting to know people and now they just pin and go. So I guess if traffic is the only thing I want from blogging then pintrest is great. Also, your blog is great and your ads are nothing so keep doing what you do. :)

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    1. I totally agree with this Shauna. Sometimes I post something on the blog and only get a few comment. I automatically think 'oh... that wasn't so popular' but then I find it on Pinterest tonnes of times! It's nice to have conversations with your readers and Pinterest has really changed the dynamic of this relationship.

      (I do looovvveeee it for inspiration, though...!)

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  19. I like your analysis! Very funny! I love pinterest, and use it mainly to pin things I find online, versus repinning other boards, etc. I will try to find the original link too, if I repin, so I can read it over and see if it is something I really like or can do. Also I NEVER pin pics of rocking bods as inspiration! lol! I would love to be fit as could be but those pics do nothing for me. I can work out all I want and that is not how I would look. You have to be way more committed to a fit lifestyle than I have any interest in ever being! lol!

    Pinterest has been great for my classroom craft ideas though!! No more sifting all over the internet, weeding through googles search results, now presto it's all there!!

    Last thought, have you ever read the comments people leave under some of the pins? There are some real weirdos out there!!haha

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  20. I love the idea of making a "gratitude" board! I do have to be careful when reading lots of blogs and "pins" because it is so easy to get that "grass is greener" mentality. Cute babies....well-organized laundry rooms....expensive birthday parties....etc. Bah! I think a gratitude board is a great way to keep that all in check! Thanks for writing such awesome content and always being a positive place to come to on the internet. I first found you during one of your "hair weeks," and I'm so glad I did! :)

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  21. Commenter Mrsm took the words right outta my mouth. But I agree with u too, I don't care for the super thin, naked exercise pins, c'mon isn't the average woman a size10/12..

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  22. You summarized the pros and cons pretty well, I think. It's a shame when something is so fun and pleasurable that it becomes a troublesome addiction and you have to stop. I guess many things in life go that way... =) It gives "eye candy" a whole new meaning.

    I just wanted to say that when I discovered that clicking on a photo takes you to another repost and another and another, I usually try to get down to the original and pin that, so that anyone interested in the idea/recipe/item will go straight to the source when they click. It also bothered me that beautiful photographs were posted without attribution and often without identifying the place, so I use Google Image Search to find the original if possible, and post it with all the information.

    If more Pinterest users would take a little time to get to the source, it would become more useful and valuable. In any case, I guess it's here to stay. =) The privacy issue doesn't really concern me, and in fact I'm flattered when a stranger follows my boards. It's also fun when I post something that gets repinned hundreds of times! A bit of an ego boost for my good taste. =P

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  23. Yeah, I really love pinterest for reasons you said, but the disadvantages I've found are:

    1) more traffic to small blogs like mine BUT pretty much no conversation. people from pinterest don't really seem to follow or leave comments like traffic gained through the usual ways do, my blog just becomes more eye candy, not something to really read or engage with.

    2) encourages copy-catting instead of creativity. this is obviously NOT the case for everyone, but it seems like a lot of people find something they want to make on pinterest and copy it. where is the creativity and originality in that? sometimes if i have an idea, i intentionally turn off the computer and think it out on my own because i'm sure there is someone out there who could tell me the easiest, best way to do it, but that really ruins half the fun and half the sense of accomplishment in the end!

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  24. Oh my goodness you hit the "Pin" on the head... I have to keep unfollowing my friends fitness boards... I'm all for healthy eating and working out but I do NOT want to see almost naked ladies with workout tips... No thanks...

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  25. I just have to say that I didn't even notice the ads until I read that comment. I have been reading your blog since you started it and it is the only one that I still check every single day. You have amazing ideas and a wonderful outlook on life and I am grateful that you are willing to share it with us.

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  26. Pinterest is interesting --- but that doesn't stop me from reading The Crafty Crow or Dollar Store Craft or my all time fav -- One Pretty Thing.

    I think it's funny when someone goes Pin-crazy and follows everyone they know, but in reality they never get around to any of the dec idea they've pinned, or served up any of the hundreds of meals they've queued up. Why set your self up for that kind of humiliation???

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  27. I love Pinterest. I have spent a lot of hours on there. Hubby likes and dislikes it because I want him to make many things I found on there. I am bummed when the link is dead too, but I don't always take the time to give credit to the original poster. And I have had to unfollow some boards so I don't have to see the "healthy" posts.

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  28. I love using Pinterest for keeping all my bookmarks in one place vs. actually book marking them. I also love that you can pin a picture or idea. I'm with you Cheri I feel like people think Pinterest is an actual amazing person who is brimming full of creativity. I have my own crafty blog and I ALWAYS give credit to the source and not Pinterest. They may help me organize, but they are not the creative mind! I also think that people don't use Pinterest to its full potential. Many people just repin things (often without checking to makes sure that the link actually works) that the people they are following pinned. One of the greatest uses is that you can pin from any site you are on! I also hate that you can't pick and choose who follows you. If I see a great idea for my blog I can't pin it b/c then it kind of spoils the surprise! I tend to use it more now for organizing rather than inspiration, though it can be very inspiring too!

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  29. I've been thinking a lot on your BAD point number 1--and I totally agree!
    In the past I have been guilty of just linking to a pin, instead of back to the real original post (even though I pinned from the original source)

    Pinterest isn't what's handing out those great ideas, it's the person who came up with them in the first place. Let's give them credit!!

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  30. I too wish Pinterest had a filter system in place, great to look at ideas, and as your scrolling holy moly, you see some naked lady someone has put in because you are looking at "little girl's room decor" or something totally not close to the filth that can be there. This is why I like to just look at my following section and only search when I have a specific idea to look for. As for doing them, yes I use them and when looking at the pin, quite often look through the original pinners site. As for ads, just don't get any of those annoying ones that pop out and cover the screen! Love this site check it almost daily!

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  31. I love the eye candy on Pinterest, but I wish we were able to have some private boards - i am a little private and I don't want everything i like to be all over the place. I have no poblem sharing, but sometimes I want to pin something, but don't because I use it for my business. And about that other comment above - how rude! What is wrong with some people? Disney is right - let's just hope she woke up on the wrong side of the bed. You and your blog are beautiful :)

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  32. I use pinterest slightly different than everyone else. I don't ever go to the main page and just look. I "bookmark" things I see from blogs that I want to try and make or remember. For me it is just a way to be organized. When I want to make a recipe or a craft I go to my boards and browse my stuff. I know kind of a boring way to use it but keeps me from sucking up all my time looking at other people pins. Works for me!

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    1. I mostly do this too--I don't care as much what other people are pinning, but I do want to find that great recipe I pinned from a blog in my reader last week :)

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    2. That is mostly how I use it as well. One nice thing I like is I watch who is repinning my pins and then I find nice things and ideas through them (because we have the same taste). I don't usually browse much on ther, I use it instead of tons of bookmarks in my favorites folders.

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  33. I recently started Pinning. I have migrated all my bookmarks there. I find it helpful to see the pics vs 'simple straight skirt' or some other random bookmark name. I've actuallly made some things because I see the Pin and I'm reminded of the project.

    I vaguely recall a recent article saying Pinterest was going to stop/block "thinspiration" pins. Yeah for fewer skeletal bodies.

    The commenters have inspired em to leave more comments on the blogs I visit from Pins. Thanks ladies!

    And because the above comment (mine not previous poster) is ful of "I's" I should share some "you's". You rock. You have awesome ideas that you graciously share. Your blog is a nice mix of projects and pondering (and ads -hehe!). Thanks fit taking the time to share with us.

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  34. I love and am totally addicted to Pinterest!! I have found so many good and great and fabulous ideas for stuff I like to do like DIY home decor and sewing!!

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  35. I have a board that is a little like a gratitude board. I titled it Romance and I pin anything that reminds me of my husband. Then when I'm having a tough day I go look at it and it always makes me smile.

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  36. I like pinterest too. I have limited my pins to more of a "to do" list for myself. That way I'm not just pinning a bunch of stuff that will always be out of my reach. It also keeps me from spending too much time on there because I only pin things I think I have time to make.

    I only follow a few boards from most people. I try to cut out as much as I can of desserts I shouldn't eat, houses I'll never own, bodies I'll never have, and places I'll never go. It helps limit the bad feelings and time wasting.

    As a courtesy to others I try to follow a link before I pin so I can make sure it goes somewhere and has decent content. I wish everyone would do that.

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  37. I don't let pinterest suck me in unless I am looking for something specific. Otherwise, I just like looking what my friends are up to, interested in, or what ideas we have in common so we can craft together or shop together or something. It has been great for when I need to get someone a gift- I can see right into their minds!

    Like Disney, though, I feel like people rush away from my blog so fast now. I'll have a project I'm really proud of, and two people commment! But then I'll see it on Pinterest, and while reading their descriptions makes me smile, I do wish people would leave comments to me instead of the abyss of Pinterest. Boy that sounds selfish and prideful :)

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    1. I agree with you Melanie!! I wish people would leave me comments on my blog about my projects instead of making comments to Pinterest who didn't do the project :)

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  38. I have read a lot of post about Pinterest that people have written before I even got on the bandwagon. I it is a great place for people to grow their blogs and also a time waster if you are not careful. I always check a pin to see if it is from its original source before I repin. If it isn't then I find the original source and pin from there. If I can't find it then I don't repin it. I have read so many things about bad pins that I don't want to be that person.

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  39. First. Your blog is amazing! I read it daily. My husband knows that it is part of my daily routine. And what a blessing it is to have worked so hard to get your blog to a place where you can make a little side cash. Kuddos to you, your a rockstar!Pinterest is great when you need a little inspiration on a theme or project you need a little boost for. Pinterest is not so great when you see a project pinned 341321 times and no one to give credit to. Love the idea of gratitude pin board, or inspirational pin board!

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  40. I pretty much try to use pinterest just for myself and the ideas I find on my own (through blogs i follow or random google searches or stores I like to shop at). I rarely look at what my friends' have pinned and ever rarer use the search function.

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  41. I also pin for myself - instead of using my bookmark feature, I pin. I rarely search pinterest and repin. It's just so much better to be able to see what I have bookmarked with a picture, rather than words that get lost in the jumble.

    I think a lot of people who use pinterest don't fully understand it. Those people that pin a .jpg or the people who give source credit to pinterest... they don't fully understand what it is and how to use it. (Also the same people freaking out of the terms of use and deleting their accounts? I think so.)

    Because if I pin something from the original source, it's then linked back to the source on my board, I've done nothing wrong... click my pin and you'll be taken to the blog it originally came from, but once I had someone leave a comment on one of my pins saying I needed to provide the link and then left the link to the blog in her comment... but my pin is already linked...?

    If I find something on Pinterest then use it as inspiration or a tutorial, I might say, "Hey I found this awesome idea on Pinterest!" But then I'd also link straight to the original source.

    I get really frustrated when I see bloggers citing the source of their images to pinterest and even more frustrated when I do want to repin something and it doesn't go anywhere. hmph. I think there needs to be one big "How to use pinterest" course for every user. ha.

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  42. I really love Pinterest. It has totally become my go to "search engine" for DIY, Recipes, party ideas, ect. It is a total time suck though.

    I also am weary of the terms of use. I haven't read the revisions, but I have been cautious of what I repost lately. I hope they fixed the issues I was having!

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  43. I currently do not pin. I have been on Pinterest and it's a love hate relationship for me. I like the traffic that I get from it but what I do not like is how people are taking my photos or my posts and rewriting them without proper credit on their pin boards. I try really hard to give credit back to those whom I found an idea from and modified it to my needs or taste. I am with you when you ask Who is Pinterest??

    ahhh it is a deep thought I have also had for sometime now about unrealistic visions. Thanks for sharing it with us. I sometimes come away feeling like I will never measure up to all the other amazing "stuff" out there. I love your idea about a gratitude pin!!

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  44. Pinterest has some wonderful benefits! I've really enjoyed all the eye candy that's on there -- crafting eyecandy, home eyecandy, recipe eyecandy... That said, it's a little like lusting after things I don't have. :/

    I totally agree with your #1 on the "bad" list. It's frustrating to see the real originator of an idea get lost. I've frequently seen ideas I like, and before pinning them, go to see the original source, and see if it's a project I could actually make... and it's mis-linked. Or incorrectly credited. It's almost like Pinterest is a girl that's stealing ideas off of blogs, and saying it's hers. *tiny roar*

    While that all sounds like Debbie Downer, I DO think I've branched out more in the recipe department since starting on Pinterest. I'm more willing to try a recipe when I see the positive reviews from people who've tried it. Our dinner table has seen alot more variety since Pinterest joined us. :)

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  45. I love it and actually do a lot of things from it, so not just pin it and leave it. I have a section in different categories for my boys (science, music, arts/crafts...) recipes for when I need to cook something and am menu planning, church ideas.... I even used it for my calling as primary music leader and it helped a TON because I would normally spend hours looking around and trying to come up with an idea but then on pinterest I would have it and it was usually ready to go. Also I try to limit who I follow and what I pin to things that I'll actually do and use so that helps keep me from wasting time. I know I get business from it from my blog and shop but I use it more for me and not for others so if others want to follow that's fine but it is something I do to help keep my thoughts and ideas in order. I love it.

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  46. Oh but on the downside when I do look at it sometimes I feel like everyone in the world is doing everything.....like were Martha Stewarts. Like for St. Patricks day I didn't want to do ANYTHING because of all the holidays which I try to make really fun, but it gets to be a little much. I remember feeling completely inadequate and that I needed to do something AMAZING like 'everyone else' even though I didn't want to do anything. I feel the same with Easter, like I just don't measure up to what 'everyone' else is doing. But I try to keep things in perspective and do my own thing.

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  47. Hi Cheri. i just wanted to say hello, cause i understand u appreciate (nice) comments and i never commented here before (not the commenting type really) allthough your blog is my regular "good mood pill"....
    so...first believe it or not never heard about this Pinterest thing...:)and going to check it out
    and second, i was thinking now that you are an aunt again and some of your projects are for a GIRL why dont you sew some lovely stuffed animals?
    i never saw a stuffed toy project here before (may be i wasnt looking good enough), i think it can be really fun and its very very easy especially for a sewing girl like you.
    i made a bunny for my boyfriend's new niece and it's SO cute i'm afraid i'm...gonna keep it to myself :)
    the tutorial i made it from wasnt in english otherwise i'd have posted it here for you but i'm sure there's hundreds of these all over the internet
    emmm....that's all i've got to say for now and please dont mind my mistakes in english if any.
    best regards from israel
    aida

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  48. I have avoided Pinterest for two of the reasons you listed. The HUGE time waste and the unattainable visions. I have gone to Pinterest a few times and just felt that it wasn't worth my effort. I much prefer the blogs I have followed for quite some time. It seems more personal to know exactly who is behind that great idea!

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  49. One of my favorite parts of Pinterest is that it brings me to great blogs that I didn't know existed before. I only recently started sewing and through Pinterest, I have seen projects I liked, went to the blogs and became a follower--as well as pinning the idea for a later time. I try to focus on the good ideas that I can find on the site and ignore all of the other stuff that doesn't interest me.

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  50. Pinterest fills me with inspiration all the time and I've created many projects that I've discovered in it's beautiful depths. But I do have the same worries as most people, especially surrounding the whole copyright issue and a lot of the legalities that have been brought up time and time again by people a lot smarter than me. I always try to find the original source when I'm pinning and pin from that.

    Definately a time waster, but also great if you have a few extra minutes to fill in waiting for a train or something.

    And I'm with you totally on the whole 'teeny-tiny-bodies' side of it - I don't really get those pins, but I try and avoid them by searching only in my fav genres.

    Thanks Cheri for such a refelctive post though, reminds me I might need a dose of inspiration right now.... *off to Pinterest*

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  51. I love the fact that all of my projects that I had tagged or stared in my reader are now visual!
    And
    I absolutely HATE when someone doesn't "pin" right... ie they pin the home page instead of the project they pinned. Drives me NUTS, they should be banished from Pinterest!

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  52. It took me a while to get sucked into Pinterest, but I finally gave in. It is much easier for me to go back to an idea I found on a blog, rather than trying to remember which blog I saw it on.

    I know what you mean about Pinterest getting "credit" for pins. I always click through the pictures of someone's pin to get to the source photo, but then I feel like I am cheating someone else out of finding the good idea, know what I mean?

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  53. I ADORE Pinterest,and I highly recommend it to everyone. I made a silly baby food jar full of eye makeup remover and it got repinned A LOT. As far as the problem of the original creator getting credit? One way to get around that is by watermarking your pictures with your url. Then, no matter how many times it gets repinned, everyone still knows that it's yours.

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    1. I totally agree with the watermarking! It takes time but I put my blog name on every picture now. Oh and I had some small and totally random shower organization tip become my top pinned thing...funny what people really like that you wouldn't expect to be pinned so much!

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  54. I love it and have generated some new traffic to my blog. At first I was flattered that someone I don't even know is following my pins. Now, I have kind of a lot of those people and feel a little pressure to keep pinning good stuff.

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  55. I am not a blogger but trying to see it from a blogger's point of view I can see the negatives. I'm not a big commenter and I am bad about not commenting on my favorite blogs like I should. I do appreciate the hard work that you (and other crafty) bloggers put into their blogs and I should show that appreciation more often. I do try to make sure that, if I make something that I found on a blog (through Pinterest or not), I try to at least comment on that blog post thanking them for sharing and letting them know that I tried the project as well.
    From a crafter's point of view, I love it! I bookmarked before but was bad about going back and seeing what I had bookmarked. Not to mention, I like how Pinterest is a photo collection. I can see what I'm looking for much quicker. I haven't seen too many negative comments on there. Though I did a few weeks ago and commented back in defense of the original creator of the project. As far as strangers following me, I find it flattering. I guess I don't see it as them knowing my personal business as much as liking the same things I do. I also follow a few people I don't know because I had repinned so many of their pins. Hope I'm not creeping them out!

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  56. love this post.

    I love pinterest! I love how i can organize my ideas and tuck things away until needed. I do try to pin from the original source to be thougtful. And I love how i can find new blogs or ideas. I LOVE the idea of a grateful board. I love finding things that inspire me. As for time, that is something each of us need to strive for. Making sure these amazing things are sucking time away from what matters most. I personally love looking at pinterest while i have a few minutes before school gets out on my phone. And i love seeing what far away friends are up to.

    thanks!

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  57. Cheri,
    I love Pinterest... I just don't like the fact that readers and bloggers don't communicate as much anymore. I seems to me that since Pinterest came the practice of commenting on the original posts has almost disappeared. Sad.

    Besides that I think it is awesome. You get to share, learn, dream and be inspired all in one place. Love it!

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  58. I was really enamoured with Pinterest at first but I am less entranced with it as time goes on. Now it serves me largely as a filing system and it does that very well indeed. I enjoy the opportunities Pinterest provides for me to discover new things but I now limit my pinning time and confine it to times when I'm not working on my own blogs and projects. I do agree that it's sad that people comment less so I've been making an effort to do this with bloggers I follow.

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  59. Okay, I too love Pinterest. I've only started it in December. Seriously. I instantly became addicted. I love crafts, ideas, color, and all the wonderful inspirations out there. But here's my story. When Lent came about I knew I needed to give up something. Something I really liked doing (or addicting). Sure, chocolate was an option, FB an option, but then I thought of Pinterest. NO!! But I knew it would make me appreciate my time better and wisely. Yes, it's been 50 days but hey--I was able to use that time in a different way by doing things I should do or need to do. Like cleaning or spending more time with my family or friends and God. This friday will be the last day and I'm really excited for 2 reasons. One, I get to go back to Pinterest. And two, with a different set of mind. And...to time myself (literally- with a timer and all) so that I can make time for other important factors in my life and not waste it by being on the computer pinning away and all these awesome, wonderful, and yes--inspirational ideas that are out there. Just wanted to share for anyone who had an ear to hear :)

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  60. i like pinterest for the pretty pictures. i'm totally a visual person (i browse magazines just for the pictures). it's totally helping me in the wardrobe department, to get ideas for color combos, accessories and hair styles. and i'm totally a crafty person, so i love to use the idea's to springboard my own spin on it, though if i blog about it i always try to link to the original site, not the pin, and mention that this other creative person inspired me. isn't that what crafting is about? making things you like and sharing the joy with others, even if you don't nessesarily get the credit?

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  61. I'm addicted to Pinterest for reals! But I don't like the half naked people or party poopers either. If I don't like something I don't leave a comment, why hurt someones feelings? With the nudity, I just report the pin. Hopefully they will be taken off of Pinterest.

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  62. I love pintrest! It's how I found you :) but I'm very sad to hear about this skinny model big boob business. Honestly when I go onto pintrest everyday I just go straight to categories and DIY or some other categories I enjoy. So I have never even seen any of that thankfully. But, for those who don't like seeing that all (I wouldn't either) try my way of looking at pintrest. You can also just search and it comes up with a good variety.
    Thanks!
    kehri

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  63. I think Pinterest just doesnt get all the things it is doing wrong. I personally have started using Clipix and its much better. It gives credit where due and the best part is that you can import all your boards from your Pinterest account into Clipix with a simple click.

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  64. I feel like Pinterest does what blog like yours and Dana at MADE do, but on a larger scale. Blogs that offer step by step free tutorials really make someone like me, who became a mother and didn't know how to sew, was not crafty whatsoever, but had a huge desire to start creating for my kids, able to see that it was so attainable. People see these things on Pinterest and think,"I think I can do that!" I too have a huge issue with the body pins. I understand the motivational pins, but some of them are just ridiculous to me. "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." Psh...Correction: those lemon bars i chowed would beg to differ!

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  65. Hi Cheri! I am a new follower!....love your blog with ads or no ads....lol Also- the topic about pinterest- yes! love/hate relationship. I am glad they are making some changes. I agree with your bad/good list :):)

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