lately i have been seeing a ton of posts concerning pinterest etiquette, proper crediting, repinning, pinning with love... any of these topics - you have probably all seen them around too. i love that people in the blogging community are taking a stand against the crazy pinning world and making sure that people are properly crediting where it is due.
but compared to the masses, the blogging community is a minority now that what seems to have been our little secret has gotten out! so i wanted to compile a few of the posts i have read about pinning with love and respect all in one place and then issue a challenge!
first up - the lovely liv lane from choosing beauty has four simple but very direct ways to help keep the integrity behind pinning:
1. be original - credit the link to the original creator!
2. follow the links - even though it might seem like a pain, do a little research to make sure that every pin you repin is linked to the original artist/owner of the image or idea
3. pin the permalink - if you’re pinning an image from a blog, make sure it links to the post it was part of – not just to the blog’s home page.
4. show and tell - if you put a pinterest image on your blog, link back to the original owner of the image & the pin.
click over to her post to read all of it! ;) liv has such a beautiful blog and outlook on life. if you are truly looking for a blog that will lift you up daily then definitely check her out! she also has a great etsy shop full of beautiful artwork.
killer b designs does it right and shares a great image to pin (from the original source, of course) and shares these quick tips:
1. be descriptive in your comment section! use words that describe the project (yarn wrapped letter tutorial instead of CUTE!) or name the recipe (jalapeno popper pull apart bread instead of dude - i'm drooling on my keyboard) so that they are able to be found when searched for.
2. use hashtags - they work the same as they do in twitter!
visit killer b's blog for the full rundown on her pinterest suggestions plus a nice graphic to sum up her points!
the pinterest promise
let's make a promise and help spread the word about it to keep pinterest fun but more importantly to retain the integrity of those pinning and the sources from which all these beautiful pins come!
make thepinterest promise
i promise to...
pin from the original source, meaning that i will verify the original source when i repin something and if a pin doesn't go to the authentic original source i will find it before i repin it.
properly caption the pin, meaning i will use descriptive words specific to the image and original source instead of generic words.
send people to the source, meaning that i will not post the entire recipe/method/tutorial/idea in the caption and if i repin something that does i will remove this information from the caption and replace it with a proper caption (see previous)
properly promote, meaning that i will not only pin my products to pinterest but i will use pinterest to also promote my favorite handmade shops, online stores, etc.
properly post pins in my blog, meaning i will use the super simple and nifty feature provided by pinterest to embed pins in my posts once i have verified the original source, of course. (click here to see this sweet feature - and my apologies if i am tardy to the pinterest-embedding-feature-party)
if you are making this promise with me, i encourage you to share the badge on your blog! it will link back to this post so that hopefully others will also make the pinterest promise with us and help bring pinterest back to what it was originally meant to be!
psst: you can also pin this image to help spread the word or tweet about this post!