This is not a food post however, for bloggers like myself and my guest this is about something that has become a growing problem in the blogging world.
Christina is the writer and creator behind the The Scrappy Housewife, her blog is filled with some fantastic crafty ideas, she makes me feel rather uncreative! She recently told me about her Pintegrity Pledge on her blog. After reading it I definitely had that "Duh moment" and it clicked. Read what she has to say and I assure you... you'll have that "Duh moment" as well!
Hello everyone! I'm Christina aka The Scrappy Housewife and I am so excited to be here guest posting for Carrie for a couple of reasons:
1. It's the first time anyone has approached me to guest post, and
2. I get to share something I'm passionate about, Pintegrity.
If you read blogs (which, clearly you do...) you've probably heard of a little thing called Pinterest. You love it right? You love being able to "pin" all those ideas, recipes, gifts, etc. etc. etc. You love that it can suck you in and make you lose all track of time. I know I do! I have hundreds of pins to prove it. But what you may not know is that there's a big (like, huge) drawback to Pinterest as well. Even as a blogger, I wasn't aware of the problem until a few blog buddies brought it to my attention. This is my chance to bring it to your attention.
A few months ago, prior to Christmas, my good blog buddy Allison over at House of Hepworths wrote a post about plagiarism and how some of the awesome pics of her projects that you see on Pinterest don't lead back to her blog. In fact, they were stolen from her blog along with the entire post, made into a collage and then posted as someone else's idea on a website outside of the United States. No credit was given, not even a link back. This happened to her twice. And those stolen pictures? Yep - they're on Pinterest, repinned literally thousands of times, and all going to the wrong source.
Then, a few days after I read her post, my friends Viv at The V Spot and Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating shared a post written by Kristi all about how bloggers aren't being properly credited for their hard work when people pin improperly. If you've been pinning for any length of time, you've probably come up against this problem at least once or twice. You find a picture you love of that perfect room, outfit, piece of jewelry or craft for your kiddo and so you click on it to get to the source...only it isn't there. You might (if you're lucky) get sent to a blog that also found it on Pinterest and thought it would be a great idea to share it with their readers and you are able click the source below the picture to get to the original blog post somewhere else. That's on a good day.
On a bad day you click on the link, find yourself sitting at a site that doesn't have whatever you were looking for (or sadly does have the picture without any link to the original source). Even worse is when you click on the link, only to be taken to another link and then another and then another and maybe you find what you're looking for. Most of the time - you don't. Frustrating for a blog reader?
Now consider this. What if you created the content?
Blogging can take hours of planning, creating, writing, editing, taking photos and tweaking to make a project work and easy to follow. Pinterest is a wonderful tool for us to reach thousands of people who don't normally read our blog. When you pin something from our site and someone repins it then we get more traffic, which is fantastic! But if someone shares our content on their blog, with no link to the actual source of the content/tutorial/recipe and then you repin it - it links to their blog with no way to get to us - the actual creator of that awesome tutorial or recipe!
In addition to that, many bloggers make money blogging and all that money is based off of page views and being visible. When someone inadvertently pins incorrectly and you end up going elsewhere, it can cut into a blogger's bottom line. And it's not just bloggers! Etsy shop owners also end up in this trap. Someone finds something cool they like on Etsy, swipes the pic for their blog without crediting the source properly and then no one gets back to the seller to make a purchase!
So what does this mean for you?
Well, if you're anything like us, you want to make sure you're giving proper credit where credit is due and you'll want to practice what we call Pintegrity, something created by the four of us to make sure we were doing the right thing. Pintegrity simply states that you'll make sure that what you're pinning links to the correct source, the original source, be it blog or Etsy shop. Here's how (using one of my pins):
Before you hit "Repin" (oh how fast and easy, too easy), take two extra seconds and click the image. By clicking the image it should take you directly to the site you're looking for; you should immediately see the tutorial/item/recipe you hoped to repin.
It's that simple.
If, when you click on the image, you cannot find what you're looking for, or have to click around until you find it, DON'T repin it. Better yet, if you click around and do finally come across what you wanted - please pin it yourself, directly from the source. The blogger or handcrafter will thank you.
I like to say this was a "Duh" moment for me. It's usually when the light turns on in my brain and I realize something I hadn't realized before. I hope I've given you a "Duh" moment too.
One last thing, something that came up recently on another blog buddy's Facebook page. You know those little descriptions at the bottom of your pins? Please, we bloggers beg of you, don't use the entire blog post as your description. We work hard on out posts and tutorials and we really want you to enjoy them, but copy/pasting them into Pinterest means that no one else needs to stop by our blog. And that makes us sad because we've just lost thousands of potential readers.
And sad bloggers usually means late night crafting with a bottle of wine, and you do not want to see what comes out of that. No really...
You can find out more about Pintegrity by signing the pledge over at my blog, The Scrappy Housewife... Just click HERE. You can even pick up a cute button for your blog to help spread the word! Does this mean all of our pins are correctly linked?
But we're working on it. We're slowly going back through all of our pins and making sure they go to the source. It's taking time, but we feel it's worth it.
All we're asking of you is, going forward, please practice Pintegrity. Please give the bloggers you love the credit that's due. And if for no other reason than to keep me from pulling my hair out when I'm searching for those awesome heels I've been begging my husband for, but can't find the correct site for...but I digress. *ahem* ;)
Thanks so much for allowing me to share this with all of you. The truth is most bloggers, even those making money, do this because we love it. We love sharing our thoughts and ideas and getting to know all of our readers. We know that without you, our little blog world wouldn't be possible.
Christina, Thank you so much for guest posting and I hope this helps spread the Pintegrity message!