Am I the only pinless writer out there?

I heard about Pinterest a couple of months ago. Just as I got ready to create an account, I read some discussion about the Pinterest terms of service—specifically, the part that says it’s your responsibility to pin only content that you own the copyright to or have obtained permission to use. I decided not to sign-up.

So, yeah. Have you been to Pinterest? Is anyone abiding by that copyright rule? Practically everyone I know is pinning like crazy and I’m not. Does it matter? I don’t think droves of people would flock to my board and go into a repin frenzy, but is it something I’d like to have for myself? Could I create boards for my writing projects and pin inspirational photos like so many other writers do?

What do you think? Do you Pin?

33 thoughts on “Am I the only pinless writer out there?

  1. I don’t Pin, and for reason of that whole copyright malarkey. That and I really don’t need yet another shop front to keep up with or my on-the-button-dynamic-happenin klout/like/vote rating might drop!

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    1. Not needing another “shop front” is another of my concerns, Suzanne. I’m not really sure how public you have to be on Pinterest. Could I use it just to collect inspiring photos for myself? You know, like personal photo prompts? Of course, I could have those photos in files on my computer instead of on a pin board, but seeing them all at once, I think, is a different experience. I could, say, collect photos representing the rooms in my character’s house, or the view from their windows, or some such. I’m thinking it might clarify some of the hazy images in my head. Yes, it would steal time away from writing, but then I know I’m going to take these breaks anyway, so instead of getting on Facebook or Twitter, I would be playing, but still focused on the book.

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      1. Trouble is, many of those are likely to be copyright so, while you could keep them privately, you risk the wrath of the gods of unfair usage if you put them where a whole other person might stumble upon them. Might be better to have a private Facebook or Google+ that is untraceable then you can make albums of anything you like.
        Of course, all this looks ridiculous after you’ve put hours of effort into attracting an audience and only three lost souls wander in!

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        1. I’m not convinced there’s such a thing as an untraceable Facebook account, Suzanne. 😉 I guess, when I get the money to buy it, I can pin all my inspirational photos on my Scrivner bulletin board. Still, there is the “publicity” aspect of having a public board.

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          1. I’d say if you set your privacy sliders to maximum (and your phasers on stun) you would be blameless if somebody filched one of your clips and broadcast it. #notalawyrer #dontriskyourass

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  2. I do Pin. Mostly, I pin links to recipes that I’ve tried or ones that I want to try. I don’t just pin random pictures or even inspirational quotes. I did at first, until I really looked into the copyright thing. Any pictures I Pin are pictures I own, like the covers of my novels. And I make sure that there is a link to purchase the novel as well. If it will help me to sell books, I am all for it!

    Lynn

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    1. Thanks for sharing your method, Lynn. 🙂 The copyright thing is what bugs me the most. I know some people feel that by linking the photo to an official site, they aren’t infringing on copyright. However, I don’t know how repinning works. Does the link go with that?

      If I understand the copyright statement at Pinterest, if someone cites you for infringement, all they do is remove the photo. I’m thinking you could look at a book-related board as sort of a static book trailer.

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  3. Perspective: Pintrest is for people who are inspired, some of them are not creative. The way they express what they don’t know how to create is by clicking repin. They click like because feedback goes both ways. Pintrest is for everyone, writers who share on pintrest and are sharing published work and have serious copyright concerns should not pin. Because once it is pinned it will hold meaning for someone and allow them an outlet to express themselves. They are proud of the fact that they relate, or found the latest shopping trend, discovered a new fab diet people should try, and with pintrest they have shared with the world. Why do you blog, are you posting things that you want to express and exchange insight about? Are you reaching out to the world in a way that brings joy into your life the way even a best-selling novel can’t provide. This is my insight after my boyriend who has stinging nettles in his legs was no longer writhing in pain next to me has gone to work. Earlier I was just so excited that I related to the post as a kindred , newly discovered, way to share. I had time to think and really read the blog once he was gone. -aealmon

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    1. I appreciate the visual stimulation of it, Ashley. Of course, that’s the whole basis behind advertising, isn’t it? I’ve been looking around and found some boards that are like a window into someone’s soul. I’m researching. 🙂

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      1. awesome, Imy boyfriend’s little sister searches food boards and then makes muffins and cakes then sells them she will play on pintrest for hours looking for the perfect cookie. What I love, she doesn’t go buy the product… she recreates it and sells it, I told her, “you go girl”

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  4. I am on the fence; have my invitation, but have not signed up. I feel like I already have enough Social Media to handle on my plate as well as my writing and photography. Maybe some day. Have a Great Weekend:)

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    1. I’m not sure, Renee, I think it has possibilities. I’m not going to rush into it, like I did Google+. It’s very different from that or Twitter or Facebook though. But I haven’t grasped exactly what Pinterest is. 😉

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  5. I’m not using it as another ‘social media’ place, though I know people who do. I’m just using it to find images that connect me further to the things I am writing, or that look cool and inspire me. I looked around at what publishers etc were doing and I highly doubt that all of their images are things they own. I think it’s the same as using images in blog posts – people put them in and link back to where they found them. That’s what happens on pinterest too, so credit is given? I still have to go and have a read, as I didn’t know about this when I signed up!

    Anyway, all that to say that I’m small fry, and not pushing my ‘boards’ or using it to promote myself. I think that if they are going to go after people for pinning things they don’t own, surely it would be the big names first!

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      1. No, I don’t have pinterest connected to either of those sites. It really is just for me, or for friends to look at and go ‘ooo which story are you using that in?’ or ‘wow, that’s cool, I’m so using that!’ kind of thing 🙂

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        1. I thought you either had to connect all the time, so everything you pinned would show up on Facebook, but now I see you have a choice whether to share on Facebook or Twitter or neither for each pin. So that’s okay.

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  6. I signed up months ago and have never pinned one thing. I just don’t have time. I use Evernote instead. It’s private and works perfectly for the type of organization I need for my writing. I really have no interest in rifling through other people’s junk drawers – that’s what Pinterest seems to be, IMO.

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  7. Hadn’t heard of Pinterest, so I clicked on your link and had a look. I think it is Facebook with Strangers with Common Interests. Anything and anyone online is vulnerable, according to my son in computer security. But I still look!

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  8. I’m pinless and clueless. In all honesty I’ve never had success social networking. I’m far to inconsistent to stay that involved and quit leery of divulging too much personal information online. There are things about myself I don’t want to know, that said, I’m sure you don’t want to know them either. LOL

    I’ve conceded any idea of blogging or linking my way to success. I’m going to have to try and do it the old fashioned way – face to face – one lonely poem at a time. I am very happy though with my wordpress page. It’s a tiny window to the world, but it’s mine.

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    1. I spent all my free time yesterday looking at Pinterest, “K”, and now I’ve taken the plunge. I said I wasn’t going to rush, but I don’t see it as social media like FB or Twitter. The only personal things I’m revealing about myself are the images and ideas I like, for whatever reason. I have a board for Brevity images, and I’ll have one for my WIP. I have a board for Kids Crafts and Science Experiments as a collection of things to share with my youngest grandchildren. Soon I’m going to start collecting images of beautiful places I’d like to visit. And I’ll have one of miscellaneous images that speak to me in various ways.

      I’m with you though on facing that I’m never going to write a blog post, tweet, or status that will go viral and propel me into “stardom”. I doubt I’d like that anyway.

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  9. I don’t pin and have no urge to at this time. Sigh. It reminds me of the way people would put photos of anything on their Myspace pages. Facebook will probably start allowing some form of that soon to accommodate people’s need to decorate. That’s my thought on that and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

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  10. The copyright thing worries me with Pinterest. Also, I guess I’m just not that into networking that way. I don’t like knowing that FB or Google or Pinterest or whatever have so. much. personal. information. on. me. Eventually I’ll probably start an author page on FB and/or do Twitter but right now I want to concentrate on writing. And going to the beach. 🙂

    Scrivener is a good place to store images and ideas that might be useful in a WIP or future WIP. Of course, I also use the floor around my desk and that makes my entire office a bit of a fire trap…

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    1. Well, I took the plunge into Pinterest, Natasha. So far, I’ve mostly repinned photos posted by others, which link back to original site/blog, and they probably won’t mind the increase of traffic. I think I’ve only uploaded two of my own photos, but eventually I’ll do more of that. But I need to use more of my own photos on this blog and then I might increase traffic here.

      Anyway, I’m having fun and it feels like I’m organizing my brain, which can’t be a bad thing. I’m able to express more of myself there than I can on this blog, though some of that could spill over here. Do you think my readers would want to know that I no longer use shampoo?

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