I don't freak over my images that get pinned. I like the exposure. It's an ataboy that what I do is sometimes worthy of notice. Yes, it's irritating to see others credited for my work, yes it's frustrating to have folks ask specific questions about a project when the answer is contained within the post that was pinned. I mostly wish there was more give and take on both the blogger and pinner's part. Blogging offers a platform for that, Pinterest does not (at least not a very useable one), and I'm kinda concerned about the increase in traffic and decrease in comments.
Also, about pinning my own images: I do this for several reasons....First, for exposure, and I'm not ashamed to say it. I like having new readers who talk to me, and I like discovering those followers' blogs. The more the merrier. Second, it's a great way to organize my own projects. I'm the first to admit my labels on the sidebar are joke. Third, it can gives me an idea of what types of things drive traffic, and if I ever monetize this blog, I want to know what's going to bring folks here. The Nester wrote about this as well (hat tip to Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne who reminded me of it!)
I agree with Leah. You seriously need to chill out. It's the Internet. You put stuff there. You lose control of it as soon as you hit post. Pinterest provides the link to the original post. It's not like they're stealing money from you. Sheesh.
Yeah. Well, ok then. As long as there are
50's Wannabe hit the nail square on the head:
I guess I'm saying that people who blog will generally do the right thing by each other because we understand what each other is trying to do. People who do not blog do not understand, therefore will be more likely to pin and move on.
I suppose there are bloggers out there who really don't care, but it makes me sad. The overwhelming majority of comments were about loving blogging AND loving Pinterest. I hope we can all navigate this new technology as smoothly as possible so the beloved community element of the blogging world is preserved. I offered my pithy solution as well as Darby's, and that's all you'll hear about it from me for now. Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts, frustrations and concerns. Dialogue is good! Decorating posts to resume shortly. Pinky promise.