Regarding Pinterest (Again)
I have a "No Pinning Please" statement clearly posted near the top of my sidebar as well as "no pin" code embedded in the blog template itself to prevent direct pinning. Not unexpectedly, people here & there continue to pin from my blog. This post is for those who manage to workaround or choose to ignore (or honestly didn't know) my wishes: I am truly happy that you visit and even happier that you found something in all my ramblings that inspired you...really I am. I do follow some boards on Pinterest but I do not pin myself since I decided that I didn't want my own work pinned. (I have eliminated all of my boards except one so I can maintain my membership.) I try not to patronize boards predominately filled with repins or those consistently without links back to the original source (or at the minimum, a simple notation of the artist's name.) I think Pinterest is a great tool in concept but its execution often shortchanges copyright owners. I periodically stop to reconsider my "no pinning" stance and maybe someday I'll just say "Ah, What the hell! Have at it pinners!" Indeed, I often wish I could relax about all this because I see how Pinterest could be really useful and then I again find something of mine pinned without a hint of credit or *shudder* even credited to someone else.) So, for now, I really wish you wouldn't pin from Lost Coast Post.
That said, if you feel absolutely compelled to pin from this blog despite my wishes...well....it is fairly obvious that I can't stop you. I can't/won't waste time chasing down rogue pinners; I check in every so often and sometimes comment on things that were pinned after I put my policy in place, just to give a heads-up on how I feel about pins of my work. In my experience, most pinners are actually just enthusiastically and innocently repinning from a minority of people who knew my policy and pinned anyway. (That's the inherent problem with Pinterest: accurate attribution can be frustratingly elusive as an original pin ripples outward on the site as repins.) In addition, I also realize that some pins come from "curated" sites that have blatently ripped off my content without permission. People are honestly inspired and pin from those sites without ever knowing about (or visiting) my blog.
Sooooo....long rant short....if you really, really have to workaround or ignore my wishes, please at least add a link back to my blog in your pin description. It is as simple as copying and pasting the link in the search bar. The home link is as follows:
If you've repinned something after my policy went into effect...no worries...just edit that pin to include a link. I attach a watermark to every single photo so if all else fails, my name is at least attached to the pinned image. (Let's not talk about those despicable few who actually Photoshop out the copyright info from a photo...grrrrrrr.)
And for those of you who visit, look, and not pin (and perhaps "favorite" or "bookmark" instead)...all my love and thanks.