Thursday, March 1, 2012
Pinterest: Just My Opinion
I have to admit that I did sign on at first. I was pinning away and people were following me and I them. But frankly, I just couldn’t keep it up. It was a lot of work. I already have an Etsy shop, a Flickr site, a Facebook page (one personal and one for my business, a twitter site, and my all important and time-consuming blog.
I don’t know about you, but I just don’t need another computer distraction to keep me away from my studio time. When I looked at it as it relates to my bead and jewelry business, it just made no sense.
In order of importance in my daily business and making things life, I would say that my blog is number one. I have “met” some wonderful and amazing people who follow my blog. And I love reading other people’s blogs as well. I cannot tell you how much I learn from them. Not necessarily about beads although that is probably the main thing that I learn about but also writing, retirement, career issues, etc.
My second important online time use is of course my shop for obvious reasons. It requires constant monitoring and tweaking in order to keep it up to date and relevant to my work. As my work improves, I sometimes remove things that I had made previously that aren’t up to my standards.
The third online time use is Flickr. I love this site. I love the constant back and forth with people. The comments as well as the inspirations I gain are really important to me. I don’t feel the need for Pinterest since I feel Flickr fills that need by the option of selecting my favorites.
And finally, the single biggest timewaster is Facebook. You have to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg. He figured out a way to make billions of dollars on peoples need to waste their time. For me the difference between wasting time on Facebook and wasting time on Pinterest is this. I can meet new people on Facebook and interact with them. I find out all sorts of great information from all the jewelers and bead makers I am “friends” with. For me, Facebook is not just about the people I already know. I can speak to them on the phone or in person. It is the ones I don’t already know. There are people who live in another country who may have bought my work through Facebook. To me that is the benefit of wasting time on Facebook. In a way it is like the old fashioned pen pals we used to have when we were kids. But in multiples! And of course much faster.
The last thing I am going to say about Pinterest and that will be it is this: I found a few pieces of my work had been pinned on people’s boards. Now that didn’t bother me so much. It was the misinformation about the item that concerned me the most. For example, I had made an amulet for my mom when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and I blogged about it here. The amulet was pinned as a “charm against colon cancer”. I certainly don’t want anyone thinking I am making these or selling them for any other reason than my mom. Another thing that was even more disturbing was a pin of one of my texture samples using a Helen Breill tutorial. It was pinned as my tutorial and directed people to find it on my blog. I certainly don’t want people to ever think that I developed that tutorial but there it was through no fault of my own. For that reason, I want to be able to control my images and work online as I am sure most of us do.