12 October 2011

pinterest etiquette

I've been seeing some of the crafters I love and write about on pinterest included in a 'DIY' or 'To Make' pinboard. These images show up linked to my blog so I feel the need to speak out and say this really isn't okay. This is not something I promote and have been trying to figure out how I should deal with it. Instead of correcting these pinners by commenting on far too many pins I thought this would be a better solution.
{image found on Salt City Spice, click on the image for her take on the matter}
These crafters have worked on their design, worked to market their design, worked to fine tune the details. Those who mark their work as 'DIY' or 'To Make' are taking someone else's idea, stealing it and calling it their own, thus belittling the maker. So please continue to share the work I post here. Of course I want crafters I admire shown off on pintereset. I want their talent to be seen, but respected. Create a new pinboard just for the occasion, 'Handmade' or 'Work I Admire' instead of filing it under 'DIY' or what should really be called 'Craft I Want To Steal'. 

And to those artists who's work has been pinned in this manner from my blog, I am sorry. I've only meant to show you off because your work means something to me. I adore you, keep crafting, you are amazing and truly inspiring.

keep it real, kim


  1. There is a whole world of Pinterest etiquette that needs addressing :-( While this is a much bigger issue, it drives me nuts how many artists Pin their own goods. Its frowned upon by pinterest, and pretty shameless.
    I cringe when I see items pinned to boards like "Must try this" etc when it is clearly someone's hard earned work, and not a DIY project offered up for the masses. Is there a way to flag this sort of thing?

  2. Jaime,

    You can report the pin, that option lies within each pin. I even wonder if linking to my blog is okay. I feel like rather than just put up a neighborhood find I may as well have a link on why I found it interesting. I also pin to my blog when I write about other artists because I want to show why I find them important (plus I always link to their shop). Even that I wonder about being out of the realm of etiquette. But this whole DIY mess is certainly out of the realm of what's acceptable. I'd love some feedback on the other issues I just brought up.

  3. I found your blog on Craftgawker. Lo and behold, I received a needed kick in the pants. I was guilty of this and am grateful for your wake up call. Just finished 'cleaning out' my pin board of anything that was not posted as a DIY. Thanks so much! I'll spread the word to friends as well.

  4. Fresh baked Designs, thanks for spreading the word!


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