Yesterday in my post I mentioned that I would prefer that my images are not pinned to Pinterest and some of you asked questions about that, so I though that I would answer your questions today and explain my reasons.
Recently I posted a tutorial for one of my crochet makes. Shortly after I noticed that the chart that had written for this item had been pinned. This surprised me, but I didn't think anything further of it. However, a very short while after I noticed another pattern that had popped up on a blog for the same item and the pattern bore a great similarity to my pattern.
This could well be a total coincidence. However, it appeared very shortly after my tutorial, and did appear after mine. If you hadn't asked about it I wouldn't have mentioned it, I thought that I was being subtle in what I said! Subtle as a brick being dropped on my foot it would appear!
The reason I therefore asked people not to pin is that I am hoping that it will perhaps be a way to try and keep my work more mine. Those of you who post tutorials in particular will know just how long it takes to work through making the item, taking photos of each stage, editing them, uploading them, writing out the pattern or instructions etc. It also takes time to work out how to make the item in the first place and make notes of what you did and then to write charts, even for something small it all takes quite a lot of time.
I am firmly of the belief that there is very little which is totally new. For example there are, I am sure, thousands of tutorials and patterns of how to make a crochet granny square, no one can claim that theirs is the original, but I took the time yesterday to write and make MY tutorial for how I do things and I don't really want someone else to just "borrow" that, certainly not straight away.
Of course I accept totally that I put something out there, someone else will copy it, take it, probably claim it for their own, but that doesn't mean that I can't at least try and deter that. I am not naïve, I am realistic. I am though hopeful too that it won't happen!
I used to have a little widgety thing installed to stop photos or anything else being copied, but it didn't stop pictures being pinned and it also meant that I couldn't copy anything that I might want or need so I took it off. If you have installed a widget yourself to allow you to easily pin things, if you hover over almost any picture online it will allow you just to pin it. That isn't something that I have installed on my blog, or computer, from what I understand it depends on the computer user, or blog owner having installed it themselves - the widget is something that pops up on Pinterest suggesting that you install it to allow you to pin any pictures.
That is the answer! I don't want anyone to feel bad for asking or to feel that I am pointing any fingers or having a go at anyone who has pinned anything in the past. What is done is done. I firmly believe in not having regrets, just trying to learn from the past and not repeat things that didn't go well. So that is why I asked that things are not pinned now.
Hopefully that makes sense! Please don't feel badly or thing that I am getting at anyone at all. I'm not, I am just answering your perfectly valid questions!
Of course I want you to use and refer to the tutorials and patterns and so on. That is what I make them for, I just don't want someone else swiping them.
All of that said I will shut up now! I will be back later today with a book review - I finally finished another book!!!
Hope you all have a great day. Thank you for understanding, and for asking, I appreciate that you are interested!