I've spent a good deal of time this morning going through my pins and checking everything led back to its original source. While the majority do, a lot don't and those that don't were almost exclusively pinned from Tumblr blogs.
Although I found a few exceptions it seems that most Tumblr bloggers post images without giving the original source or any credit to its photographer, or indeed any information at all. All you get is 'image via lovelyprettythingsIfoundontheinternet'* (or similar) which will just take you to another Tumblr blog called sparklygirlheartspolkadots** (or some such) and so on ad infinitum. Pretty soon any hope of finding the original image is lost and you sigh and pin it anyway.
But, what if one of my images was lost in the depths of Tumblr being endlessly circulated but with no credit given to me? How would I feel? Pretty bloody pissed off to be frank.
There are a lot of my images on Pinterest which link directly back to their original post and that is great, absolutely marvellous, couldn't be more thrilled, please carry on pinning.
I have, however, decided to stop pinning (again) . It will take me forever to go through all my pins checking they have been correctly credited , it seems easier to just close my account. I do enjoy Pinterest greatly but I have to admit there is something a bit empty about it, and it's such a time-waster.
* Made up name -apologies if you really do have a Tumblr account of that name
** See above
Real pins in my pin cushion
Made by my mum many years ago. Crewel work on canvas in wool.
Isn't she clever? You can pin it if you like but make sure you link it back to this post :o)