We’ve been kicking ourselves for not jumping on the Pinterest bandwagon sooner. Last October we were told about Pinterest by the energetic, inspiring blogger Prudent Baby who we met in Mexico. She said, “Sign up now. It drives more traffic to my site than anything.” It’s a great way to discover new content and create a new network of online friends. We eagerly listened to her advice and when we returned home, we signed up for Pinterest. However, we made the grave mistake of not working at Pineterst and eventually let it fall into the pile of “we’ll get to it one day” tasks.
It really was a mistake that I wish we didn’t make. Dave takes some really amazing photos and if we would have jumped on the bandwagon sooner, we could have caught the wave.
However, it’s never too late to get started!
At the beginning of 2012 we made the commitment to re-visit Pinterest and are slowly dabbling away with pinning our favourite photos.
To join Pinterest you can Sign up for an Invite here, or leave a comment below and we can invite you instead. That will save you a few days of waiting for Pinterest to get back to you and we’ll be instant friends. Once you’ve joined Pinterest and created an account, the best way to share photos from websites that you like, is to install the ”Pin It” button on your tool bar. When you find yourself at a site with a photo that you want to share, you can simply Pin it.
Now, here is where the controversy comes in. There have been many complaints about copyright issues with pinning other peope’s photos and apparently Pinterest has all rights to your photographs. We have heard that the person who pins the photograph in the first place can be held liable. So, we are giving a strong warning to only share photographs on Pinterest with people who have given you permission. You can read more about the Pinerest and copyright here.
“I look at is as, if someone has the “Pin It” button on their site, it announces that they are open to being pinned.”
We are happy to have our photos shared on Pinterest. We like to attract new readers and fans of travel and we love browsing and sharing other people’s travel photos, (and I personally love showing off Dave’s shots) So if someone wants to share one of our photos with their network, we say go ahead! We’ve even added some photos from our favourite recent posts that you might find interesting to pin at the end of this post.
Our Pinterest account is ThePlanetD
Make sure you leave your Pinterest account in the comments so we can follow and pin your stuff too!
One feature that we like very much is the fact that you can invite your fellow Pinteresters (is that what we call them?) to be a part of a board and you can all share photos and videos about the same subject. We have people contributing to The World is Just Awesome and wow, people have added some amazing photographs. We’re happy to be invited and pin away on your boards to so feel free to add us! If you’d like to join a board with us just let us know below.
One of the problems that we’ve found with our social sharing plugin “digg digg” is that the Pinterest pin doesn’t give people the option to pin the photo that they desire. It only automatically posts our featured photo. This is where the “Pin It” button on your toolbar comes in handy. You can easily pin whichever photo you like from any article or blog post. However, it is still very important to travel bloggers to install their own “pin it” pin for those people that don’t have the button installed on their Firefox, Chrome or Safari toolbar. You want to make things as simple as possible for your readers to share your content.
I look at is as, if someone has the “Pin It” button on their site, it announces that they are open to being pinned. So we are happy to leave it up there and let people pin our posts as their hearts desire.
Are you on Pinterest? Share your account below and we’ll be sure to follow and pin with you. Once again our Pinterest account is ThePlanetD
So while we’re here we thought we would leave you with a few photos from some of our recent photo story posts to get you started pinning!
Original Post, Egypt a Photographic Journey
Original Post – The Ominous Deception Island in Antarctica
Original Post – Astana City at Night
Original Post – Picture Perfect Portraits, Children of the World