I deleted my Pinterest account.
Oh, it was hard! Hard to say goodbye to all those beautiful pinned ideas. But, it was also the right thing for me to do. As you may already know there is a bit of controversy about Pinterest's Terms Of Service & artists maintaining the rights to their work & images. There's some issues with creators getting credit & people being able to reuse ideas & images as their own. I decided that, for me, I don't really want to worry about the legalities of all this, I don't want to feel odd about pinning or repinning and whatnot. So, to make life easy I just decided to delete my account & not worry about it. I'm not making choices for anyone but myself. I'm not condemning Pinterest or its users. I'm just making a personal choice for personal reasons. I do think that in time the creators of Pinterest will work all this out & put into place a system to protect artists or something to alleviate this problem. And, I might revisit my decision at that time.
For now, I'll stick with Flickr for my idea gathering like I had been doing previously. It works just fine for me. In fact before I deleted my Pinterest account I opened up my boards & opened up Flickr & did a search for some of the themes I had so I could keep my favorite ideas favorites. Flickr didn't have everything I pinned, but they sure had a great deal of it & that's fine by me. It also helps that I have one less place to visit online, one less time waster to have for distraction.
I also went back to my 'Using A Pin' series of posts and change the titles to "Inspired To Create'. I tried to change all the links to go to the original web source for the ideas & change the wording to reflect that. (I added a disclaimer to the bottom of those posts in case I missed something in my rush through.) I'll still be doing more posts about using the creative ideas I accumulate & I'll keep up the 'Inspired To Create' theme.
Okie Doke. I think that's all I have to say about all that. :)
The Update portion of this is for that sweet little boy I talked about last week! Compassion posted photos on Flickr of his journey to a whole heart! Fatao's surgery was a success! If you scroll through the various Compassion photos on Flickr you can follow Fatao's journey to India, to the hospital, his pre-surgery work-up, the surgery & into the recovery room. Technology is amazing! People coming together to save the adorable kiddo's life is amazing! Hooray for the love of the human race! Too often we hear about the hurt we cause each other. Not often enough do we hear about how we rush to the aid of each other. Here is one little boy that is surely & most definitely loved, by us, and by God. Yay!