How many people have you connected with on facebook that you had lost touch with? And how many of those people have something unique and wonderful to add to your life? A new conversation, a new point of view, a new sounding board. And you can let people know you are thinking of them with a message that, in this day and age, is just as personal, if not more personal, than a hand written card on pretty stationary.
|The photo of the tractors by the old Miller barn made its way to a Finger Lakes Tourism board.|
However, I recently discovered that some of the pictures I put up on this blog have been 'pinned'. Not in any sort of bad way, but some of my pictures of my portable chicken pen and some of the pictures I took of the Ionia Tractor Parade have made their way onto pinterest without my knowledge.I recently created a pinterest account even though I really had no interest in doing so because a friend of mine insisted that it was the best and easiest way to share knitting patterns. And now, just like with facebook, I am falling in love with pinterest and all the wonderful ideas it brings into my life from crafting to pictures of my favorite television stars.
So I have been 'pinned." Should I be flattered? Does this mean that I am awesome in some way and that I should think it is wonderful that people are sharing my ideas and images? No one is taking credit for them, so there is no reason to be concerned, right?
Or should I be concerned? There is something strange and a little unnerving to see pictures of my backyard coop on people's 'boards' that I do not know. Does this mean that I will have a coop-stalker in my future?
|My chicken tractor pic 'pinned'. (It does look pretty nice, doesn't it.)|
Being 'pinned', or 'tagged' or tweeted about, or 'poked' are just some of the new mainstream entertainments that we all must endure in the modern internet age. I will gladly share and be 'pinned' if it will help someone discover and achieve their dream of homesteading or raising chickens. I just think we all need to take that one little extra step of judgement before we post anything - anywhere.
|My chickens and my fencing projects for them seem to be pretty popular on pinterest.|
But I have maintained my modestly in the modern world. I still feel violated when I am 'poked' on facebook.