Awesome, right?! I was so excited. I had BOATS of traffic from people pinning and repinning this image, it was great - my work, and this pattern getting the credit they deserved. Until one day, as I was scrolling my own Pinterest feed - I came across this same image - MY image of MY daughter, wearing THAT garment I'd made - with my watermark removed, and with the link changed; directed now to a Minnentonka product page. Traffic to my original post died overnight.
This image was repinned over 10,000 times with the false link, and with my watermark removed.
EDITED TO ADD: My image was cropped and re-attributed by a Pinterest user, not by Minnetonka. They claimed no involvement, and they were pretty horrified about the whole thing, honestly. This user had MANY falsely attributed images, and I have no idea what their motivation could be other than money. Who's paying them? No idea.
Emmy IS wearing Minnetonka's in this image. I bought them on Etsy, vintage, for thirteen dollars, for this photo you see above - for styling. She wears them all the time, but I got them specifically to style this garment that I sewed. In my original post, there is no mention of her shoes - their brand or otherwise.
I will tell you, my friends - I. Lost. My. Mind.
That's my kid. That's my work. That's my image. THAT'S MY KID.
Minnetonka responded to my complaints almost immediately to help remedy the situation. They offered to and did Pin every image from my original post to their Pinterest pages. It was a nice gesture, but I never got an answer to whether or not they profited from my property, or my child. I have yet to hear back from Pinterest.
This happened in the fall. I still see this image on Pinterest in my own feed - not attributed to me - whenever the moments arise that I can stomach a peek onto Pinterest. It's not often that I can. I was and am disgusted with their lack of action - especially because in this instance the links were changed to a retail company. If my link was changed to someone else's blog - that's one thing; it's shitty, but it's likely manageable. This is not that. Try explaining to your husband that an image you took of your three year old daughter is being exploited for profit on the internet. See how that goes.
Needless to say - my depression got a lot worse after that. I was legit immobile. If I had sewing responsibilities that weren't already sewn - forget it. If I had ANY responsibilities that weren't already taken care of - NOPE. I wanted to quit life - blogging and sewing seemed so, so ridiculous. My blog turned into a skeleton of guest posts. Please, though - don't get me wrong - sewing other peoples patterns, and having my Bimaa tour were WELCOME respites. I have never, ever wanted to leave this space - even though at times I just can't do it. This here is mine; hot mess or not.