I was minding my own business at work when I checked my e-mail and found an e-mail alerting me to an Etsy conversation. I finished what I was doing and moved on over to Etsy, figuring someone had a question or wanted one of my prints in a larger size. Instead it was someone named Heather letting me know she had pinned my art on Pinterest. Of course I was flattered; I have heard about Pinterest and joined it, but haven’t really invested a lot of time there. Looking at it now, I still don’t totally get it. It’s a lot of information all at once. I vow to spend a lot more time there in the coming days!
Back on Etsy my shop’s stats went insane. I still can’t believe it. I had a grand total of one view of my shop yesterday. It went up to 1500 in just a few hours.
I am speechless. I’m really excited. Just to think that people like my work or at least were intrigued by it enough to click through makes me so happy. A lot of drawing toads and snakes has gone by with validation coming in tiny little spurts here and there for me in the past ten years. Now I am excited more than ever to find my next amphibian model and craft my next drawing. Pinterest rules! I’ve heard that some people want to sue Pinterest for using their images without permission. For a little guy like me, Pinterest is a godsend. I hope that we can all come to an agreement that makes sharing on the internet easy and beneficial to the creator as well as those the work inspires.
I’m going to make it my mission to find other artists that make great work and pin them; pay it forward. Thanks, Heather for pinning me! I feel like a million bucks right now!