Sunday, March 25, 2012

I Can See Your Pin - Like this, Only Better

Seriously, y'all. 
Bloggers, we know how to see stuff you've pinned. Really, we do. Your Pinterest board - not private. In fact, it is very, very public.

And if you're going to tease me with comments like being able to improve on awesome... at least tell me how. 

And leave the snarky comments to the professional.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Clothes vs Cloths - You're Welcome

Clothes are what you wear... cloths are pieces of fabric. I don't know why this bugs me so much, but I unfollow every. single. blog. that can't get this right. Because if you spent all that time making some new "cloths", I just don't want to know about it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I was pinned on Pinterest... and now I want to sue {an imaginary conversation}

Alternate titles: In Defense of Pinterest OR What in the world are you thinking?

If you've opened up your laptop sometime in the last 6 months, you've probably heard of Pinterest. And if you've opened up your laptop more than once in the last 6 months, you've probably heard of the legal questions that surround Pinterest, as discussed HERE and HERE.

Now, I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. But before having kids I watched a lot of Law & Order. And since having kids I catch the occasional episode of The Good Wife. Which I would totally watch more of if they would post the episodes online.

Now that we have established that I have absolutely zero legal expertise, and nothing I say here should qualify as advice in any way, I'd like to share with you the imaginary conversation I had with an imaginary lawyer recently.

Me: I want to sue this gal who pinned my image on Pinterest!
Mr. G.W. Sharq, Esq.: (suitably outraged) Aha! Someone has said something defamatory about you online. We'll get a libel suit started right away...
Me: Um... no... she didn't say anything bad about me. In fact, she said she loved my work. But she posted my copyrighted image without proper consent!
Mr. Sharq: (still outraged) She infringed your copyright, distributing your content on the internet without your consent, which has cost you thousands of dollars! 
Me: Well... I had already posted the image online... so I guess I was already distributing it...
Mr. Sharq: (learning to be more cautious with his outrage) But she has stolen your ability to make an income from the image, yes?
Me: Not exactly. Actually, she's sent thousands of pageviews my way. Which has actually made me money.
Mr. Sharq: (grasping at straws) I'm sure she has some significant assets we can go after? A summer home in Belize?
Me: I don't think so. She's a stay-at-home-mom to seven kids under the age of seven. I think her last blog post said something about her husband losing his job and their house going into foreclosure...
Sharqey: (doing a nice job of summing up our conversation) She's said nice things about you, brought you income, has zero assets, but you still want to sue? Even if there were grounds, it doesn't make economic sense...
Me: Well, come on! This gal posted my image without asking! I want my day in court!!
Sharqey: I'm not sure we can sue this pinner... but I may be able to arrange a commitment hearing...
Me: Okay, so it sounds like the Pinterest suit is a no-go. Any chance we can make CBS post episodes of The Good Wife online?? 
Dubya: It might be a better use of your time to have your husband teach you how to use the DirectTV remote.

And that is why if you pin my images, you don't have to worry that I'll be sending a process server your way.

You're welcome.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Can See Your Pin - Love the idea but...

Hi Pinners! Did you know that Pinterest is searchable? And searchable by source, too. As a blogger, all I have to do is go to and I'll see all the pins from this blog. And the comments that go along with the pins. Especially the snarky ones. And I'm not the only blogger who knows this... it isn't exactly a State Secret.

In celebration of all the snarky pinners out there, I'm starting this new Sunday Series "I Can See Your Pin." Sharing the not-so-private comments of pinners who don't realize that their pin is showing.

This pinner has the backhanded compliment down. See the finished product here.

Want to submit a pin you've seen, and the corresponding comment? Send an e-mail to Craft Snark!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Proper Apostrophe Use - You're Welcome

Please, please, please, for the love of all things sacred and grammatical... learn the basics of the apostrophe! I get actual spasms of pain shooting into my brain each time I see the apostrophe used "just because there is an s".

Apostrophe does not mean "Look out! Here comes an s!"

Use the apostrophe when something belongs to someone:
Mike's toy
Cathy's purse
Craft Snark's apostrophe rant

Use the apostrophe when something belongs to something else:
the toy's shelf
the purse's handle
the blog's first post

Do not use the apostrophe when you are just talking about a bunch of stuff:
a room full of Mikes

There is the odd exception because English was designed by people who think it is normal to take courses in your native language for 12+ years in order to be able to get it right. I'm not going to get into those here because as long as you can get this top part right, you'll already be ahead of a lot of people. You're welcome.

Now, go be snarky and leave me lots of comments with mis-used apostrophes. Yes, I know you were thinking it.