We’ve all seen or heard of a Pinterest Fail. I really like when a blog or website does a wrap-up of the week’s Pinterest fails. They make me feels not quite so bad about some of my own.
Today I’m going to talk about a different type of Pinterest Fail. The failure to save recipes. But I pinned them you say? Pinning is not “saving” them. Confused? Let me explain.
If you’ve never really looked into how websites are run you don’t realize that every single thing on Pinterest is there only for as long as the original poster keeps their website active.
I own www.TheTryItMom.com and I pay for monthly hosting. Hosting is essentially the process by which my page is made accessible online and where all of my data is stored (such as this post.)
If I post an insanely good triple chocolate fudge cake recipe on my website, you can easily pin it on Pinterest and go back to it anytime. But what happens if I stop paying for hosting? Your pin will still show on Pinterest, but when you go back to it and click it, you will find an inaccessible website. Therefore, your favorite recipe of mine is now lost forever.
How did I learn this lesson?
I relied on Pinterest to save a most awesome cake recipe. (I’ve got cake on the brain) I was craving this cake and while at the store, I logged into Pinterest to pull up the ingredients. I went to my “Desserts” board and found the pin, clicked it and then THE HORROR! That website owner no longer ran their website, and my beloved recipe was now gone forever. I have searched and searched all over and cannot find this specific recipe.
At first, I misdirected my anger at Pinterest, but then I quickly realized that this was not their fault. They never promised to keep each recipe alive beyond the original posters active web life.
Does thinking of losing one of your favorite recipes make you break into a sweat? Me too! So I decided that I would take control of this situation myself. If I find a recipe that I like or really want to try, I still pin it but I also type up a copy for my computer. That way, if the original poster decides to shut down their website, I’ve still got access to the recipe.
I’m not going to lie, doing this takes a lot of time. But I have found that when I take the time to do this, I’m not thrown off by those disappearing websites.
Don’t have the time to transcribe all of your recipes? I can help you out. Just let me know if you want my assistance with this. I’d be happy to help. Contact Me