A couple of days ago, I was in our local grocery store and purchasing some items for an upcoming sponsored recipe I am doing.
Now let me preface my story with, I live across the street literally from this grocery store, it is a local chain and I know pretty much every checker and bagger that works there. My son is employed as a checker and my daughter is a former bagger. So obviously through time, I’ve gotten to know most of them and they know me and what I do for a living.
So I’m casually having a conversation with one of the checkers and she is wondering what deliciousness I am planning on going home to create. They always love to hear what brand is sponsoring the recipe, and many of them come check out the finished recipe when it goes live on my blog.
So I realized in that conversation, how social media and the online world has become my life. And someone who is not ensconced in the online world, doesn’t get it.
Let’s call this checker Mary, and let me show you how the conversation went.
Mary: So do you ever work for that printer site?
Me: *blank stare*
Mary: ….the one with all the pictures you print so you can make the food.
Me: I’m not sure what you are referring to. (wondering if I am missing some cool new site I need to join so I can get paid to let people print my recipes haha)
Mary: Printeress. Printersrus. Something like that.
Me: *standing there racking my brain*
Suddenly, a light bulb goes on.
Me: Do you mean Pinterest?
Mary: Yeah, yeah. Do you ever work for them?
Me: Well, no. I use the site to post my recipes but I don’t “work” for them.
Mary: So you just post your recipes on there for free? And you don’t get paid anything?
Me: Well, I get paid when certain ones go on my blog, and then I share them on Pinterest.
Mary: Well I think you should ask them for payment for putting you recipes on there.
I decided against cluing poor Mary into the in’s-and-out’s of Pinterest and that she isn’t really getting my recipe ON Pinterest. I simply nodded and smiled, thanked her and continued on my day. But that conversation, while making me giggle, made me think throughout the day how easy it is, for those not online to not understand how social media sites work. Poor Mary really thinks she is going on Pinterest, finding a recipe and printing out photos of the dish. I am wondering if Mary has a collection of printed photos of dishes she’d like to make with no recipe attached. Does she ever click through to get the recipe? Or does she think that’s it? All questions I spent the rest of the day pondering.
At any rate, I shared the story with you, because I figure if you’re reading this, and you are a blogger or even wrapped up in an online reality, you’d get the giggles too.