bum steer : False or misleading information; poor advice. For example, Gene felt his doctor had given him a bum steer, as he hadn’t lost any weight on the diet. [Slang; c. 1920]
My friend, Geneva, introduced me to Pinterest a few months ago and for goodness’ sake, I’ve certainly spent a huge amount of time there ever since.
You can click on the new sidebar button Follow Me on Pinterest and see where I’ve been spending my time instead of using it for blogging. It’s just under the Search box on the right.
One person referred to it as magazines to look at every day. For free. Lots of them. Lots and lots of them.
Here’s a short run-down on how it works:
1. If you’re interested in flowers or altered books or old barns or England or any of a zillion other things, just go to http://www.pinterest.com and type in your subject in the search bar. It will bring up photographs of whatever you typed.
2. You do not have to join in order to just view the photographs. If you want to save favorite photos that you find, then click on the red bar that says “Request an Invite”. They’ll send you an email with a confirmation and instructions on how to get started.
They give you the option of signing in with Facebook; I don’t because I think that Facebook is already far too intrusive and nosy.
3. When you find a photo that piques your interest, you click on their name to visit their Boards. Perhaps you’ll find even more common interests. Click “Follow” if you want to automatically see their new pins whenever you sign in.
4. Let’s say you’ve joined and set up your own boards and want to keep a photograph – you do this by clicking “Repin” and selecting one of your Boards to pin it to.
Here’s where the Bum Steer comes in.
I try to be very, very careful about what I Repin because there’s some bad stuff out there on the internet and it frightens me to think I might be steering someone into any of it.
That can happen because the pinned photos link back their origin.
For instance, go here to my Hats are a must! board. Then click on the photo that looks like this one:
It will take you to my blog post where the photo originated.
And most of the time, that’s okay.
However, I don’t want to steer someone to a site which will cause them to stumble; someplace that has pornography or Mormonism, or anti-Semitism or communism, or even self-destructive philosophy.
Beware: there are lots of pins that look Christian, but are not. Spiritual seduction is what they are.
When I first started, I wasn’t so careful. Then I began to consider how I’ll explain to Jesus how I’ve been the source of something which caused someone to fall into sin.
My goal isn’t to be totally bland and innocuous. I agree the Winston Churchill quote:
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
There are people who hate me (and read this blog) because of the stand I’ve taken for protection of the innocent. They are definitely not innocent themselves and have chosen their own path. If they consider themselves to be my enemy, that’s their choice.
That’s another kind of offense entirely.