Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'll Have a Carrot On a Stick For Something On a Stick Day?

Today has been proclaimed Something On A Stick Day! As a matter of fact, I can even prove it:) You see this book cover down here? If you click it, you will be taken to Favor Affairs a Party Favor site that is offering a free download of recipes and ideas on how to celebrate Something On a Stick Day.

Not only that, the ebook of 17 pages, also offers their theory as to why Something On A Stick Day should be celebrated by one and all. While not being a YouTube type gal, if it weren't for the book, I would not have found this Minnesota State Fair On A Stick video. Who knew???

Two Carrots and a Metaphor

Take a look at this. It's a Carrot and A Stick.

source wikipedia

Stay with me here and take a look at this. It's a Carrot on a Stick.

source wikipedia

Both these shots define an idiom. Or as Mr. Jacobson suggests, the words you may one day have to eat.

An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. Often an idiom, such as "under the weather," does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be "under the weather" is to be sick.

There are lots of Food Idioms. Do you have a favorite? I sure do. I've just made it up. Its name is Interest with a P and it's my carrot stick idiom!

Carrot and Stick: Originally a device designed to impel horses and mules forward by fastening a stick to the animal's neck and dangling a carrot from it, just beyond grasping distance of the mouth. Figuratively, any reward promised but withheld for unreasonable periods of time or withdrawn altogether, a tantalization. The term has undergone a change of interpretation over the years and now is widely understood to express the alternatives of reward (the carrot) or punishment (the stick).

You, however, may, or may not know it as Follow Me on Pinterest

"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."(About Pinterest)

This is my Pinterest "board" for Something On A Stick Day. Click it if you dare for you too may become the rabbit chasing the proverbial carrot on a stick.

Hoppin' around Pinterest has become one of my favorite past times. Oh, okay, I'll admit it, but only to you, I'm obsessed! During my moments of chasing the carrot, I've learned a thing or two about the virtual bulletin board. Time to Let the Cat Out of the Bag.

1. Pinterest is not without its own issues. I call it the copyright stick. Others might say "The Jury is Still Out" or undecided. It is certainly something to consider before getting enticed. The thing is, I was captured by Pinterest viewers long before I had a clue. And, as I said the other day, you may be too. I certainly understand and respect the copyright issues especially for those who need to learn how to Protect Copyrighted Works on Pinterest.

2. If you should decide to "Dip Your Toes in the Water," you might want to review this Guide to Proper Pintiquette. One of the issues with those questioning the copyright stick is pinning or repinning without the proper link back to the source. I relate it to my resource section where I try to include the sources of information that I blog about. And, it sometimes gets frustrating to track down the original source if the pin winds up in never never land somewhere. It may take a few extra moments, but dig right down to the original link. Most times, you just need to click on the title of the post or article and pin it at the place where it is written. For instance, if you were to Pin the post I did for Black Forest Cake Day, you would link to the complete post URL which is http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/2010/03/black-forest-cake-day-mix-up.html and NOT to http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com. Dollars for Doughnuts it won't get the would-be Repinner to Black Forest Cake Day, which by the way happens to be today:)

3. There is a line for a description when you Pin or Repin. Use it wisely. I can't tell you how many times I've seen words like Gotta Try This "Yum" or "This Sounds Good" as the depiction. What, what, what??? I've gotten into the habit of highlighting the words I want to include in the description on the site of where the Pin is coming from. Or, I write the title of the post or site article. Admittedly, I do sometimes get so overwhelmed by the excitement of finding the perfect Pin and forget but, I usually go back to my boards to make sure things are in Apple Pie Order:)

4. Information for Bloggers and People Who Use Pinterest is an excellent article by Amy of Living Locurto, "a top craft and party blog with great resource for moms." She has good advice posted and since she also has over 12,000 followers on Pinterest, she may know a thing or two:)

5. Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered:) P-Tailing: Pinterest Tips for eTailers

6. 10 Things Pinterest Should Do Right Now

7. Seven New Ways To Use Pinterest is another excellent article that I found quite helpful. If you have a Facebook account, which I don't, you really should give The Hyper House a visit.

If you do decide to "Jump On the Bandwagon," please be sure and visit me on Pinterest. Louise:)