Are you using Pinterest yet?
Maybe you've seen the Pinterest icon on the sidebar of my blog or seen it on Facebook, or Twitter and wondered what it was. If you don't know what it is, go click on mine to check it out. Go ahead, I'll wait for you. The link is right there on my blog. Go scroll down a little bit - it's on the right sidebar and it's in red, so you can't miss it. It says "follow me on Pinterest." Just click on it and it will take you to my boards.
I think of Pinterest as a huge bulletin board where I can hang up pictures of stuff I like. Only it's all electronic and the images are linked to websites. Pinterest makes it super easy to hang up pictures of things you like, with the links back to where you found them. You also have the option of following other peoples boards. Say you find someone who has similar tastes to yours - you can follow them, either all of their boards, or select boards. Then when they pin something to those boards, you can access them.
You can set up boards for yourself in any category that you like. Some of mine are Foods, Crochet & Knit, Crafts, Home Organization. I also have boards for different bloggers who have items for sale that I really like. It's a great way to keep track of things I'd like for myself, so if someone wants to buy me a present (hint,hint) all they have to do is look at my boards for some great ideas.
One of the really neat things about Pinterest is that it's a great way to track what other people are really interested in. Say I pin something. Whenever someone else re-pins it or "likes" it, I get an email telling me so. Each item on my boards also has a list that shows re-pins and likes. Yesterday I pinned something from another blog onto my board. Within ONE hour, that pin got re-pinned 147 times! OMG! That was an all-time high for my pinterest boards and told me that people really liked this item that I pinned. Want to know what it was? Of course you do. Click here to go see what this phenomenal item was.
I've only been using Pinterest for a couple of months and I really like it. It's proving to be another great source of traffic to and from my blog. I am finding that people who might not be followers of my blog still stop by and pin things. Or, someone is driven to my Pinterest board by one of my pins and then hops over to my blog and becomes a new follower. I encourage people to leave comments on the individual pins because that gives me additional feedback.
One thing I've been trying to do now is this - when I pin something I try to write a description of exactly what it is and then the direct link to where I found it. This does 2 things. First, it helps me and other bloggers know exactly what the item is, which is especially helpful with food items. And second, it links directly back to the original source, so other people can find it and so the original poster gets credit for the item. That's only fair, right? I've clicked on items on other peoples boards that they've re-pinned and the link is broken, so I have no idea where the item originally came from. That's really frustrating when I want the recipe or to buy something, and now I can't find it. Also, the person who originally posted the item wants you to come to their website or blog. So please, for the sake of yourself and the original poster, be sure to link back to the original.
That's really all there is to it. Check it out. It gets really addicting!
I love Pinterest, and I'm getting better at remembering to use it, instead of just bookmarking.ReplyDelete
First off: love the new header! :o)ReplyDelete
Second, this is the first I've heard of Pinterest! Sounds interesting, but I don't know if I have the time/energy for another social networking thingy... :p
I had heard of pinterest but knew nothing about it!! Thanks for the description...this might be something I would like to try Kim!!ReplyDelete
Pinterest is a great diversion but full of great recipes, craft ideas, & other inspirations. I'm glad to pin something so I can find it again instead of googling & searching for something I stumbled on & didn't bookmark. Love the new header.ReplyDelete
I am following you now. :) I love Pinterest, I seem to go is spurts with it though, but it is always a good distraction and I love having everything in one spot.ReplyDelete
Love your new header too!
Hi Kim, I am trying to get better at remembering to pin things and I have an etiquette question for you- Say I make a new jewelry piece that I'm really proud of, is it appropriate for me to pin my own stuff or should I only pin things I find other places?ReplyDelete
I'm still so new over there, I don't want to mess it up! :)
They frown on self promotion, so have a friend set up a board of your stuff on their Pinterest site!Delete
I've seen it, but don't do it. I'm afraid I would get sucked right in and I definitely need to spend less time on the computer (my ass resembles the chair!). I also had a friend who recently joined and by doing so it changed her FB to timeline.... a jump I have not made and will put off as long as possible. (I don't like change).ReplyDelete
I do not like the new FB timeline, but I hear eventually everyone is going to be switched over. Ick!Delete
Thanks so so much for the shoutout Kim! =) Love this post! I try to check every link I re-pin to make sure its legit b/c i'm with you on getting frusterated over broken links or things not being what they're supposed to be -- Pinterest is SOOOOO addictive! There goes our free time eh? =)ReplyDelete
Just started on Pinterest, but haven't gotten too into it...yet:) Thanks for the tips.ReplyDelete
The new header is ka - ute! Did you make it?ReplyDelete
Thanks Karen. Yes. I followed this tutorial:Delete
Do it quick before Picnik goes away!
pinterst is SO addicting.ReplyDelete
I totally agree ... very addictive!ReplyDelete
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