A few days ago I commented in the Shopping for Savings BlogFrog community that I was planning to share some information about Pinterest. Most of those who responded either didn’t know what Pinterest was or didn’t really understand the point. I’ve heard more than one person on Facebook in the past few weeks say “I just don’t ‘get’ it”. Being confused by it is completely understandable; that’s exactly how I felt when I heard about it a few weeks ago.
Now, however, I’m in love. And maybe just a smidge addicted.
Do you remember in “the old days” when you saw something in a magazine and thought to yourself, “Hey, I’d like to buy/try/make/bake that”? You’d tear whatever it was out and stick it on the fridge or a cork board, tuck it into a binder or plastic bin – basically you’d tuck it away for “someday”. (And, if you are anything like me, you’d promptly forget about half of them.)
Well, think of Pinterest as big ‘ole virtual collection of cork boards for the internet. You get to put up as many boards as you’d like and you can look at the boards that belong to everyone else also.
So how does that actually work?
Let’s say you really love Christmas decorations. So you create a board where you can “pin” all the cute decorating ideas you run across on blogs, websites, Etsy, etc. The image will then show up on your pinboard and when you’re ready to go back and order/make/consider the item again, you can just click your image and it will take you directly back to the page you found it on.
You can also follow other folks who are on Pinterest; if you find a person that has similar tastes to you and you follow them, every time they pin something new it will show up in the “feed” on your home page, giving you the option to pin it yourself if you like it. (Don’t worry about having too much “stuff” in your feed; you can pick and choose which pinboards to follow for each person so that you’re only receiving relevant content.)
If you’re planning a wedding, shower, birthday or other party there are thousands of pins to jump-start your planning. Like DIY and crafts? You’ll be in Heaven with all the new ideas. Stuck for what to make for dinner? Search for a recipe and you’ll have endless possibilities.
(By the way if you have an Etsy shop joining Pinterest is a great way to self-promote.)