5 things I learned from Pinterest
Have you caught on to Pinterest? All around the world, people have caught the Pinterest bug and are pinning away at images that inspire them. It’s truly one of my favorite sites and a favorite app. Pinterest is one of those sites where you can find information for just about anything. It’s similar to Google or Bing but on a totally visual level as well as social level. How is it social? You can follow a complete stranger’s board if you like their curated pins and want to be able to see them as new ones are added. The only thing missing might be a 2nd sense. like smell or touch. Oh and if you want to share your Pinterest finds on other platforms like Facebook, that’s possible too.
The process is so easy to find what you need, such as ideas for dinner, your next vacation, spring gardening ideas, or your child’s science project that’s due next week. You may be hard pressed not to click, pin and share with the Pinterest universe.
Note: What’s great is that nothing leaves the ‘Verse. Just in case you missed a Pin and need to find it later.
When you open up the site or app, once you set up a new account, you’ll see there are a lot of different categories already listed to help you along as you navigate the Boards. Clicking and pinning is highly encouraged and giving credit to links found on the web or photos shares is quite easy via trackbacks. You can even link up to Facebook to see if your Facebook pals are pinning. Cruise by the FAQs in the beginning if you have any questions.
My personal top uses for Pinterest boards:
1. Foodies In the Kitchen: if you like to cook, or just like saving recipes and different foodie ideas, beware! There are thousands of different word combinations that you can search for, yielding board upon board of carefully curated delectable, or questionable, ideas that you too can try at home. Saturday morning’s Pinterest search was pumpkin+oatmeal. Yes I could have just opened up the spice cabinet and done the same thing without opening up the iPad app, but where is the fun in that?
2. DIYers who like to see what else can be done tonight, this weekend, or in the future: I’ve searched Pinterest for ideas for different ideas: a year ago, it was “pantry organization” (I’d just bought an antique German kitchen schrank or cabinet) and “craft supply cabinet” (I ended up reusing a bookcase rather than selling it). A few weeks ago, it was how to spray paint outdoor metal furniture (I weatherproofed a small outdoor bench a nice black rather than its original sage green) This weekend, I searched for “closet organization” for when we end up remodeling our home a few years from now. Some ideas get shoved into multiple folders: “great ideas”, “Texas home”, “organization” for instance.
3. Household hints: I’m no Heloise (she’s from the same town back home) but I do like being able to “unclog a drain” with household supplies in my pantry when I don’t have a bottle of Drano handy. Until someone shared a Facebook post of a Pinterest Pin on the many good uses of baking soda, I had no idea it could be used for so much more than just baking and toothpaste. I agree: It’s great for stainless steel pans and deodorizing our kitchen sink (use lots of hot water).
4. Image search: do you want to see funny photos, inspirational quotes or photos of cute baby animals? Sure you can use google search, but you know your secret desire is to escape into the click-click-click-Pin it! cycle that leads you to new discoveries and causes you to really look at your Boards. Do you need that many boards? Of course!
5. Design, specifically fashion, interior and housewares: these boards are wish lists. There are some fabulous posts out now that I want to be able to find “later”. Sometimes the link becomes “dead” but the image at least lives on in my board.
6. Project management tool: Pinterest is an eye catching tool for those who love lists, projects and the whole planning process. I’ve heard of entire weddings planned using Pinterest boards. You can have boards on your favorite colors, animals, musicians, cartoon characters, disaster preparedness, you name it, the sky’s the limit. You can create a few folders or as many as you want. I have a manageable dozen or so folders on my Pinterest account. My latest folder is “Great Ideas“…filled with things I can do and/or buy now or later.
Usually later. Because I’m much too busy pinning to do it now.
Ps: If you haven’t seen Pinterest yet, beware. I don’t think I have an addictive personality but I can be easily distracted and find myself Pinning when I should actually be starting dinner. I’m getting better… I have a spot set aside for the iPad while I’m prepping.
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