Pinterest is indeed INTERESTING. It has taken the world (!) by storm since it was launched about 3 years ago. In the US it is already BIG BIG BIG, many bloggers and non bloggers use it on a regularly basis to “book mark” websites and ideas they like and love in a highly visual and appealing manner. I know people who have used it plan weddings, redesign their living room or plan birthday parties. It is particularly popular amongst fashionistas, designers, crafters and foodies. But there are so many ways you can use it – it is a great way to store articles on parenting tips or days out in your local area. You can use it to book mark websites that offer technical advice (e.g. articles on better blogging or the latest WordPress Plugins) or legal advice (how to run competitions etc). Anything goes, your needs and imagination are the limit!
If you are not yet familiar with Pinterest, it is simple – imagine you have several endlessly big “pin boards” on your desktop. Each pin board represents a topic – say “children”, “food”, “holidays” – whatever grabs your interest. And when you see something you like online, you simply “pin it” to your board in order to easily find it again. Boards are public, so others can see what you are pinning – a great way to share with family and friends, but you can also create “private boards” that no one can see – e.g. if you are planning a surprise birthday party or research ideas for a project at work.
One of my favourite boards is my (rather generic) DIY & Crafts boards:
It is a great way for me to “remember” all those lovely things that I would like to make or give a go “one day”. It is also a “collaborative” board, which means, that I have invited fellow crafters to pin their finds to it too. So not only do I keep a record of projects to have a go at, but I also get new creative ideas “shared with” me via the collaborators. I also use it as an opportunity to share some of Red Ted Art’s favourite crafts with people who “follow” my boards on Pinterest. Creative Win Win all round.
Another favourite (if less pretty) board is my “Cooking with Kids” board. Over at Life At The Zoo, we do try and cook together regularly. I am keen for my children to grow up knowing their way around the kitchen. Again it is a “collaborative board”, which means that others share their cooking ideas with me via it.
Not on Pinterest yet? Then head over the ASAP and create an account. I think you will really enjoy it!
This is part of a fantastic #PinItForwardUK campaign here in the UK – Pinterest is keen to see more UK pinners in coming months. So the blogging community is getting together to share more information about other bloggers and Pinners out there!
Next up is the wonderful Emma from My Little 3 and Me you can find her on Pinterest too. My Little 3 and Me is a lovely kids craft blog – right up my alley – I love the crafts she comes up with from adorable Incy Wincy Spiders to fantastic Cereal Box Dragons… I am sure you will like it. A taster of her Children’s Craft board: