I saved an article from the Star Trib, January 28. Headline: Pin.ter.est (n.). I save articles all the time. I’m not very organized about it, so periodically when I commit a cleaning (or maybe a partial cleaning) in my office, I come across snippets and whole pages a second time. That’s when I toss or commit. This week I committed to Pinterest. Apparently, this is the fastest growing social network going. Yeah, like I need another thing, but this one looks like an organized way to save and share some of those snippets. Giving it a try. But I could use some advice from experienced pinners.
As I understand it, this is a bulletin board—or, for messy people like me, a fridge with magnets—online. It’s also a social network, which means I suddenly have pinners streaming through my kitchen. Fortunately, all they see is the front of the fridge.
You sign up—remarkably uncomplicated, that—and Pinterest gets you started with suggestions. What interests you? Grab a few suggestions, make your boards, and start pinning. As you get the idea—this is a hands-on learning curve—you rename your boards, make them more specific, and somehow people find your stuff and start following your boards. As I said, I just started this, so I’m sure there’s more to it.
Here I am—3 boards so far. I uploaded my own pictures. My current books, of course. Then I put some of my own photos from SD/ND on a “Favorite Places” board and our Medicine Wheel garden under “Gardening.” People started “following” almost instantly. So my next step—I think—is re-pinning from other people’s boards. I’m not sure how I should go about this.
Here’s rule #1—actually the only rule I’ve found so far:
What do you think, guys? Do you pin? How did you start? How’s it going? Do you have any warnings or words of wisdom to share? If you haven’t gotten into it, what do you think? Will you give it a try? Why? Why not?