Are You Pinterested?

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Good rule. 

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?

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About Kathleen Eagle

Kathleen Eagle is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of over forty novels.
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24 Responses to Are You Pinterested?

  1. booksaver says:

    I joined Pinterest a few weeks ago and I still don’t know what I’m doing, so I can’t help you. My daughter actually joined first and I have to ask her for help when I’m trying to do something. I figured I’d just learn as I went.

    Linda

  2. michelehauf says:

    ohmygosh, you succumbed! I’ve been trying not to join, but only because I have so many other places online. I think my Tumblr account is sort of like Pinterest, so I’ll stick with that. Though my daughter and my mother both ‘pin’ and are trying to get me to start! Have fun with it, Kathy!

    • I hear you, Miss M. I don’t want to get tangled up in the net and drown. That’s always been my fear. But this site shows real promise for feeding the creative woman in a familiar way. It’s been calling to me since I saw it in the paper. I haven’t heard of Tumblr. Thanks a lot. No, thanks for saying it’s a lot like Pinterest. I won’t even look.

      • michelehauf says:

        Hee. Tumblr is a blog format, but I use it just to post pictures that inspire my writing world. My daughter makes a lot of crafts and recipes she finds on Pinterest. Every time she has something new and I ask about it, the answer is, “Pinterest!”

  3. Cindy Gerard says:

    I have recently heard about Pinterest. Resisting …..

  4. Sky Robinson says:

    It looks fun, but I’m resisting too. I can’t handle any more internet time suck.

  5. Jacquie Biggar says:

    I just started on Pinterest, loving it so far. I just do searches on things that interest me, such as Victorian homes or furniture, from there you just repin to whichever of your boards you want the pic to go. Fun!

  6. loisgreiman says:

    I just started Pinning. Not as far as you, Kathy. But dear daughter loves it and is always laughing about it while we’re on the phone together, so it’s a fun thing to share. But, sigh….no kidding…how much more can there be?

    • Lots. The Internet is like the gold rush. Many are called, but few will hit the mother lode. This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” deals. Lois, let’s come up with a new way to procrastinate and turn it into a site. Could be a flash in the pan. Could be the next Facebook.

  7. Jody Vitek says:

    I read the same article and found it interesting the midwest was the place that got it really going strong. As creative person, I think this would be a great place to belong for sharing and collecting ideas. As a writer, I’m with some of the others and can’t bring myself to doing it. A time suck indeed. I’m still on the fence about getting a Twitter account. I wish you the best Kathleen and hope it solves your ‘disorganization’.

  8. Liz Selvig says:

    I am so on the verge of looking into this, Kathleen. I have a niece who’s very big into it and I’ve even gotten “please join” invites. I’ve resisted because I am so ill with Shiny Object Syndrome that this might just push me over the edge (of what I don’t know). I’m sure I’ll be pinning sooner rather than later — but I was really glad to read this blog today and start to learn a little more. I’ll be watching your journey with this closely because I’ve heard it’s an awesome new tool for writers. Keep us up-to-date!

  9. kylie brant says:

    I actually started Pinterest before I even knew it was available through Facebook. I delete it from my timeline…resisting all their efforts to cross-crash my privacy! It’s interesting (ha ha) and like Jacquie I loved the pics of Victorian houses and started a board for those. It’s a good way to get education ideas, recipes, home decorating tips, etc. Mostly I browse 🙂

  10. What do you mean, cross-crash my privacy? You sound very techie, Kylie. Am I about to be hit by virtual terrorism?

  11. I joined not too long ago and am still learning how it all works..It seems pretty neat…

  12. I have an account but have no clue how to pin anything, although I have read the directions and tried to do it. I tried to follow you, Kathleen, but I’m not sure I succeeded. Vera Sweeney has the most interesting boards I have seen so far…even one just for arches and doorways. Is there a Pinning for Dummies? I may be old (kids/grands say my smart phone is a total waste) but I do like to look at pictures.

  13. Hey, fellow grandma, we’re never too old to look at pictures. Thought I’d try searching for you. Went to Pinterest and searched kadensgrandma. Found a whale’s tail. Is that you? I clicked follow. If that worked I think you get an e-mail saying you can follow me back. Let’s see what happens. This is a test.

  14. Leanne says:

    Not pinned yet!:) Man, I’m so overbooked. But I hear this is SO cool!:)

  15. chey says:

    I probably won’t.

  16. MaryC says:

    I’m just managing to keep up to date with blogs and Facebook. I’d rather spend any spare time trying to make a dent in my TBR pile.

  17. Excellent point, MaryC. Nothing gets in the way of our reading.

  18. mjfredrick says:

    I LOVE Pinterest. It’s my happy place. I got my mom on it, too, and we’re always finding new recipes and fun ideas and decorating inspiration.

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