Are you tired of hearing about Pinterest yet? I’m sure you are but this won’t be the typical Pinterest post so feel free to read on.
My Original Plan
My original plan was to not join Pinterest because the last thing that I needed was another social media site to learn and possibly enjoy spending time on.
I was very happy with Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter. The more that I tried to ignore it the more that people were talking about it. Everywhere. Other bloggers, entrepreneurs, friends on Facebook, people on the mom boards that I’m on.
It was everywhere and there was a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding it!
Finally I sucked it up and asked for an invite. There was some issue signing in, it required some sort of authorization through Facebook to start an account and there was some type of a glitch. I spent too long that day trying to make it work and eventually gave up and decided to stick with my initial decision to avoid it.
Of course Pinterest was still everywhere that I turned and I read an interesting post by my friend Ilka Flood about how Pinterest can help get more blog traffic and asked her for an invite. This time I was able to get an account set up.
Why Pinterest is My Favorite Social Networking Site
I have loved it since I got started! I’m not nearly as excited about any of the other sites and if I have a free moment I love to use it “pinning”. Why do I love it so much? I’m glad that you asked!
It’s fun! First and foremost it’s simply fun. I find it relaxing to sit and scroll through the images that others have pinned. Apparently I’m one of the masses who is tired of reading and enjoys images.
It’s much easier to find what you’ve shared. Have you ever wanted to go back and find something that you shared on Facebook or Twitter a long time ago? Good luck finding it. It gets buried down everything else because there is no real order aside from time.
You can repin the ones that you like onto your own boards and if you like something but don’t want to repin it you can just like it and it is saved in your “likes”. Everything is saved where you put it making it so much easier to go back to it.
Discovery! There is so much to learn and discover on Pinterest. Want to find a new idea for dinner? You know it’s there. Looking for ideas to declutter your home? You’ll find it. Want to make your own home cleaning products? Done. I’ve got a wonderful air freshener that I made in two minutes with stuff I had at home. Looking for ideas on how to build your blog? You’ll find it there too.
It’s a form of self expression. You can create boards on any topic that you want and put any pictures that you want. It allows for a lot of creativity and you can express all kinds of interests that you have. It’s not all just about food, puppies and kids. Your imagination is your limit!
It reminds me of when I was growing up and I would decorate my bedroom walls with all kinds of posters, pictures, album covers, or anything else that expressed my individuality at the time.
You can see some of mine below. You can see how I’ve had fun with it. I’m definitely using Pinterest to be about ME and not just business or a brand. If you follow me on Pinterest you will see more than just “Me, Inc.” You’ll get to know me much more than before!
You can promote your posts. Oh yeah…that aspect too! I’m not going to go into that too in depth because you can find information on that topic all over the place. Though I do recommend Ilka’s post that I linked above.
The possibility for something to viral on Pinterest is pretty good if you have a great image and say something good about it. If people like it they will repin it to their boards and their friends will do the same.
I was quite surprised when I pinned a link to my post on meditation it was immediately repinned by someone that I don’t know. My other blog pins haven’t gone that far yet but I saw the potential with my meditation post.
If you haven’t joined yet and would like an invite leave a comment with the email you want associated with Pinterest. I would be very happy to invite you!
To Your Success,
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