Ok, so hopefully by now if you’re vaguely interested, you’ve got a Pinterest account and maybe you’re having a feel around it. For part 2, I’m going to talk about how to pin (there are several different ways…) and what you might use Pinterest for
There are three ways for you to get your image onto your Pinterest board.
- Lots of blogs have a Pin it! Button that appears if you hover over an image, so look out for this. (You will see that there is one on all of my images if you hover over them for example…) When you press it, you’ll be prompted to log into Pinterest in a pop up box (if you’re not already) and the blog will autofill the comment box. You simply choose which of your boards you want to put it on and change the comment if you want to.
- Secondly, lots of websites have a Pin it! Button within their social media bar – this works in the same way a floating Pin it button on a blog image does. (Again you’ll find one of these next to the ‘tweet’ and ‘like’ buttons at the bottom of this post.)
- Thirdly, you can add the Pin it bookmarklet to your web browsers tool bar. Just follow the instructions, and then anytime you’re browsing the internet and see something you want to remember you can press the pin it button and hey presto, up pops your pin it box again.
*Just beware if you do this on a blog and haven’t clicked into the particular post, you will link to the blog, not that specific post, which can be annoying if you want to come back to it later.
Lastly you can upload an image via the Uploader or from a website by using the big plus sign at the top of your Pinterest window. To upload an image from your computer, simply browse your folders to select the image then upload, or paste in a web address to search the images on the site.
Just a final thought for you when adding your images, always credit the image. As I mentioned above, when you add a pin using a blogs pin it button, or social media buttons, or the Pin it bookmarklet, Pinterest automatically adds a link so you can click the image later from within Pinterest and go back to the source you pinned it from. If you upload your own image you can add a web address for where it came from or add in the comment (via FlorenceFinds.com) for example.
Now how do I use it?
There are loads of different ways to use Pinterest but here are just a few ways I use it and that I find useful:
Probably the most used function of Pinterest is to plan things. That might be an event like a hen party, a room you are decorating, or a round the world trip.
Like I said, I am a terrible hoarder of paper, so being able to store collections of recipes, fashion finds and hotel recommendations stops me stockpiling cut outs and keeps my life tidier.
Remember for later
You know when you see something on the internet, a great outfit idea, 5 tips for stress free entertaining, or the perfect gift for your niece next Christmas? Pin it. Save yourself frustrating hours of searching for it all over again. I’ll go so far as to say this is something that has changed my life.
Do you know you want a blue kitchen but not sure what it will come out like? Looking for brunette bob hairstyles to show your hairdresser? Simply use the search box at the top left of the page and see hundreds of images pop up.
Tip: Be specific to get better results – ie ‘white gloss kitchen’, rather than just ‘white kitchen’ and consider using American language like ‘countertops’ instead of ‘worktops’ if you’re having trouble finding what you want. This works both ways too, if you want people to find your pins, label them clearly according to what they contain. You can find new reading material this way too – when you find a picture you like (of a recipe for example,) if you click it, it will take you to the source and just like that, you’ve found a new favourite blog!
Share your pins with others by getting them to join Pinterest or simply sharing the link to the board you want to show them. You might want to bounce some decor ideas off your best friend, or help your mum out with her christmas shopping by showing her a few things you’ve been coveting. One of my friends recently got engaged with her perfect ring that her fiancé had found by looking on her Pinterest board!
Because I’m a very visual person I could look at Pinterest all day. I log on perhaps 2 or three times a day and scroll through everything until I reach the ones I saw last time I was logged on. It’s a way of switching off, destressing and taking a break. Beware though – it’s such a time waster!
Are you a blogger? This post is to make Pinterest accessible to everyone, but there are more tips on how to use Pinterest specifically to increase your blog traffic and web presence here, on the Dream. Find. Do. blog.
I hope this mini-series helped you guys understand Pinterest a little better. There’s even more to it – for example you can share boards with friends to work on joint projects, or keep secret boards too. Plus there is an iPhone app. As you can probably tell, I really love it. Like my iPhone, I can’t quite imagine how I lived without it, so if you get even a little bit of benefit from it, I’ll be happy.
So what do you use Pinterest for?