Pinterest (for everyone) Part 2

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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:

Plan
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.

Organise
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.

Search
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
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!

Switch off
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.

Phew!

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?

Rebecca x

Pinterest (for everyone) Part 1

A few times when I have mentioned Pinterest, some people have commented that they don’t really ‘get it’ or know how to use it. It’s easy when you’re a blogger and friends with lots of bloggers, to think everybody is doing something or au fait with something new on the internet, but it seems some of you want a kick start and a few pointers on Pinterest so I’m more than happy to oblige! (Of course if you just have no interest in Pinterest, feel free to move right along to your next favourite blog read!)
Tip: As well as the pictures I have included to illustrate my points here, click through all the links for examples of what I am talking about.

So what is Pinterest?
Try to think of it as a virtual scrap book. Did you make scrapbooks when you were younger? Have you ever made a book of travel memories? Cut out an recipe in the newspaper to remind you to try something later? Kept a page out of a magazine to remember a room scheme? Well essentially Pinterest is exactly the same, but online and anything that reduces the paper clutter around my house is a welcome addition in my opinion. Because it’s an American idea, they liken it to a pinboard, hence Pinterest.

How do I get started with Pinterest?
Firstly, create an account and log in. Next you need to create some ‘boards’. Pinterest will start you off with a few and you can either delete these or run with them, and of course add your own. Think of these as folders, or pages in your digital scrapbook, groups of things that go together. You might choose to make a board of fashion you have seen for your winter wardrobe, a travel bucket list or just a ton of cute puppies. You don’t have to make all your boards now, you might find later on that you want to start collecting images of something different and everytime you ‘pin’ an image, you have the option to create a new board for the image.

The next part is a bit like Facebook, you need to find some people to follow. (I’ll explain why in a minute…) Pinterest allows you to connect via Twitter or Facebook and find your friends who are also on Pinterest. If you happen to have super stylish friends, then this might be the way forward, but I don’t tend to follow many of my friends for 2 reasons. Firstly, Pinterest is about visual inspiration and you want to see the very best of it. Find your favourite bloggers who are already famous for selecting beautiful imagery and let them do the hard work for you. (You can find my Pinterest account here.) Secondly, most people use Pinterest to plan stuff, and so it kind of takes the wind out of your friends sails when they tell you about their plans for the new kitchen and you’ve already seen it all on their Pinterest board!

How do I ‘pin’ things? Again, there’s lots of answers to this question.

For starters, this is where those friends you followed above come in. Every time you log into Pinterest, just like on a Facebook wall there’s a page of all the pins the people you follow have pinned. You can browse them and repin them to your boards. Some people don’t do anything other than this and are perfectly happy. If you follow enough people, you’ll have more than enough inspiration to play with.

Tip: Here are 5 top ‘Pinners’ to get you started:

Decor – Kimberley (Redlilocks)

Style – Kirsty (A Safe Mooring)

Fashion – Kimberley (Eat Sleep Wear)

Events and Style Inspiration – Michelle & Vicki (PocketfulofDreams)

Beauty - The Beauty Department

Another great way to use Pinterest is to pin something you have seen elsewhere on the internet. You might see something on a blog for example, a hotel on a travel agents site, or that recipe in the newspaper online.

Next week, I’ll explain more of how to pin and also why I love Pinterest so much (i.e. what I use it for.) For now, if you haven’t already got one, get yourself an account and dive right in!

Happy Pinning!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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