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Friday, July 19, 2013

What's the Point of Pinterest?

Back in February I expressed my confusion about Pinterest and what one was supposed to do with it. The post was entitled "Pinterest Pity and Pools". Back then I didn't have many people looking at my blog but I posed the question:

"So I am embarking on this Pinterest pursuit, but what exactly am I doing? Is it supposed to be a big waste of time or is there an objective?"

I didn't get any responses. :)

Well, today I write to share with you my three favorite things about Pinterest.
  1. It's one more thing I have to talk about and share with my wife. We'll sometimes sit on the couch together both looking at Pinterest and share cool pictures, neat recipes (Cami more than me), and talk about how cool it would be to visit this place or go there. It sure beats watching TV show after TV show every night. Besides, maybe someday we'll actually go to those places or make one of those mouthwateringly appetizing recipes.
  2. There are A LOT of cool pictures and ideas. I enjoy the pictures of places to visit. There are so many beautiful places on this earth and I know that I won't get to see all of them in person so I'm glad that others have taken amazing photos and shared them. That way I get to appreciate them too.
  3. It brings visitors here, to my site. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.
I am by no means a master "Pinterester" and so would love to hear your thoughts on a few things. Please leave a comment or, if you would like, feel free to email me at
  • How can I better use it? 
  • What should I do to make the pictures that I pin more appealing to others? (here's a link to my boards in case you aren't already following me on Pinterest)
  • Do you have a strategy that you would be willing to share of how to not waste time but use Pinterest effectively? 
  • And last, but by far the most important question: how have you used Pinterest to improve, strengthen, or enjoy your marriage more?
As always, thank you for your help.

Happy Pinteresting!!! (I love that "pinteresting" has become a verb)

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  1. hi! Visiting from the Show Off Weekend Blog Party. I'm "meh" at Pinterest for sure. Twitter, much better for me! Facebook, somewhere in the average range. How about I follow you on Pinterest and you follow me?! At least we'll get our numbers up, which I think is the point. But maybe not. I don't know!

  2. Vising from the SOWBP. I haven't really utilized Pinterest for my blog, though maybe I ought to. For me to use Pinterest without getting sucked into the vortex I have to search for a specific thing. Then I have to say, click on only 5 links and then you're done. Or else, oh my gosh it's dinner time and I'm still in my pj's.


  3. I've used Pinterest to get so many ideas as I embark on my home remodel. I also use it for gardening, recipes, crafts, in fact, I will often search Pinterest before Google!

    I use Pinterest for my blog because almost every post has a picture going along with it. A good picture will:
    1. Convey exactly what the link is to (i.e. easy to read text that says "Homemade Ant Killer")
    2. Be eye-catching. It doesn't have to look professional, but it needs to be clear, bright, and cheery.
    3. Have a caption that also conveys what the picture will link to. This needs to have the keywords people would search for on Pinterest (again, such as "homemade ant killer").

    There are image sights you can download free images from, so long as you cite your source (you can link the image to the site you downloaded from when you place it on your blog). This works well when you are writing about a topic that you don't have a picture for.

    Make sure your boards are clearly labeled. Don't be afraid to make lots of boards. You can get cutesy/creative with it, so long as it's obvious what is pinned within. Here's my boards, just to give you an example:

    Follow lots of people, and pin pin pin! Also ALWAYS check that the links work when you pin. There's nothing more frustrating than clicking on a pin only to be then taken to "error 404" or a totally different topic.

    I've used Pinterest to send links to my boyfriend of ideas for our future home, and cutesy photos. He's in South Korea with the Army, so it's pretty convenient in that regard.

    1. Stephanie, you're awesome! Thank you for the advice. I'll be stopping by your boards to check them out. Thanks!

    2. Why not just use Google images?

  4. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the Wondering Brain Show Off Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... I would love for you to link up and follow (if you don't already) if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  5. I use Pinterest as "a visual bookmark" for websites I want to use and to learn from again. In your article you mentioned wondering if it was a waste of time. I honestly do not think it is a waste of time as long as one uses it well. But I PIN With PURPOSE. Does the site inform me? Will it educate me more? Will it inspire me? Will it encourage me? Will it challenge me? Or can I use to pass any of the afore mentioned benefits to other people, (in teaching etc). If I come across a website that passes those criterion, It's worth pinning. If not I don't bother

    1. Thanks for the pointers Michel. I agree with you that if you aren't just surfing Pinterest but using it as a tool it can be quite beneficial. Thank you for sharing!


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