The internet, and most specifically social media-oriented websites, are great at being total time burglars. Meaning, you can lose a lot of time looking at pictures, “liking” what people see, say and do, in addition to watching way too many cat videos. As of lately, I’ve taken a keen interest DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects around the house to de-stress and make my apartment a more cozy place after those long days at work. (Stress will be covered in another blog post) The newest tool that is feeding both my addiction to organization, cleaning, and DIY-ing is Pinterest.
Pinterest, as the name suggests, is a social media site where users can pin/”like” images and add them to a “pinboard” where they can categorized by the user according to interest, hobby, etc. For those who like to geek out on web analytics, Pinterest has a page (which you can also follow) dedicated to understanding how people use the site. It turns out that 80% of all users are women, but I digress.
HOW TO PINTEREST
1. SET UP AN ACCOUNT
2. CREATE YOUR PROFILE
3. CREATE A BOARD
Now this is the fun part. This is where you get to create, essentially, a folder or “board” to pin images that you like according to category. If you look at my profile, you can see that I have five boards:
OCD All things related to cleaning advice, creating pet-friendly cleaning solutions and the like (Yes, I enjoy cleaning. A lot.)
Big Hair This is where I keep pictures of hairstyles I might want to try for my big hair (hence the name)
DIY Home All things related to projects I’d like to try out at home
Vegetarian Heaven This is where I keep all my recipes
Wildflower Season Pretty self-explanatory
And the fun thing is I can create as many boards as I want and name them as I please.
4. PIN THINGS!
This is where you can browse around the site and “pin” images to your boards and “re-pin” images you see from other users that you may like.
5. CREATE A PIN
Want to share something with the world?
Most websites now have a red button that says “Pin it!,” which allows you to create a pin that you can either:
a) add it to one of your boards, or
b) upload it to Pinterest and have an opportunity for other users to Pin it as well. You can also pin original content or images using this tool.
Now, Pin away!