Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Passionate Interest in PINTEREST






I'd never heard of Pinterest until GlitterbirdGlamour sent me an invitation to join. Just over a year old, there seems to be a lot of positive buzz out there about this site! You can sign up all on your own, but you'll have to wait several days before being accepted.

I adore Pinterest!!! And I PIN pretty much anything that I would normally bookmark or save to my desktop. I've got quite a few BOARDS going, each with a different sort of theme. 





Pinterest isn't complicated . . . it's kind of like the bulletin board I had in my room when I was in high school. I cut cool stuff out of magazines, kept ticket stubs from a rock concert and pressed a lovely flower I'd gotten from a special guy ... and ALL of them got pinned to that bulletin board!

Sound familiar? Maybe you had a board like mine, and maybe it was full of all the things you found interesting or just plain loved.
 

 Well, that's what Pinterest is - a place to catalog the things you love. You could compare it to hearting items and shops or creating a Treasury on Etsy.  But it's not just about one venue, it's about the entire Internet! Think of it as  a virtual bulletin board — a place where you pin almost anything you find on the Internet to that board. You can create collections of things you love and 'follow' collections created by people whose great taste you admireღ 


Here's an example of how your Boards might look ...


Jill Q ~ Pinterest BOARDS

And your PINS page . . .


Jill Q ~ Pinterest PINS


Can you PROMOTE your Etsy shop with Pinterest?

~ Pin Etiquette says to "Avoid Self Promotion. Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion."

Don’t think for one second that I’m suggesting you go on there and add every item in your shop…no way!  That kind of in-your-face self promotion turns people off big time. But it's certainly fine to have your Etsy shop in your profile and sprinkle a few photos of your handcrafted goodness on your Boards (collections). And who knows how many times they could be re-pinned after that!!! Pinterest is blazin Hot right now, and getting hotter

If YOU have an Interest in Pinterest, these links may be useful ...

                          About   http://pinterest.com/about
 
                          FAQs   http://pinterest.com/about/faq

                          Getting Started    http://pinterest.com/about/help


We all know the pitfalls that come with enjoying time on the Social Networks - often, we enjoy it too much . . .

Maybe William Penn saw it coming way back in 1700 when he said, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." 



Is YOUR time spiraling out of control?



I love  Urban Dictionary and can spend too much time on it. I tell myself ... it's NOT a time suck, it's an education!














27 comments:

Linda B said...

Thanks for sharing about pinterest. I need to learn more about it and use it.

bloomandbling said...

I absolutely ADORE Pinterest! I can't stop pinning and rearranging my pins! And my pins are getting repinned all the time!

I have NO comment on the time suck issue lol

CalliopeCreations said...

I'm coming back and reading this more carefully.

Need to find out how time consuming it is and how much email it will generate.

Kaboodle about does me in re. email and I hardly ever participate.

Elizabeth said...

Still intriqued. Just need to actually sign up. Scared to venture into another forum. I love the definition of time suck. As much as I love etsy and everyone on it, it is definately my major time suck.

Glitterbird Glamour said...

Time suck, LOL - love that term! And I really enjoy Pinterest, it's a creative outlet. This really strikes home: "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Sounds interesting but the time thing is something I can not do....way too much time on computer now.

bountyofbeads said...

Am still working on adding this into my schedule. VBS and Summer Mission Trip, then back to full time etsy...Thanks for all the information.

Susie Tenzer said...

interesting take on pinterest, Jill. I have to look again, at first I wasn't convinced it was worth the time.

Lbtoyos said...

I love how pinterest looks. I have registered a bit ago and love it.
Thanks for sharing.

nangatesdesigns said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing all this information about Pinterest. It seems like it's a lot of fun. I am definitely going to sign up at some point when I can focus on it... I have a feeling it is quite addicting.

magdamagda said...

I keep hearing about Pinterest! I guess it won't be long till I end up having an account!

Over The Moon Gifts said...

I <3 Pintrest!!

ElfRenee said...

Looks really cool!

Kelly said...

I love Pinterest and yes, I do get totally sucked into the pinning, repinning and commenting. Great site and I love your analogy of pinning important items to a board while growing up. Perfect!

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

I am slowly starting to get the hang of Pinterest but am not using it to its fullest potential. I honestly forget its there and just need to get in the habit of using it more! Thanks for the motivation!!

Crystal Eldoradosoap said...

I love pinterest! It is a great way to share so many beautiful things!

Charlene said...

After I get back, I'm going to have to definitely join.

MoanasUniqueDesigns said...

I luv Pinterest as well. It's nice to look back at items that touched you in some way. The boards always seem to look beautiful. Fun to see the tastes of others.

* said...

uniquecozytreasures - I need to try pinterestr. Thanks for the info.

Katie - ToyStoryNutty said...

How do you get an invite? I'd love to try it out but I'm not sure how to get started...

just B you said...

GREAT post! And now that I've learned how to stumble, I'm stumbling!!! =) Pinterest sounds fun. I'm learning so much this week...It's kinda like overload for my brain. Thanks for sharing. I just heard of Pinterest this Monday, so your post is really helpful!
~Kim

Simply Divine Creations said...

Very informative and well written. Even I understood it. :) Thanks for a wonderful feature.

BijiBijoux said...

I didn't try yet since I can't follow up with all other promoting accounts. I may give it a try later. Thanks for sharing.

galla15 said...

I just joined and will try it out. I don't get it yet, not that it is hard to use but I don't quite get how it is different from other bookmarking sites. Except just the layout of the bookmarks are more visual maybe. I will be trying to delve into this over the weekend :) LOVE the TIME SUCK definition LOL

Sea Flower Studios said...

Great post! I love pinterest as well!

rooee said...

Jill are you saying not to have a board of your own stuff for sale?

great blog btw :)

Mt. Baldy Glassworks said...

One of the best blogs I have ever read! Love the pictures you used, especially the the Daliesque clock!

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