Everyone seems to have an opinion about Pinterest. Many people love it, others write it off a time-waster and some shy away from it for fear that they’ll become another Pinterest addict. Here’s a little “Pinterest Q & A” to clear up the confusion.
What is Pinterest? Pinterest is simply an on-line pin board that allows you to discover, organize and share the things you love, from gardening ideas and travel destinations to organizing tips and beyond.
Who uses Pinterest? Pinterest started with cooks and hobbyists who wanted to share recipes and craft projects and has exploded to become the #3 most-visited social media outlet to date. Middle-aged, high-earning women make up the majority of Pinterest users but it is also popular with artists, teachers and common folk from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Should I use Pinterest? You have nothing to lose for trying it out so I recommend starting an account, creating a few boards and test driving it for a specified period of time. You can “follow” the boards of people you know (I am TabithaDumas11), boards of your most beloved artists and authors or even the boards of your favorite companies and brands. You can also use the “pin it” button provided on many web sites and blogs to pin an image or article. If you want to use it to store items from your own computer or to market your own business, you can upload and pin your own items.
What should I pin? Beginners can do a search on topics or simply peruse their Pinterest feed (the latest pins from the people you follow) and re-pin anything of interest. You can always create new boards as you find new categories. Eventually you can pin your own discoveries from around the web. The ultimate, however, is pinning your own pictures and content with a link back to your own site.
What are the Pinterest rules? Responsible users pin from the original source rather than from a random Google image search so that proper credit is given. It is advisable to watermark your own images as well to keep them from being “borrowed” by other pinners.
If you haven’t tried it out, I urge you to dive in and get inspired. I hope to see you on there soon!
Tabitha Dumas is a wife of 11 years, mother of two sons, writer, chronic blogger and image consultant. She owns “Let Me Rephrase That” writing services, manages a collaborative blog called FanTABulous Women and offers free image assessments in her home studio. Based in the Chandler/Gilbert area, Tabitha is passionate about helping people live lives of greater beauty, confidence and influence and is always looking for more people to add to her network.