I jumped on the Pinterest band wagon in its early days and never looked back.
I loved adding things to my boards, glad to give my gigantic bookmarks folder a rest and happy to organize in a visual way I could scan quicker. It grew and grew and grew and as I saw more good ideas, wanted them for my own and had to compartmentalize them, neatly. I soon had several – um, many – boards. And now it’s overgrown.
I have a crafting board overflowing with ideas that I’d love to make but sadly never will.
Three separate boards for recipes, somewhat organized into ‘what I will really make’ and ‘what I wish I could make instead’.
Recently I spent a couple hours just trying to clean up my mess- constantly trying to resist the other boards floating past me as I cleaned and re-pinned elsewhere.
In all of that work and contemplation about what gets deleted and what stays I learned a few rules of Pinterest.
First rule of Pinterest- Give it a purpose.
I have boards, it seems for every occasion and because I have so many I don’t use them all regularly.
As yourself- what do you want out of your Pinterest? If you’re losing weight, why not make it for your journey through that- a board for recipes, a board for motivational pictures or infographs, Clothes you will reward yourself with or cute exercise clothes?
Second rule of Pinterest- Pin the Source.
I’m sure you may have heard it mentioned, seen blog posts about it or even pins regarding this issue. The dangers of re-pinning from someone else’s boards means you may not be getting a link to the original source.
I am still looking for a link to an alphabet picture made with road map paper.
So before you pin, check the link or else you will end up with a link to the blog but not the corresponding blog post or, worse yet, a Google cache picture like me.
Third rule of Pinterest – Pin discriminately.
I have an overflowing crafts board I am scared to even look through there is no way I can do them all. If you want Pinterest to be a useful tool only pin things you plan on using- that craft for the kids, that shirt you desperately love, that recipe that would be great for dinner next week.
Fourth rule of Pinterest- Clean as needed.
When I first signed onto Pinterest we were looking for a home. Through the process of that I had boards for home styles I like and separate boards for each room to plan the decor.Now, I’m in the process of decreasing my home decor boards- as my home gets finished I need separate boards for the rooms less and less. Since I already have a Disney bathroom done I will be deleting that board and moving anything I still want to keep to a broader home decor board.
Do you have a Pinterest account? What kind of boards do you have?