Have you heard about Pinterest?

Warning: DON’T READ THIS POST IF YOU LOVE THE INTERNET. Because if you’re as addicted to blogging and tweeting as I am, the last thing you need is another online way to waste time.

But if you like: art, food, home decor, dessert, crafts, photography, fashion, happiness, make up, tutorials, jewelry, etsy, joy and being inspired on a daily basis, I highly recommend you get on the Pinterest bandwagon as fast as if your pants were on fire and the wagon was covered in hot firemen.

My friend Brigid actually sent me an invitation months ago, because genius that she is Brigid knew it was a brilliant next-big-thing idea and also the sort of something I would love. I should send her a fruit basket. Maybe I’ll go look for creative fruit basket ideas on Pinterest. Because there are probably FORTY BILLION of them. I procrastinated for a few weeks, thinking I’d check it out when I had time and surly it wasn’t some sort of life changing website.

IT IS A LIFE CHANGING WEBSITE.

Here’s the overview: When you sign up, you create pin boards (like digital bulletin boards) where you can stick ideas you find online. The easiest way to pin is to add a shorcut to your toolbar following the instructions here. Then all the stuff you like is in one convenient, organized, neat-looking place. It’s  like a visual representation of bookmark folders in your internet browser. Here’s a screenshot of my recipe board, where I’m keeping all the recipes I’ve meal-planned for this week. It’s so much more fun SEEING the food than just reading about the food that I am actually more inspired to cook:

The second stage of Pinterest is following other people and their boards, so you can find inspiration right there on your homepage. You can follow all of someone’s boards or just one or two, based on what you’re interested in seeing in your feed. When you click on something that’s been pinned it takes you back to the original website, where you can get the info you need to make/cook/buy/try/read about the thing that was pinned.

This is what mine looks like right now:

Food, tutorials, fashion, all in one place. And here’s another shot, if I scroll down my page a little:

Home decor, a playhouse, tutorials, crafts, more recipes, things to buy…really, there are PLENTY of things to look at on a minute by minute basis.

Have I convinced you to sign up yet? Or do you have an account you’ve been neglecting because you just didn’t really “get it” yet? Here’s some Do’s and Don’ts to help you understand how to get the most out of your boards:

Pinterest DO’s:

– DO follow lots of people. The more people you follow the more stuff shows up on your homepage.
– DO follow people you don’t know. I promise it’s not creepy or stalkerish, so if you find a board that you’re in love with always add them!
– DO repin when you love something.
– DO use the search option to find more of what you want. I searched “polka dots” every day for a week to find inspiration for Little Evan’s birthday.
– DO check in often. Your friends will go on pinning sprees and looking at several days worth of stuff at once means you might miss something.
– DO unsubscribe from a board before a person. Maybe you love your friend’s sense of style but you don’t like pictures of babies or celebrities or quilts. Keep following their fashion board but unfollow the board you don’t like.
– DO use Pinterest to keep track of stuff you find in magazines. I do this a lot with recipes – if there’s an online version it’s so much easier to pin it than hold onto ripped out pages.
– DO check out the “staff favorites” boards and the ones Pinterest suggests you might like. It’s about expanding places you find inspiration, not looking at stuff you’d see on your friend’s blog anyways.
– But DO pin stuff from your friend’s blogs when you love it. I’m not going to lie, being pinned feels nice.
DO be my friend on Pinterest!

Pinterest DON’TS:

– DON’T just repin stuff from other people’s boards. Add new content to the Pinterest community when you find it online, whether it’s from blogs, shops, websites, or friends.
– DON’T pin stuff to multiple boards. Pick the category it fits best and pin it just once.
– DON’T forget to label your pins with helpful tags and explanations, especially when pinning recipes. “Yum!” isn’t as helpful as “strawberry shortcake cupcakes”. For stuff from shops, adding prices is nice.
– DON’T just pin stuff from your blog. You can pin your own some sparingly, but follow the social media 80/20 rule: Promote other people 80% of the time and yourself 20% of the time.
– DON’T think Pinterest is just for bloggers. You don’t need anything besides an email to sign up and you don’t need online friends.
– DON’T post EVERYTHING you pin to Facebook or Twitter. I accidentally put my pins in my Facebook feed and was super annoying for a few hours before I noticed.
– DON’T forget that just because a picture is on Pinterest doesn’t mean it’s not subject to copyright. You cannot just take and use them on your blog without checking with the owner.

Seeing all the things I want to cook/make/buy all at once makes my life so much easier and more organized. I can actually re-find stuff I saw on the internet and thought “oh, I should do that!” Now I CAN do that. I’m also slightly addicted to checking what’s been pinned from my own blog. It’s reaching an unhealthy no-there’s-nothing-for-dinner-can’t-you-see-I’m-busy-looking-at-recipes-on-pinterest-WHAT-DO-YOU-MEAN-THAT’S-SUPER-IRONIC??? levels of time consumption, but I don’t even care. I love it.

Are you going to sign up now? Are you addicted yet? Do you have any suggestions for ways to make the most of Pinterest?

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24 Responses to “Have you heard about Pinterest?”

  1. TMae says:

    First Words With Friends and now Pinterest…I’m NEVER GOING TO LEAVE MY HOUSE AGAIN.

  2. Sarah-Anne says:

    pinterest, i heart thee. now all i need to go is make more hrs in the day so I can actually use you…

  3. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for giving me an invite & warning me that I would be spending way to much time there!

  4. Brigid Keely says:

    I mostly use it for craft ideas and inspiration for redoing my house. I’m glad you like it! Using it for recipes/food ideas is really great!

  5. Jodi says:

    HI! Just found your blog through 30 handmade days. I am also a Pinterest addict and love it so much! Loved your post :)

  6. Jess says:

    I’ve been talking about pintrest since forever – and it is waaaaay Rad…especially when you follow a lot of blogs (saw this on 30days). I like to pin because I can always go back and look at it after The Kid is in bed. Follow me too: http://pinterest.com/oneradmother

  7. Erin says:

    Ahhhhhhh!! I totally signed up after your blog and tweets on this! And now I’m on a waitlist! The suspense is killin’ me :)

  8. cakeburnette says:

    AAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!! How long does one have to wait to get on here? Do I need to be “invited” by someone who is already on there? Can you invite me?

  9. cakeburnette says:

    It is OFFICIAL. You are my FAVORITEST BLOGGER EVER. :)

  10. Nicole says:

    Dammit, woman. I have a thesis to write.

  11. I have been describing Pinterest as life-changing for months it seems! Oh how I heart it! I will come follow your boards :)

  12. Pam says:

    YES I am addicted and also following some of your boards now ;)

  13. Melissa says:

    I love pinterest, too! I avoided it for ages, but I’m so glad I’ve joined now. I’m almost wishing I had done it sooner.

    Can I add one more DO to your list?

    DO pin from the actual source – if it’s a photo or tutorial on a blog, don’t just pin from the main page, otherwise when new content comes in, the tute or post might not be there. CLICK THROUGH to the original post & THEN pin. I’ve found some really cool things pinned by friends, but when I went to the source, it wasn’t there because they pinned to the main page, not the original post.

  14. Shelley says:

    Ok you got me interested in this. But it has put me on a waiting list, do I need to get an official invite or how does it work? Looks like a lot of fun!

    p.s. I am a lurker from Australia. But I love your blog. I have a ranga baby too :)

  15. Lamb says:

    I wish I’d heeded your warning. This looks completely awesome and I have nothing else to do this weekend. I’m doomed!

  16. Leah says:

    Ok, fine. You have broken me. I will now submit to the awesomeness that is Pintrest.

  17. Jeana says:

    I’m anxious to get started too but need an Invite, would you please? I’m the first but know my friends are going to love it! Thanks!

  18. [...] by bebehblog on January 10, 2012 TweetHave you heard? Pinterest is the new front-page search result on Google. Get your cute Valentine’s Day wreath repinned by the right taste maker and you can have a viral craft hit on your hands. And if you’re shaking your head right now saying “Pinterest whaaaa?” check out my post explaining the basics. [...]

  19. Alisha says:

    LOVE your Do’s and Don’ts!! Your blog is pretty high on the LOVE list as well…
    Alisha recently posted… Meal Plan 2/1—2/7 The Mighty Potato

  20. Suzanne says:

    I do love me some Pinterest! This is a great post — very informative and funny, in true Suzanne style. I’m talking about you, not me. :)

    I’m curious to see what’s pinned from my blog, if anything — how did you do that? I can’t figure it out.

    xo!
    Suzanne recently posted… 17 pounds

  21. Dannie says:

    A friend of mine wants to have a pinterest account but she does NOT have a facebook or twitter account. Is there a way for her to sign up anyway? Please let me know! We’re dying to get her pinned on pinterest!

    • bebehblog says:

      It USED to be all you needed was an email – if you log into your account you can invite friends through the button on the upper right hand corner. If you – or she – needs an invite just let me know and I’ll send you one!

  22. Natasha Gopinko says:

    Pinterest is the most happening thing currently in the social network market and is also attracting lot of new people. To be honest I learned something new in this post even if its my first time to know.

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