Pinterest "Pin of the Week:" Pinterest 101
A "how to" guide for Pinterest
We've been trying the Pinterest "Pin of the Week, " for about a month now, and we've featured some cool projects and ideas. However, I've gotten a lot of emails and posts asking more questions about Pinterest. Well, to all of you who have not discovered the exciting and inspiring world of Pinterest yet, maybe now's the time.
So, before we get too intense about staple-gunning everything in your entire home, and turning simple objects into a giant “pinspirations,” we need to get through the basics…
One of the most common questions (believe it or not) that I've gotten is, “What is this Pinterest?” Well, if you haven’t discovered this ultimate online time-killer just yet, then I suggest you take a peek!
In the past, you had to be “invited” by a friend in order to join, but now it’s free-for-all – so, because you've literally got nothing to lose, I suggest you make an account right away and just start poking around. The only way to learn is to try it, right?
For those of you who need a little more information about Pinterest before you log on or download the app (which I definitely recommend); here is a link to the Pinterest “about” section. It’s a lot more simple than they make it sound, but maybe this will help you organize your thoughts a little better! It’s Pinning one-oh-one!
Now, in my mind this is how I view Pinterest (and hopefully this helps, rather than confuse you more):
Pinterest.com is like a file cabinet full drawers – the drawers hold pictures, recipes, ideas, crafts, etc. and you get to choose which ones you like the best and re-file those things into your OWN file cabinet of drawers. Your file cabinet would be your Pinterest profile, and your drawers would be your “boards,” which are just a way to organize all of the things you have gathered in the many hours you’ve spent “pinning.” I have a “GMI Pin of the Week” board, and a “Crafts” board, and a “Recipe” board. You can also “like” something, and that will send it directly to your “like” board, or you can “re-pin” something, which is, in essence, moving a copy of that pin from the GIANT file cabinet into your own file cabinet. Make sense?
Also – keep in mind that many of these amazing pins are original ideas. We should always give credit where credit is due. Please keep in mind to “pin politely” when enjoying! By the commandments of Pinterest: "Thou shalt be respectful, be yourself, give credit, and stay alert!"
Here’s another GREAT breakdown on how to “pin politely,” from “On the Dot Creations:”
Now, go get yourself started - and then we'll REALLY get started on some great "Pins" of the week! Once you get yourself cruisin', be sure to follow our "GMI Pin of the Week" board.