How much do you know about Pinterest? Do you use it for your blog or even personally? In this post I’ll explain a little about what Pinterest is, and how we at The Adoption Social use it…
What is Pinterest?
For me Pinterest is like an enormous pinboard, stored online where I can ‘pin’ things I find on the internet; a little like using the Favourites section in your internet browser, but with pictures. I can set up different pinboards for different things so it’s kept organised, but it’s also viewable by people who follow me. And anyone can re-pin my pins.
I can also browse Pinterest by a keyword or subject area, and can look at the boards of people that I follow. When I see something I like, I can pin it to my own boards too.
All pins link back to the place they were originally pinned from, so when you click a pin, it’ll take you back to the original website.
Setting up an account
This is quite simple. You can sign up either with Facebook, or by email. If you’re setting up an account to go with your blog, then I’d suggest you use email rather than your public profile on Facebook.
Fill in the form, and hit ‘Sign Up’. It’s that simple.
You’ll be launched into a little tour of Pinterest. Once that’s finished you can begin using Pinterest. The first time you try to pin something, you’ll be asked to set up a board or two. Or you can do this first by clicking on your name in the top right corner, and clicking on Your Profile and Pins. You can have lots of boards or just a few.
How to pin things
As I mentioned above, there are two ways to pin. The easiest is to browse Pinterest and when you see something you want to add to your own board, hover over the image until you see the red ‘Pin It’ button. Click it and then select which of your boards to save to.
The other way to pin is through downloading the ‘Pin It’ button to your browser. This means that when you come across something you like – on ANY website, you can pin it to one of your boards. If you click on the cross beside your name, a dropdown box will appear, hover over The Pin It Button and you can click through to the downloads page. Follow the instructions to get this little icon to appear on your browser.
The Adoption Social on Pinterest
We use Pinterest to share all of the themed posts that link up to the Weekly Adoption Shout Out each week. We already share the majority of #WASO posts on Facebook and Twitter, but Pinterest enables us to share them with another audience, and to ensure that they are organised by theme. At the moment we have 35 boards and nearly 300 pins. But this grows with each themed #WASO week.
The Boy’s Behaviour and The Puffin Diaries on Pinterest
Yes, we both have personal/blog accounts on Pinterest too. I (Vicki) use it to pin activities for the children, recipes, Christmas, attachment and loads more, Sarah has boards with recipes, entertaining, style and even one for Puffins! So if you want some more ideas for pins – do follow us and pin anything from our boards.
If you have any questions about using Pinterest then do drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help.