Sunday, April 22, 2012
You’ve probably heard me talk about my love for Pinterest. No? Well, I love it.
As many of you have also discovered, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can “pin” posts/sites you’d like to visit again, share the ideas with others, and repin what your friends have pinned. Scratching your head? For example, if I see a recipe on a blog that I really want to try I used to either star the post in my Google Reader or add the link to my favorites or most likely just forget about it. But by using Pinterest I can easily find all of those posts again.
See below for an example of what my dashboard looks like (click to enlarge):
Pinning is a lot of fun (and can be quite addicting), but sometimes I forget to put the Pinterest inspiration to good use. In fact, one of my “Things to Do in 2012” is to make something that I've pinned on Pinterest. After hearing many others mention that they also would like to actually make the things that they pin, I thought I’d open the floor for a little Pinterest challenge.
Pin It and Do It: A Pinteresting Challenge
1. To participate you will choose your level and then make (or do) that amount of pins during May 2012. Challenge ends May 31st. (can be new pins or old pins...doesn't matter)
2. Report back on your Pin It and Do It success. Ideally this will come in the form of a blog or tumblr post. Or you can post about it on Facebook or Flickr if you don’t have a blog or tumblr. Or create a board on Pinterest for this challenge. If none of the above, report your success in the Wrap-Up Post comments.
3. Anyone is welcome to join. If you need an invite to Pinterest, let me know your email address and I’ll send an invite.
Timid Pinner: 1-3 Pins
Pinterested: 4-7 Pins
Pin Obsessed: 8+ Pins
Some Pinterest Etiquette and Courtesies:
--If you create a pin from a post, make sure you are pinning the true URL of the post and not the main website so folks can easily find the link again.
--When you create a pin, try to include the website in the description of the pin.
--Do not include the entire recipe or instructions in the pin description.
--If you embed a pinned picture on your own blog, make it clear that it is not your original picture--a link back to the original blog post is always appreciated.
And other little tidbits...this does not have to be a food or crafting challenge. Saw an interesting photography lesson? Click! An outfit you'd love to put together? Yup! Organizing idea for around the house? Go for it! A workout Regiment? Kick butt! Really this challenge is endless--you just need to tell us what you pinned and what you did. Make sure to note the original pin wherever you complete your wrapup (or if you do progress reports) to give the originator credit.
So, Are You Pin? Ok I mean In. And while the challenge doesn't officially start until May 1st, if you happen to be Pinspired before then, go for it! (ok, sorry...enough with the pinalogies...)
Grab the button and join the fun! I'd love if you helped me spread the word!
Happy Pinning and Creating,
A special thanks to my lovey for patiently wearing the oven mitt while holding the cupcake for the button picture.