Why I Love Pinterest (And Why You Should, too!)

A few weeks ago, I joined Pinterest.  I know it’s been around for a while, and lots of savvy folks are already pinning away.

If you don’t know what it is, Pinterest “… lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes”.

It’s a visual paradise of pretty things, helpful tips, DIY projects, funny quotes and recipes, recipes and more recipes.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Virgo, and Virgos typically like to have choices, explore and bring very specific things into their lives.  But I am really loving Pinterest, not only for my personal fancies, but also for blogging.  Here’s why:

1. Inspiration

At times, things can become complacent in your own little world with your daily routines.  In the world of Pinterest, just clicking through the pictures and links stimulates your mind and makes you think, “Yeah, I want to make/do that!”  There’s nothing like a visual collage of pretty things to get your own gears turning and inspiring you to create.

2. Connecting

I would guess there are millions of users on Pinterest.  That’s a whole lot of people to share with, and to see what they find interesting or worth sharing.  You can follow people with similar interests, and even people you already know through Facebook or Twitter.

3. The Viral Quality

Pins (and therefore, links) are shared on Pinterest through people “re-pinning” a post.  As you can imagine, great pins spread like wildfire!

For bloggers, this is a great place to share your own creations.  Pinterest advises that you not use it purely as a tool for self-promotion, but you can post your own creations and blog photos as long as you are engaging with the community in other ways.  For example, I have one board for A Big Mouthful, but I have many other boards such as others’ recipes I want to cook, products I want to buy or receive as gifts, and home design inspiration.

My top visited post on A Big Mouthful is from my Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes that somebody pinned a while back.  It is now my top source of visits to this site.  I am thankful for all of the new visitors it has brought me that might not otherwise find my site.  Talk about viral!

4. Organization

I’m sure you’ve heard of creating inspiration boards and hanging them in your home or office.  That is lovely if you have the time and the gumption to do so.  Pinterest is a great tool for organizing all of your inspiration for decorating your house, or for what to make for dinner the next couple days.  All you have to do is create the categories, and then pin away!

For example, I keep all of the things I want to make as gifts or for home projects here.  With one click, I can recall everything I made a note of to make.

5. Dreaming

Of course I can’t buy every gorgeous dress, look like a supermodel, travel to Paris, Greece and Italy this year or own every cute dog I see.  But I can want to.  And I can think about it.  And I can look at lovely photos of it.  No harm in that.

I mean, if this doesn’t make you want to travel to Bora Bora someday, then you might want to get your head evaluated.  Lovely.

So get pinning!  Right now it’s invite only.  So if you want an invite, leave me a comment and I’ll send you one!

Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 8

8 Comments

  1. Posted October 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

    This is the second Pinterest post I’ve seen today alone. Thanks for getting me hooked on it. Definitely sucks you in but it’s fun.

  2. Posted October 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM | Permalink

    The Orzo salad is how I found your blog! Finding new blogs is actually one of my favorite things about Pinterest.

  3. Christa Carrell
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    Made your salad it was so delish! Found it on Pintrest, yummy.

  4. Posted October 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM | Permalink

    Christa and Amy, so glad you found my blog through Pinterest! Thanks for checking it out.

  5. Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

    Ha, I pinned your lemon orzo salad too! (found on Foodgawker with the search term “vegan”) and that’s how I got here!

    I love pinterest! Here’s mine: http://pinterest.com/lillianjuliad/

  6. Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

    That is awesome! Thanks for reading!

  7. Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    I’ve become such a Pinterest Junkie. As a fellow Virgo, I’m always in search of the next best way to organize. In fact, I’m in the process of moving years of bookmarked “recipes to make” into individual boards. It’s a great way of sharing recipes I find inspiring with others, even if I in fact never make them. I also have a board specific for just my personal recipe creations, which helps me keep track of ’em visually. Anyways, love your thoughts on it all… I do believe we think alike!

  8. Karen
    Posted February 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    My daughter-in -law showed me and I would like to try it out. I am not too computer savvy though.

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