Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pinterest Love

Are you a visual person? Do you wish you could easily save all your inspiration photos and links in one place? Check out Pinterest! You can create collections (pinboards) about anything - photography, products, recipes, wedding ideas, you name it. Think of it like an Etsy treasury, only you can select things from anywhere on the internet. Here's a collection I'm working on right now, Christmas craft ideas:

 I've known about Pinterest for a long time now, but only joined recently. I don't know why, but when I heard people talk about it, I thought it was something completely different. I'm so mad at myself because this really would've simplified things! I have so many bookmarks (they're categorized but it's still overwhelming to see a giant list of text), plus a pictures folder called "Inspiration" with tons of subfolders (food, party planning, fashion, crafts, etc.). It's a lot easier to browse through the photos, but still not totally convenient when you have to select a category first, then scroll to see everything in the folder. And I've always hated that I can't go back to the website later if I want to, because I never remember where I got the picture. It'd be nice to add some kind of personal note too.

Pinterest eliminates all those problems. When you view your page, you will see an overview of all your pinboards, each made up of tiny thumbnails. When you pin something, it saves the original URL and also links back to the Pinterest member you got it from (if applicable). You can add a description too. Best of all, you can get even more ideas by browsing others' pins. You can view your friends', or search the whole site. My only complaints are that you can't rearrange your pins to be more aesthetically pleasing and that you can't make some boards private.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, join the fun! Follow me and I'll follow you back. Can't wait to see what you come up with.