It may come as no secret that I love Pinterest! I've been using it for years, and I can't imagine my life without it. At first, it was just an idle curiosity. What was this new site all about? How could it benefit me? Later, I dove deeper into all things Pinteresting, becoming an addict almost. Now as a full time Pinterest manager, I can't imagine a world without Pinterest.
Here are the 9 reasons why you will always find me happy about Pinterest.
If you are new to the platform, I suggest reading: Your Quick Start Guide to Pinterest for Small Business. Even if you're not going to be using the platform for business purposes, that article will help you get the basic idea of how you can use Pinterest for yourself.
I have been using Pinterest since the beginning of 2010.
I have been using Pinterest since the beginning. Well, it may have been a month or two before I was invited. Yes, invited! Back then, you needed an invite to get on board. Once I discovered the new concept of Pinterest, I couldn't help but fall in love with the design. I love the way it helps me keep track of things that inspire me. I also love the way it helps me connect with other people who have similar interests.
I find that Pinterest is a great way to stay organized. I can keep track of all of the things that I want to do, and I can easily find them again when I need to. I also love that I can share my boards with other people. This way, they can see what I am interested in and we can connect on a deeper level.
Pinterest is also a great way to find new ideas. If I see something that I like, I can save it to my board and come back to it later. I can also follow other people's boards so that I can see what they are pinning. This is a great way to get new ideas and to find new things to try.
Overall, Pinterest is a great platform that helps me stay organized, connected, and inspired.
In the beginning, I found Pinterest confusing.
In the beginning, I found Pinterest confusing. I wasn't sure how to use it or what I could use it for. However, once I started exploring, I quickly realized that Pinterest is an incredibly useful platform. What struck me was that I no longer needed to bookmark everything using my browser. That was a real a-ha moment for me.
Pinterest didn't have clear instructions when they first started. The idea of pop up instructional bubbles wasn't a thing yet. So, learning how to use it was a bit of a learning curve.
The site also wasn't as populated with new content as it is now, and it took awhile to figure out how to add outside content. As it was a newer platform, not many sites had the "pin it now" button. Even now, people are still just beginning to understand the value of adding that to their pages.
Using Pinterest opened the world to me.
Before I started using Pinterest, I didn't really know what I was missing out on. But once I started using it, I realized that there was a whole world of possibilities, especially after my a-ha moment. Soon I was pinning all the things. There were many a late night 'wasted', I like to think I was idly learning.
With Pinterest, I was able to explore new hobbies, learn new recipes, and find new fashion inspiration. I was soon pinning everything under the sun.
It's like a never-ending source of inspiration and knowledge. And every day, I find something new that makes me happy.
How I Evolved on Pinterest While Homeschooling.
When I was first considering homeschooling my kids, it was a natural progression to use it to help me with lesson plans. I was looking for ideas on how to set up a homeschool room and to find curriculum to purchase. I found so many great ideas for lesson planning, curriculum buying, free worksheets, and more.
I continued to use Pinterest as my kids grew and our homeschool evolved. I even started a rudimentary blog and used my personal page (a no-no now) to advertise for it. I found new ways to organize our homeschool space and curriculum. I also found new activities and resources that we used in our homeschool.
As the homeschool association leader in my community, I used Pinterest to source valuable ideas for the group and meet others who homeschooled. Incidentally, some of those wonderful families are still growing their pages to this day!
Pinterest has been a great resource for me as a homeschooling mom. It helped me to evolve in my homeschooling journey and always find new ideas during the course of our studies. Sadly, I am done with our homeschooling journey now. Kids have a funny way of growing up.
But Pinterest has given me so many wonderful memories and the ability to look back on them and potentially use them later with the next generation. Furthermore, I have used that experience to help me work with clients in the homeschool niche now.
Collecting Ideas for the Home is Easy.
I love collecting ideas for my home on Pinterest. It is so much fun to browse through all of the different ideas and see what people have done with their homes. I can find inspiration for every room in my house, from the living room to the kitchen to the bathroom. I can even find ideas for outdoor spaces, like gardens and decks.
Collecting ideas on Pinterest is also a great way to get some peace of mind. If I am ever feeling stressed about my home, I can just go onto Pinterest and look at all of the beautiful homes and rooms that people have created. It always makes me feel better and more inspired to work on my own home.
So if you're ever feeling down about your home, or just need some inspiration, be sure to check out your style on Pinterest. You will always find me happy there, collecting ideas for my next project!
Finding New Blogs to Read is Simpler.
Finding new blogs to read is simpler: In the past, I would have to go through Google and search for hours on end just to find a couple of new blogs that I might be interested in reading. With Pinterest, I can simply type in a topic that I'm interested in and a plethora of blog results will pop up. This makes finding new content to read a breeze and has definitely helped me expand my reading list.
If you want to know how you can use Pinterest for your blog, read: How to Increase Your Blog Readership Through Pinterest Clickthroughs.
Networking With Pinterest.
If you've been on Pinterest, you know you can follow accounts you like. Did you know following isn't the only way to connect? You can comment on pins that inspire you or recipes you test out. You can also message the owner of boards and profiles. It's a great way to find other people with similar interests.
Nowadays, Pinterest is actually asking people to use these features more. They want us to stay on the platform and find it as much of a social media site as a site for inspiration and ideas. So, if you are running a business on Pinterest, consider adding these steps into your account management. Leave a few comments on other pins and message people who may be interested in your boards. Invite others to a new group board for collaboration.
Don't stop at just pinning for yourself. Pinterest is designed to be interactive too!
Pinterest Visuals Makes Finding Material FAST!
The visuals on Pinterest make it easy and fast to find the material you need. You can quickly scan through images and find what you're looking for without having to read through a lot of text. This is especially helpful when you're looking for inspiration or ideas for a project.
The beauty of visually searching for what you need to inspire, make, or save is that our eyes work faster than reading. And as they say, seeing is believing. You don't just have to take someone at their word to know what something will look like. They have already posted what it looks like.
Pinterest boards are almost limitless.
Pinterest boards are almost limitless in the number you can have. In fact, you can have 2000 private and public boards. That's a whole lot of storage for ideas!
With so many boards you may think that you can add a whole lot of pins. You're not wrong. You can have up to 200,000 pins. I have been on Pinterest since 2010 and only have somewhere around 30,000 pins so I think it's safe to say you have years of pinning before you run out of space.
Shopping made simpler with Pinterest.
Shopping is one of the simplest things you can do on Pinterest. You can either search for specific items that you want to buy, or you can browse through the different pins and boards to find inspiration for what you might want to buy. Businesses are able to upload their catalogs directly now, making it easier than ever to find shoppable items.
Moreover, Pinterest has added a shopping save-for-later button. I have to now scrape two of my boards where I was saving my pins for shopping-but I don't mind having pins that are easier to shop for later. It is going to make Christmas a whole lot easier and give me more time to dawdle on my Christmas decor boards.
Personally, I like to find my items for purchase and then go to Google for reviews. It's easier to navigate through the products this way and takes less time.
So there you have it. Nine reasons why I won't be leaving Pinterest anytime soon. Not least of which is that it's how I earn my bread and butter. In fact, the other day I was discussing post-secondary education with my daughter and, lo and behold, 8–9 years back, I recalled starting a board all about scholarships that were available as well as grants. I popped back on my board and several, if not 80%, of those saved pins were still viable options for her.
If you're still struggling to understand the purpose of Pinterest or how it can directly help you, let's chat!
For more on Pinterest best practices, pinning strategy, and business, be sure to follow along with Blogatcha! Written by Pinterest manager and mom, Amber Flinn. My goal is to help educate those interested in Pinterest, small business, entrepreneurship, and social media. I welcome guest submissions, so if you think you have a great idea for an article, please reach out!