Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pinteresting Friends

So some of you may remember that I did a post about Twitter and then a post about Pinterest and my extensive research (sitting on my sofa with a cold beverage rambling inanely about things that confuse me to people who are nice enough to read it) shows that the Twitter and Pinterest enthusiasts really know what they are doing whereas those of us who do NOT know what we are doing...REALLY do NOT know what we are doing!

That said, I have several friends who tried to get me on both venues for the longest time. Now that I have obliged, two of them want me to actually KNOW what I am doing--at least on Pinterest! This brings me to my FIRST GUEST POST and my FIRST GIVEAWAY! Having a guest post and a giveaway on my blog makes me feel so very important--like people actually give a rat's @25 what I have to say. Even if they don't--THIS makes me feel like they DO!

Kate Jones is a talented  and REAL Ohio Housewife (nevermind DC and Beverly Hills--Ohio is where THIS housewife likes to roll...) and is the mind behind Katie J. Designs (check out her headbands and American Girl Doll clothes) and Sweet Mia's Desserts. if you haven't "liked" her pages or followed her blogs, please do so...NOW.
Okay...did you? DID YOU?! There is always one slacker who makes the rest of the class wait. Usually it's me.

NOW...if you didn't do it yet, please be sure to when you are done reading this. It will make us all so very happy and you won't be disappointed! Some of the desserts that she displays look so delectable, it's almost enough just to LOOK at them! And I ONLY have to look at them for them to attach to my hips...but that is a story for ANOTHER day.
Well, Kate was kind enough to send me a copy of her blog post about Pinterest in hopes that it would help those of us who are Pinterest...impaired.  We hope that you find her advice helpful while you practice with Pinterest and wait for next week's giveaway...(more about the giveaway after this message from Kate)

Pinterest – The Basics

Ah, Pinterest.  I am sure you have all been hearing about this amazing pinning site in the last few months.  I am here to give you the lowdown (as I see it, anyways.)  I joined/was invited to Pinterest six months ago, so I have had time to learn my way around the site and really see the benefits of it.  I have seen a major jump in users in the last month.  Wowzers!  Invitations were flying! I love that I can connect with friends by sharing all the things we find interesting. I have learned a lot about people just by looking at their pins. It’s like a glimpse inside their minds.
What is Pinterest? Wikipedia defines it as a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website.  I don’t think that begins to cover it.  While it photo-based, it is much more than just photo-sharing.  It is sharing inspiration be it fashion, food, crafts, or funnies.  Each photo, or pin,  represents a link to a website page where I can find these inspirations. Each pin is stored on a themed board.  It is a “corkboard” full of ideas that are all about me.  My recipes, my sewing patterns, my home decorating ideas – all in one convenient spot, organized onto my boards.

This is a screenshot of all of my boards. If I click on a board, it will show me all of the pins that reside within.

I chose my Pink! board as an example. You really can make a board for anything! You can see each pin on that board.

Finally, here is a pin on the Pink! board. The blue circle shows the website origin of the image. The green circle is the re-pin button. Use this to add the image to your board.
Why Pinterest?  If you are anything like me, you have a zillion bookmarks on your computer for everything from recipes, home decorating ideas, crafting/sewing tutorials, and more. How many times have you forgotten what you bookmarked or had to open them all just to find what you were looking for?  I was constantly forgetting which recipe I wanted and would spend way too much time opening bookmark after bookmark trying to figure it out. Or worse, I would forget to bookmark a recipe I liked and have to search forever online to find it again.  Pinterest offers you a neat, organized way of keeping all of these bookmarks, and missed bookmarks, in one spot.  And it includes a photo, so you always know exactly what the pin is and you are reminded of all the great pins you may have forgotten about.
Another benefit is self-promotion.  Have a website that you’d like to get noticed?  Pin it!  This is great way to show off your website and bring in traffic.  Especially good for newbies, like me. :)   Don’t be shy.  It is a terrific marketing tool and we all do it.
Need more convincing?  How about this. My kitty dumped a glass of water onto my laptop.  Needless to say, the laptop did not survive. No worries, the cat is fine.   Now I am left with a ton of lost bookmarks!  So many recipes and free sewing pattern links, just gone.  I was very happy that I had taken the time to pin my favorite ones.  They were still there all safe and snug on my boards.
How do I join?  To join Pinterest, you need an e-mail invitation.  You can request one from the site or Facebook fan page, but if you know someone who is using it already, it will be quicker to have them send you the invitation.  Once you get the e-mail, follow the directions to get your account set-up.  You will get a set of pre-determined boards when you sign on.  Feel free to change them, delete them, and/or add your own.  They are there just to help you get inspired.  You will also need to add the “Pin it” button to your internet toolbar.   You will use this often, so don’t skip it.  More details on how to use it below.  So you have your account, your button , and your boards.  Now what?
How and what do I pin?  There are three ways to pin.  You can use the “Pin it” button to pin something you found on the internet or you can re-pin an image you found on Pinterest.  If you have some favorite bookmarks, go ahead and start with those.  When you find, say, a recipe, that you want to save, click on the “Pin it” button and you will get a page that shows you the images available for pinning.  Pick the one you like and a “Pin this” button will hover over the picture.  Click that and a small pop-up window will give you the option to choose which of your boards you want this to go on and a section for a description.  Don’t skip the description!  A simple phrase is sufficient.  More on that later. Click “Save” and done!  The third option is to upload a photo from your computer.  This will not have a link attached.  I have yet to see the benefit of this, but it may hit me one day.

If you look closely, I have circled the "Pin it" button in red.
Sorry.  The images are smaller than I wanted, but hopefully you can see what I am talking about.  I hope this has been helpful.  I will be talking more about Pinterest over the next week or so.   There is so much I want to tell you all!!  Up next, etiquette rules and pet peeves.  Have some rules or peeves you think I might need to know?  Post them below.
 Thanks, Kate for taking the time to put that together for us! We will check out your blog for more tips throughout the week! (RIGHT, CLASS?!)
Now, I did mention a giveaway--I'm not sure WHY I mentioned it TODAY because we are going to do it next week--I am just so excited! I want everyone to mentally prepare for the fact that this is REALLY going to happen! Not the promise of one day having shirts that say "JustanothertiredmommyFanOfTheWeek" on them, but an actual ITEM that you can have seconds after you win it! And I am told we will have a RAFFLECOPTER. I seriously thought that only important people got to use RAFFLECOPTER. I am hitting the big time! Okay, so MY FRIENDS are dragging me up is really what is happening, but I am not above riding on ANYONE'S coattails! Especially MY friends--they rock. You are one of them, you should know. Seriously, if you are taking the time to read my blog, you are my friend. No takesies backsies--sorry! week...focus...
Next week Melissa Bolton of DesignHer Brands and Adored Before fame will be joining my blog for a Pinteresting Giveaway...
If you haven't had the chance to check out Melissa's sites, there's no better time than NOW (or later if you really don't have time--just make sure that you do--there won't be a test. Yet.


  1. Pinterest is my crack - I think about it all the time, I do it all the time and I want to do it more. I need an intervention.

    1. BAHAHAHAHA! Well, you won't get an intervention MAY get a fix...I am SUCH an enabler!

  2. Luckily I'm not overly addicted to Pinterest, probably because I am craft inept and a lousy cook. Think I'll stick with my addictions to Twitter and Oreos.

    1. HA! Well, from what I hear (I have not APPLIED any knowledge yet), it is a fantastic tool for bloggers. Though I am certain that it does NOT even come CLOSE to Oreos...

  3. I've gotta say that I lurve me some Pinterest. Especially for activities for Parker.

    1. That is what I hear...I need to get moving on this!

  4. Pinterest is like an online inspiratin board for me, to make collages... i've never got the hang of the real life ones, but online it works great! ^^


    1. I will let you know when (if?) I am successful!


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