I was stuck for a title for this post, the idea for which came to me after spending around 12 hours this past week re-organizing my Pinterest boards. Oh, dear. Well, I suppose there may be a few of you who are still unfamiliar with Pinterest, so let’s look at just what it is.
Wikipedia describes it this way:
“Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos and images) through collections known as pinboards. Pinterest acts as a personalized media platform. Users can browse the content of others on the main page. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the “Pin It” button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members. By doing so, the users “pin feed” displays unique, personalized results.”
That makes it perfectly clear, doesn’t it? I guess the best way to understand it is to go take a look at my boards. As always, clicking on the link will open it in a new window, so you won’t lose your place here.
A confession: I opened a Pinterest account nearly a year before I even figured out what it was. Once I started using it, I discovered it is almost as big a time-sink as StumbleUpon. Now I spend a lot of time each week adding to my collection. (Oh, the joys of being retired, combined with agoraphobia!)
Pepperplate bills itself as “Finally, Some Help In The Kitchen.” Not very informative, is it? But if I explain that it is a cloud-based database for storing all of your favorite recipes, and that you can access them, edit them, delete them, and add to them from your computer, smartphone, iPad, or Android tablet, does that help? Or if I tell you that I have over 2500 recipes there, and it is my “go-to” cookbook, might that interest you?
PINTEREST AND PEPPERPLATE
For me, the two programs are the perfect combination for finding and using new recipes. But lest you think that they’re only for food, I also use Pinterest for other things, such as discovering new knitting and crochet patterns, keeping in touch graphically with my daughter, and just generally learning new stuff every day. But it’s how I use it with Pepperplate is my topic for today.
Please don’t let the fact that I spent 12 hours reorganizing my boards and pins deter you from giving it a try. That’s one of the reasons for this post: to help you avoid some of the mistakes I made in the beginning, and to share what I’ve learned on my journey.
Because isn’t that what life is? A journey? (In case you forget, look at the title of my blog!)
I think the biggest mistake people make when first starting out with Pinterest is being too generalized when creating boards. I know this was my problem, and I’ve talked with a lot of other Pinterest users (we call ourselves “pinners”) who said they made the same mistake. For example, one of my first boards was “FOOD.” A nice, handy catch-all, yes? Well, to keep the board from being to unwieldy, I have since broken it down into many other categories: Asian Foods; Rice, Beans and Legumes; Indian Foods; Breads; and Spices, just to name a few. With almost 18,000 pins, I want to make them as easy to find as I can.
And even the Breads category is further subdivided into about 10 or 15 other categories.
So when setting up your initial boards, it helps to think narrowly. But don’t worry too much: if you don’t think narrowly enough, you can always go back later and create more boards. Which is what I spent those 12 hours doing. (Not to worry: I didn’t do it all in one sitting; even I’m not that masochistic!)
So go ahead and give them a try. They don’t cost anything (except time), and you just might find them as indispensable as so many of us do.