Three months ago I had no idea what Pinterest was. Now, I’m totally hooked. In case you don’t know what Pinterest is, let me tell you about it (warning: Pinterest can be addictive!) Basically, Pinterest is an online pinning board (bulletin board, if you prefer the expression) that allows you to organize and share the things you love with others. It’s visual social media at it’s best.
I first started hearing the Pinterest buzz on Facebook and I was less than enthusiastic only because I need another social media outlet like I need a hole in the head. But so many of my friends were “pinning” I couldn’t ignore it any longer and I had to see what the fuss was about, so I went over and took a look at a few boards. That was all it took to suck me in.
The best part about Pinterst is that you don’t have to come up with anything witty to say. In fact, you don’t say anything at all. Your pictures do all the talking for you. I’ve spent hours this past holiday season, viewing boards full of holiday decorations (like this awesome wreath snowman), recipes, home improvement tips, jewelry, clothing, the list goes on.
Another best part about Pinterest? You make up your own categories. I have a Books I love board, and a writing advice board and a Best Blogs to follow board (guess which blog made that board?). I’ve gotten ideas for Christmas presents, like the awesome rubber gloves you see pictured here (yes, I gave away 4 pairs of these to friends and they SWEAR they have never loved washing dishes more!)
I’ve also gotten recommendations on books, movies, traveling tips, etc. You can follow other “pinners” and they can follow you. I also think it’s a great way to connect with other writers and fans and I plan to put my Pinterest link up next to my Twitter and Facebook link when my new website goes live at the end of the month.
If you Pinterest, please follow me and I’ll follow you. My boards are minimal compared to a lot of others, but I’m building them up and I love browsing through friend’s boards to see what they love. Here is my link: http://pinterest.com/mariageraci/