How To Make Pinterest Your Slave! {guest post}

34b46-285797_10100330569013967_1354673_oHello, wonderful readers of Snippets of Inspiration! I am super excited to be hanging out with you today! My name is Ginny, and my blog, A Modern Commonplace Book, is my favorite place ramble on about my curiosities and favorite things. Before I started blogging, I thought my small attempts at homemaking qualified me to influence the world. Since then, I have realized that I know pretty much nothing:). Well, really I just rely on the same tips and tricks to get me through life – recipes, my faithful mascara, or my cardigan/pencil skirt “uniform”. All that to say, my blog is more of a compilation of tips that have saved my life. So, please come join me if you need a few time-savers!

I know you all know Pinterest – and if you are like me – you use it regularly daily. My first memory of Pinterest is of me, the laptop, and Pandora for hours engrossed in this thing that made my dreams come true. Anyway, my ideas today come from a lot of thought and study. I am convinced that Pinterest can be our slave – and do all our work for us. Yes, I am talking about blog marketing – but I am also talking about life. Here are some of my thoughts:

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Pinterest Boards (let them work for you)

I have about twenty million pins – and subsequently too many boards. In the moment, naming my board “My Cozy Place” seemed like a good idea, but now those pins just sit there, forgotten. Instead, my favorite boards are the ones that match one of my needs. I NEED to make a dinner with chicken, so I use my “Chicken” board. (I know, that’s so unpoetic!). I NEED to spend my 30 minutes wisely, I use my “30 Minute Projects” board. My favorite? My “Chocolate” board – because I am always looking for a new dessert! So, wouldn’t it be great if we grouped our pins according to how we will use them, not like them. Here are some ideas: Remodeling a house? Have “Bathroom”, “Entry”, and “Paint Color” boards. Struggle with meal planning? What about “Easy Dinners”, “No Bake Meals”, and “No Fancy Ingredients” boards? Pure fashionista? What about “Summer Basics”, “Fall Wishlist”, and “Favorite Splurges”? These are the boards I would remember the most!

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Follow, Follow, Follow

Let’s be honest. Too many posts on Bloglovin’ = overwhelming. Reading miles worth of feed on Facebook = overwhelming. Reading every tweet ever = overwhelming. Having more pins on Pinterest = INSPIRATION. It’s the easiest way to follow a blog and be inspired by their ideas, because everything gets stored and organized for you! This is the only social media I don’t feel overwhelmed by. Instead, it makes me just want to pin more. So, when I follow you on Facebook, there isn’t a guarantee that I will read everything you write. But, if I follow you on Pinterest, I will eventually come across all your ideas – and they will be there until I find them again! Moral of the story? If you can’t commit to following another blogger – follow them on Pinterest. Everyone will be happy!

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Community Boards are BRILLIANT

I just figured this out. I know, I am slow. Pinterest has Community Boards – or “Best Boards”. A board can have multiple contributors (by invite only) and there are super benefits. One, you will gain a follower every time someone follows the board on another contributor’s page. Two, this exponentially increases your number of re-pins. Three, other contributors will be sharing your pins on their sites. Not bad. I created a Community Board for bloggers called “Blog Community Most Repinned”. You can see what I wrote about it here and follow it here. To join, please follow the board and contact me for an invitation. Contact links are down below.


We all have Wishlists

> I have found that I pin things that are more dreams than reality. Do I really need that Michael Kors bag that is upwards of $299? This is the problem with Pinterest – it keeps reminding us what we don’t have. Instead, I think we need to face this beast head on and move those pins to their own “wishlist” boards. I love wishlists that serve different functions: all the neon running shoes I am researching / my future face wash dream products / statement necklace top picks. All of these could go in their own board. Read about a new nail polish on someone’s blog? Add it to the board. Now when you have $8 billed out for new OPI, you know where to look!

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So, I am prepping myself for a new blog design down the road. I know it’s coming, and the idea is super overwhelming. I love modern. I love vintage. I love black and white. How in the world will a blog designer know what I want? I have started a board called “New Blog Design, Please?” just for this purpose. (Secretly, I want a designer to fall in love with the board and contribute to the fund.) This board includes photo loves, fonts and blog inspirations. I will be prepared for whenever I get all fancy.

I hope this doesn’t overwhelm you can cause you to quit Pinterest. Instead, I hope you join me in making these social media time-wasters pay! Let the inspiration come! We are prepared to face it head on!

Thank you so much Danielle for this awesome opportunity!  I am so glad to be part of the Snippets of Inspiration family!

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  1. says

    Great tips! I have so many boards on Pinterest, and now Im probably going to go spend a couple hours re-organizing some and creating more boards…I blame you 😉 But in all good fun, I loved this post and it really makes sense!
    xx Sarah

    • Danielle Wells says

      Thanks for reading! Make sure you check out Ginny’s {guest poster} blog too! She’s got great ideas! :)

    • Danielle Wells says

      Pinterest is a great way to generate blog traffic! But like you I began with Pinterest solely for myself :)

  2. says

    This is fabulous information! I just followed Ginny and I am very glad I found you! I am just starting to use Pinterest more…this really explains the most important things you need to know!

  3. says

    You are so right! I love the way photos are there forever, with their provenance (I started pinning because there were photos of my driftwood headboard all over the internet and people obviously didn’t know where they were from. Hey ladies, it’s my bed!)

    It is the easiest way to collate all the things which interest you – Pin away and suddenly realise you have a theme, so create a new board. Also I now have an inside track on people who share my love of Japanese boro, so I’m collecting lovely images from them, and sharing my own. Pictures from my website are up there too, I can let people know where they came from and keep Rough Linen images under my watchful eye. I can even see what grabs people’s imagination – market research!

    Best of all, it is pleasurable. We Love Pinterest!
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