I've Been Bitten by the Pinning Bug

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charlemagne International Properties BRE# 01147470

I heard the buzz about Pinterest for several months before I asked for permission to enter another social media site.  After several people told me, "Norma, you will love it,"  I finally ventured into the world of pinning.  It is now the first thing I want to do in the morning and often the last things I do at night.

 

It is fun or is it work?  From my perspective it is both.  Who doesn't love beautiful pictures?  If those photos enrich my life with their beauty, sentiment or memories and send other pinners to my blog or web site--all the better.  I've always been a fan of multi-tasking.  My love houses takes many paths-- looking at them, decorating them and for the past twenty plus years, selling them.  I photograph houses, doors and windows when I travel.

 

Yes, a large part of my life revolves around real estate and I do enjoy my work.  However, I have other interests and passions I pursue with equal verve and joy.  Pinterest is an easy way to share with clients (and the world) what drives me.  It is also a journey into what motivates and moves me.  I pin what inspires me and what makes me smile.  I pin what makes me think, plan and strive to improve.  Pinning is a great way to find what matters to you and send daily focus in that direction.

 

Perhaps it is just a phase, but pinning is the newest addition to my daily social media calendar.  It is something I do for myself and by doing so I give others a glimpse into who I am, what I do, what I want to do, where I've been and where I still hope to go.  It doesn't get much more transparent than that.

 

Yes, this is an invitation to follow me on Pinterest!  Just click the button on the right side bar.

 

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Rainer
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J. Worley
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I recently read that the first lady had signed up for Pinterest. (About a month ago, I think.) That was the first I'd heard of it. This is the second time. I think it's time for me to take a look. Thanks for the post.

Jul 30, 2012 02:18 AM #11
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
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Very interesting.  I have had Pinterest on my mind (back burner) for awhile now.  Next time it rains I will snuggle up to my computer and dive in.

Jul 30, 2012 02:29 AM #12
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Tonya Jones
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Lithonia, GA
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Hi Norma, you have inspired me to check out Pinterest.  I will have to make some time to check it out.  Thanks for the info because I did not realize how it could benefit my business. 

Jul 30, 2012 02:41 AM #13
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Norma, Once we established our boards, we're finding Pinterest is much less time consuming than some of the other social media outlets.  And it's so easy to pin photos from our blog posts to provide a bread crumb trail back to our blog posts :)

Jul 30, 2012 02:53 AM #14
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Good for the First Lady!

Jul 30, 2012 03:14 AM #15
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Chris and Dick - I was a reluctant pinner-until I started.  I find it a wonderful to meld life and work--more life than work.

Jul 30, 2012 03:17 AM #16
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Tonya - It another trickle and it's free!

Jul 30, 2012 03:18 AM #17
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Liz and Bill - Exactly!

Jul 30, 2012 03:19 AM #18
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Leslie Prest
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Pinterest is definately addictive. I spend far too much time on it.

Jul 30, 2012 03:32 AM #19
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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I rarely go to Pinterest.  It is a huge time suck.  But, oh, so fun!

Jul 30, 2012 03:59 AM #20
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Debbie Gartner
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Hi Norma. I love Pinterest too and it's already been helping my biz.  I recently started following you and repinned several of your picts.  I love some of them.

Jul 30, 2012 04:53 AM #21
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Norma...I love it too but have to confess, haven't used it enough.
Jul 30, 2012 05:35 AM #22
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Rebecca Flansburg
LAMS Communications Virtual Assistant Services - Baxter, MN

I love Pinterest as well. It is not in the "Big 3" for referral traffic:

1. Facebook

2. Twitter

3. Pinterest

That is hard to ignore! If done correctly, Pinterest can be a great way to brand yourself and drive traffic to your website or listings.

Jul 30, 2012 05:39 AM #23
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
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Hi Norma, good for you! The important thing is that you are enjoying it for yourself, not because you have to do it!

Jul 30, 2012 06:06 AM #24
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Lynn Pineda
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Hi Norma, you can lump me in with the others who love Pinterest as I really do love it! And just today, I was commenting that "Pins" have now showed up in my Google Alerts that I have set up - so that's great news! I'm going to go and check out your boards now!

Jul 30, 2012 07:23 AM #25
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Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
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Norma  ~  I have lots of fun watching and re-pinning your pins!  it is a great way to show a wonderful feature of a home for sale. Pin a photo of a backyard, a fountain, the stairweel, the front door, cool windows  and then link back to your blog on the house.  It's fun and a great way to engage with people from all over the world!

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Jul 30, 2012 07:56 AM #26
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Gloria Commiso
Keller Williams - Hermosa Beach, CA
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i was bitten recently too. My daughter turned me on to it....i love the visuals and places you can go if only on your board

Jul 30, 2012 01:49 PM #27
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Elayne Forgie
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I'm addicted. I admit it. It's a time-eater too :-(

 

Jul 30, 2012 11:21 PM #28
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Hope there is a cure. (Smile)

Jul 30, 2012 11:35 PM #29
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Kathy Stoltman
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Thanks for the information on Pinterest, it is a great forum for sure.

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