If you haven't already started a journey on Pinterest, you really need to take the time to check it out. You can find recipes, funny sayings, gadgets, crafts and so much more! And everything comes with a picture. It is enticing and entertaining. And you have many ways to utilize this visual playground of information.
The premise is easy. You sign up, add a little information about yourself, then start creating your own personal "boards." For example, let's say you create a board called Food. (Because there is A LOT of food on Pinterest). That is pretty general. And you'll soon find that, as time goes on, you'll want to break Food into courses like breakfast, lunch or dinner, or maybe breads, desserts and appetizers. It is like setting up a bulletin board with categories. And as you find items that others have pinned, you can repin those to your bulletin board in the appropriate category. One word of advice here. If you are repinning, take the time to click through on the picture to make sure it goes to the recipe or whatever it implies it should be linked to. That way, you won't be pinning without having the sites to back up your efforts. Nothing is more frustrating than clicking on a cool pin, only to find you are taken to a spam site. As you are pinning, you may find some other folks out there that match your interests. Follow them. You can follow a board or two - or every board that someone else pins. And you will find that people are following you as well. Follow me - click on Pinterest to find me!
And you are not limited to repinning. You can take your own photos and create an original pin. Or you can find something online and pin from that website. It gives you the opportunity to share a wealth of information. All of this can be simply for fun. Or it can be a little fun and a little business. When you share your listings. Or your community amenities. Or local restaurants. Now you are becoming the local expert on Pinterest. Or you could have a board called Blogging. One more way to link back to your website. How about tips for home repair? Or home buying? Just think about what you'd like people to come back to again and again.
One last thing. The Secret Boards. Yes, there are secret boards you can create that no one can see unless you invite them. I have a friend that uses that to pin activities for her grandkids. That way, she has a few tricks up her sleeve that they don't know about before they come to visit her. Because, those kids are on Pinterest. They love it too!