I'm Not Telling You How To Pin Your Life... Part 1

Friday, February 24, 2012
I've been pinning for almost a year now (go on... call me a pin-veteran) and I've found a few tricks of the pin. I want to share them with you in a series of posts, but I want to let you know that I am not telling you how to pin your life, just what has worked for me.

Part 1-- The Like Button 

Let's get pinning, shall we? One of my favorite loves of Pinterest is the "like" button. I am constantly using the "like" button on Pinterest when I am "browsing" Pinterest. I "like" something when I am just casually browsing Pinterest and I am too lazy to actually click on the link to see if it is in fact a true link to a tutorial, recipe, etc. I don't want to pin some fabulous recipe and then find out later when I want to make that recipe only to find out that it is a link to no where land and there is no recipe attached... talk about a Pinterest let down. 

Here is how to "like" something previously pinned on Pinterest... 

You can see in the above picture that I "liked" this Photoshop tutorial I saw pinned. I wasn't sure if this was a pin to somewhere or to internet no where land, because of this thought I didn't want to commit to pinning this to one of my boards, go to use it at a later date and then realize it was a link to no where. This is why I decided to "like" it because I wanted to essentially save it for later when I could further check up on this link. I do this a lot when using my Pinterest iPhone app. I like to browse Pinterest on my phone, but rarely re-pin anything from the iPhone app, because when I'm on my phone... I simply don't want to take the time to find out if the pin links to something I really find useful, inspiring, or worthy of a spot of one of my boards (I'm a bit protective of what I pin). 

Here in the above photo you can see the like button on the iPhone app. 

Now you're probably thinking what do you with all those "likes"? 
Every now and then I hit up my like page and check out those links I've "liked". 

Currently I have 93 likes (hey, I've been busy "liking" things). Let's go with the first "like" for example, "Secret Ingredient to a Great Blog (Blogging Advice) via Miss Mustard Seed". I click on the link, give it a glance, if it goes to a legitimate website and if I have time to read it I will. I will then re-pin it if I found the link useful enough to share or something I want to save for a later time. 

You're probably thinking I really don't care if my fashion/home decor or other inspiration pins go to a legitimate website or not and I agree with you on that point, because in a lot of ways Pinterest is about visual inspiration. I do however find it sad when I click on one of these pins to discover it linked to a Tumbler account with no credit given to the photographer of the photo or original source.

Once again I'm not telling you how to pin your life I'm just trying to share a few helpful tips I've learned from my experience on Pinterest.

Stay tuned for more helpful Pinterest tips to come. 


becky said...

I can't wait to read the entire series. Will you be selling your series on Amazon? haha....seriously I know the pinterest basics. I've hit LIKE a few times, but I never really knew what that meant. I thought it just maybe let the original pinner know we liked it. I'll have to go back to my account and find my LIKES.

BTW....they had a feature on PINTEREST on the nightly news....the Pentagon has a Pinterest Account.

ellie g said...

I love how you wrote this. Great tips and advice. I need to use like button way more often. Good call!

Amanda said...

I feel like a total dufus! I didn't even know there was a 'like page' I did wonder what happened to all the 'likes'! Learn something new everyday, thank you

Chrissy Farnan said...

Lauren, You might want t read this article on Pinterest. http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/

In a nutshell - we are responsible for every pin we pin and repin. We can be sued by the original owner of the image........ and the list goes on. None of us read the terms of use when registering........ Scary stuff.

Elizabeth, The Young Retiree said...

I love the like button for this exact reason! I try to be as responsible a pinner as possible and with the app it is just so hard sometimes- so liking just works. I'm super excited for future posts aout pinterest. I feel like the more popular it becomes the harder it is going to be to love it. There need to be tutorials (for lack of a better term) on how to be a responsible pinner!

Andrea @ Keepin it Thrifty said...

I'm the same way!!!!! I like to "like" a lot when im to lazy to actually "pin" it to a board! :)

Ellen Davenport said...

I totally do pinterest the same way.