One of the signature features of Pinterest is the ability to
create boards that are customized to fit all your pinning needs.
When you pin or repin something, you have the option to use the
standard boards provided by Pinterest or you can create your own
board. You can locate your own boards on your main profile page.
For an example, see my boards here or Chicago
Parent's site here.
When you first sign up for Pinterest, you'll have a basic set of
boards to work with. Typically, you'll find "Books Worth Reading,"
"Favorite Places & Spaces," "Products I Love," "My Style," and
a few others. Initially, these boards may suffice for your purposes
(I have kept the "My Style"pinboard title as is), but as you
progress through your pinning, you may find these titles to be too
generic. You may also find that too many pins fit under these
broader headings. If these headings do not work for you, you have
the option to edit those board names or create brand new ones.
Creating Boards with Purpose
In my everyday life, I am not the most organized person I know.
On Pinterest, however, I somehow manage to keep everything in its
place. I do this through effective use of boards. Throwing a
birthday party for your favorite kiddo? There's a board for that!
When pinning a new idea for that party, create a board and you can
edit it. When you edit the board, you'll have the option of adding
a title (Example: Jack's 1st Birthday), a description (what's this
board all about?), adding contributors (want friends to be able to
pin to this board for you also?), the category (help Pinterest
figure out where this board goes), or worst case scenario - delete
I have created boards for recipes (Food Deliciousness), for
birthday parties, for My Other Husband (just pictures of cute guys
in Hollywood), different boards for rooms in my house (with craft
projects, organization, colors, you name it), as well as different
holiday boards when I see fun ideas I'd like to try. The
possibilities are endless and the beauty of it is that it is
entirely up to you.
Keeping Boards (and Pins!)
As you begin to pin more and more ideas, you'll find that some
of your boards grow incredibly large. Recently, my sister-in-law
went through the painstaking process of taking her food board and
re-assigning the pins in it to more specified boards, like
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers, etc. I would encourage you
periodically to re-evaluate your larger boards and see if you can
split that board into smaller ones for ease of use. Pinterest is
useless if you never actually use the pins, especially if the only
reason is because you can't seem to find the recipe you just pinned
the other day.
The other suggestion I have is to comment on your own pins. By
doing this, you can alert yourself (and others) to tried and true
Pinterest ideas that actually work. Typically, when I comment on my
own pin, I add the date I tried it, any variations I made, and the
outcome. Finally, if a pin is a flop, DELETE it! No use keeping a
pin on your board if it provided you with no benefit.
In short, boards are the lifelines of Pinterest. They are what
keep your ideas and thoughts organized in a simple way for quick
access when you want to actually put your pins into action. Have
you created a specialized board? Tell us what your favorite is.
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