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Pinterest | Clean Up Your Boards Day!

April 16, 2012

How awesome is Pinterest? I freaking LOVE it. I think I started pinning projects last summer as BlogHer ’11 approached and I wanted to collect ideas on what to wear to my first blogging convention. Since then I’ve been guilty of going on a Pinterest binger (ooh…a “Pin-Binge”) and spent hours pinning everything from recipes, blog posts, furniture ideas, and holiday crafts. But, the time has come and we need to talk about how sloppy we’re becoming as a Pinterest population.

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We are getting sloppy, friends. We’re pinning and repinning and we’re not doing right by each other.

That’s right,we’re not doing right by each other.

You know what I’m talking about: You see something you like on Pinterest, and when you go to pin – ARGH! – the source is not direct. Maybe it’s a Google image of a project you would be interested in and there’s no link provided; just a lovely picture. Or an awesome pair of shoes you’d love to buy, but you have no idea where to find it. The pin’s original source is all out of whack!

Let’s talk about your boards, too. Are they organized? Can you remember where you stashed that How to Boil an Egg tutorial? Was it under Food or Recipes? Or how about that cool Mod Podge craft? Hmm…did you put in in Home Decorating Ideas or Crafts? There’s a whole bunch of chaos within your boards, isn’t there? I know there is in mine.

The pinning party is over.

On April 26th myself, Natalie from Crafting Crazy, and Ashley at It’s Fitting are dedicating the whole day to cleaning up our Pinterest boards. We’re going to take a day to reorganize, refresh, and yes we may even delete a few pins. We’re calling it Clean Up Your Pinterest Boards Day.

Want to join us? Here are the details:

On April 26th, devote as much time as you can to not pinning, but doing a digital clean up of your own Pinterest boards. If you plan to participate you can grab the button in my sidebar and post it in your own sidebar to help spread the word. We will also be using the hashtag #CUYPB2012 if you are a Twitter rockstar.

Where to Start:

  • Check Your Sources

Do your pins lead you to the correct place? Do they lead you ANYwhere?  If the link takes to you Google, or back to Pinterest, or if you get an error message…it is NOT pinned correctly.  You need to decide if it is a) worth your time to find the original source and update it or, b) delete it.

As a responsible pinner, every one of your pins should all lead to its original source.  It’s horribly unfair to the person who created the content you are re-pinning.  For more info on this practice, check out Link with Love.

If editing all of your boards seems overwhelming, consider just working on your biggest board. Then you could go back and work on smaller boards as time allows.

  • Update Your Descriptions; Make Your Pins More Searchable

I’m totally guilty of writing “So cute!” in a ton of pin descriptions.  But did you know that those pins are not searchable (and therefore not very useful).  This goes for “Love this” or “OMG!” too.

So, go back and edit those descriptions to read “Love this headboard for my bedroom” or “OMG, this leather purse is so adorable!”  Also, if the pin’s original source came from a blogger of any kind, consider adding the name of that blog to the description.  That blogger likely worked hard on whatever project you’ve pinned – or re-pinned – and it would be nice to give them the deserved credit.

  • Update Your Board Covers

This is the easiest part of the project!  Make it easy to visually distinguish the boards from each other. If you haven’t done it yet, read this.

  • Update Your Followers

Take a few minutes to take into account the people who are following you.  Go to your main board page and click on the number of your followers.   Is your aunt on there? Maybe you should follow her back. Your best friend from college? I bet she’d like you to show her some love, too. Take another few minutes and follow some new people.

When you’re done you will feel like you’ve completed a digital spring cleaning of your Pinterest boards. You can pat yourself on the back and then pin with more knowledge. Be sure to keep up your good pinning habits so that we can keep Pinterest a great place to be!

If you’re going to participate, please copy the code for the button in my right side bar (towards the top). You can add the button to your sidebar or post and help spread the word however you like – Facebook, Twitter or any other venue you choose, say Pinterest?

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Galit Breen April 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

Ooh, good idea, you!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 7:54 am

I can’t take the credit! Natalie from Crafting Crazy is the brain behind the project!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Am I following you on Pinterest? I’ll have to double check. Good thing that’s on my “to-do” list!

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Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

This is a god reminder to do right by others who we enjoy reading!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for stopping by Jennifer! Hope you’ll participate!

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Jeannine April 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

proud to say I am compulsive about my boards/ love the new cover options too
http://pinterest.com/xoj9/

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Yay! Now can I hire you to clean up my boards?

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Tisha | Biz Mommy April 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

Although I am not on Pinterest, I am a big fan of being neat and organized. Happy de-cluttering!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thanks!
And you should be in Pinterest!!

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Sharlene April 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

My boards are a mess. I support your cause!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Messy pinners unite! Thanks for the support and hope we can get you to participate on the 26th!

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Alexandra April 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for the tips! I’m just getting started on Pinterest, but being a designer I was fairly aware that that needed to be a rational organization of things. I definitely need to title my pins better though!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Innate organization. I wish I had that!!
I’ll look for you over there!

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Shelby Barone April 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Such a great idea! I have too many pins going on my boards for sure!!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Thanks Shel!
Hoping you’ll help spread the word!

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Julie (Ginger) April 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

That’s a great idea! I only started Pinterest a few weeks ago (finally!) and am still in that honeymoon, pin-like-crazy phase. I’ll have to take a break soon and organize!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Yes! Definitely don’t get too ahead of yourself. Then you’ll be like me and wonder where I stashed all those awesome pins!

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Nicole April 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Do I seriously have to follow my aunt and her doily covered mason jars? Really? REALLY DEWD?!

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

No, of course not!
I certainly DO NOT follow everyone I know. I follow what I like. End of story. Well, and maybe a few courtesy follows.

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The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful April 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I need you to come over with a vat of frangelica and do this with me. I’ll pop for a male stripper. It will be my husband Henry bc he’s affordable. Sound good? (or a little scary?)

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Wendy April 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hmm…interesting proposal. Do you have any photos of Henry on your site? I’ll get back to you! *wink*

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Maria Alamillo de Ramirez April 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Hoping to start pinning soon. I have not gotten to it. Yikes. But when I do, I am keeping to the advice provided.

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Caryn B April 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

Ooh! I love this idea. Can we do one for Gmail? LOL I actually am quite particular about what I pin and my boards are organized well so I really just need to make sure they are linked correclty : ) Thanks!

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Alexandra April 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

This is a great idea – to weed through, look for proper credits and most of all, ditch the dead links! It’s quality over quantity, totally.

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