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.
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?