I discovered Pinterest about a year ago. It was everything I love about the internet in one snappy package, easy to use and image based. My favourite internet pass time is finding and saving visually inspiring images which I plan on ‘using later’ which I appropriately sort and save into folders on my computer and then never see again (or only revisit years later when I do a huge computer clean up). Woe, those images, so beautiful, so wonderful, so awe inspiring, lost to my hard drive forever. So when I saw Pinterest for the first time I decided not to join, it looked the worst kind of addictive, worse than Facebook. I did do a bit of searching, a bit of scrolling, a bit of saving onto my aforementioned hard drive (ironically missing the point of Pinterest all together).
Fast forward to a month ago when I discovered how much of an internet presence is advisable if you want to make a name for yourself and sell online. So I joined. I spent days on there, making sure I had attractive board covers, descriptions, enough to look at to give a ‘feel’ all the stuff the millions of infographics I found advised.
The longer I spent on there the more time I wanted to spend on there. I had fallen down the rabbit hole, I was addicted. Whenever I realised this I would convince myself it was work, I wasn’t doing this to have fun, it was serious business!
The multitude of infographics and websites like this that I found tell you, amongst other things:
“Try to pin at least once a day so your followers get fresh content in their home feeds. You might also want to pin throughout the day instead of all at once.”
“A great way to get people pinning your stuff is to be an active pinner yourself. Follow other people’s boards and then repin, like, and comment on pins that inspire and relate to your shop.”
This seems to be the advice across the board (no pun intended) for all social media promotions. Keep active to stay in feeds, be active with others so people know who you are. Easy with something like Facebook (maybe because I’m so used to it and the novelty has worn off slightly?) but oh Pinterest how I have become obsessed with you, like I knew I would. I’ve never been so annoyed to be right.
At all points of the day I have a million tabs open in my browser, I have things ‘ready to pin’ (as an active pinner) and website’s I have plans to go through more thoroughly, when my tabs reduce and allow it (HA). ‘Being active and making connections with other pinners’ I have been finding a bit harder, mainly as I already dedicate too much time to Pinterest.. perhaps that will come later, when I am not so ‘pin happy’. In the mean time I have come to terms with it, all of it…
… My name is Imogen Wilson and i am a Pinterest-holic.