I was late to the game with Pinterest. I think it’s still in beta, or maybe invite only, but with many new networks if you aren’t there first you simply aren’t there. I’m not sure that’s true with Pinterest but my late arrival is not helpful.
When I started with Pinterest I followed my facebook friends. Since a large number of my facebook friends are mom bloggers there was a disproportionately large number of pinboards for food and for arts and crafts (pro tip: recipes and crafting how to’s are great for SEO).
I’m not super visual so the idea of a virtual pin board is less exciting to me than a spreadsheet. I can play with Excel for hours and be perfectly delighted. I can’t wield a glue gun for more than 15 minutes without dying of boredom.
Also, let me be the friend that tells you when you have salad in your teeth. The recipes? Not so good. I look at some of the boards and wonder if everyone in the house will drop dead and die of a heart attack before 40. The pictures of the food? Please bloggers I beg you… there are food stylists and food photographers for a reason. The food y’all are photographing is a little unpretty.
I’m slowly but surely figuring out how to use Pinterest without feeling like I’ve had a lobotomy. I know marketers love it. I know crafters love it. I know compulsive shoppers and eaters love Pinterest, but I’m trying to find a use for the rest of us.