Steps to take Before you Pin

Pinterest has been a great source of inspiration to me. However, I’m increasingly disappointed in pinners and especially in librarian pinners. I’ve been writing this post for a month trying to get it just right….now is the time for RiskingFailure’s not-so-full-of-advice column:

My top Pinterest Peeves:

    1. A link that goes to an image from a google search, media cache, or seemingly nowhere.
    2. Links for a specific idea that are directed to a blog’s main page rather than a targeted post.
    3. Pins that leave the original comments in place and aren’t revised to reflect the current pinner’s experiences or plans.

      Bonus Peeve: Comments stating something similar to: “I’ll be glad I pinned this in the future!” These are most often from kid/baby pins and not library-related pins. I cringe every time I see it.

      To be a responsible pinner and to get the most out of Pinterest this is my Pinterest checklist.

      Check the Destination of every Pin before Clicking Repin.
      If the link goes where you expected then continue to pin. If the link goes awry and the content is worth pinning then search for it. You may have to seek out a different source and create a new pin. Sometimes I have to search through a blogger’s past posts to find the one that SHOULD be linked to the pin. Just because the pin is currently on the blogger’s main page when it is first pinned doesn’t mean it will still be there after the pin has spread faster than old-fashioned chain mail. If it’s worth pinning then it’s worth pinning right.

      Write an Original Comment for your Pin.
      Nothing is so frustrating as seeing a pin that has been posted multiple times with a personal comment that you know does not belong on the board of the current pinner. Revised the comment to include the keywords you need to remember the pin should you need to search for it. If you might be inclined to forget why you pinned it then write yourself a comment that will remind you.

      I often pin things for events or times of year that might not be obvious just by looking at the pin. However, when I saw the pin for the first time I had a spark of an idea that made a connection between the pin and a project that might not be obvious to someone else. Write a comment to remind you of that connection and spark. Others will benefit from your creativity; you won’t be frustrated by your lack of memory.

      Include Attribution.
      I have just started to do this and I’m glad I’m making it a point. I include the name of the blog or blogger who (as far as I can tell) created the original picture for the pin after my comment. Not only does it show professionalism to do this, caring for the original blogger, but it also allows me to go back to that blog for more good ideas.

      Create Boards with Focus.
      Create boards for specific purposes. “Library” (for me) is not specific enough. I would rather have fewer pins more closely related on a board rather than a large amount more loosely grouped together. This helps me with planning. Even better, when I need to print a board for a specific purpose I don’t need to worry about unrelated pins. For example: I took a PDF of my Board for Dr. Seuss ideas to a planning meeting recently. Every pin was relevant and useful. I was able to quickly share the ideas I had curated and make notes on my printout.

      Be sure to write a description of your Board. Just a phrase or a sentence describing what your purpose is for the pins. Descriptions are used by Pinterest in their search feature. Including keywords in your description makes it easier for like-minded pinners to find your material. It also helps followers decide if the board is worth following. 

      New Boards Provide an Opportunity to Search for New Ideas.

      Currently on Pinterest, a Board has images for 5 of the linked pins. When you find a pin that doesn’t fit on any existing boards and you create a new one, go on a search for four more pins to fill out that board. This way you don’t have lone pins hanging out there all alone. Your boards are more visually appealing to visitors. As I’ve started searches to fill out new boards that having a new focus takes me to boards and pinners I might not have stumbled across before. Making more connections on Pinterest gives you more worth.  If I see the same pin linked 5-6 times on my wall then I feel like I’m swimming in the same small fish bowl with a small group of pinners who are all connected. If I can make connections that many of my followers have not made then I can bring something of more value to the Pinterest waters I frequent. Collectively, our fish tank just got a lot bigger!

      Pinterest Resources.

      • Kate Messner wrote a Pinterest article I love at the Digital Shift called Very Pinteresting. I changed several of my Pinterest habits based on her post.
      • Katie Davis has a Pinterest web tutorial (for a fee). I have not participated, but I’ve read rave reviews. If you’re new to Pinterest it might be the perfect place to start. 
      • Joyce Valenza posted recently about Authors Who Pin. If you’re stuck in a rut her article will help you find some new boards and pinners to follow.

      Your Turn! 
      What are your Pinterest Peeves? What tips and tricks do you use to overcome these forces of darkness?

      January 24, 2013
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    • Reply Elizabeth Kyser

      These are all good reminders! I have fixed some of my Pinterest mistakes today. It’s a good feeling!

      January 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm
      • Reply Carolyn

        It feels good, doesn’t it? When I realized that I was skipping the opportunity to write a description for a board it was an ah-ha moment for me. You’ve got great pins too–I tracked you down!

        January 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    • Reply merlen hogg

      Hi Carolyn,
      You have written glorious.


      February 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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