I've been neglecting my Pinterest boards! I have a very specific methodology for ingesting the huge quantity of content that is on Pinterest:
1. I "like" anything that appears even remotely interesting (this usually happens on my iPhone using the Pinterest app).
2. I periodically visit my "Likes" page to review those pins that appealed to me, selecting a few (depending on how much time I have) to click through to.
3. If I still like it after review (reading through a recipe, for example) and I am able to find the original source (not just an image on tumblr or a picture included in someone's blog post), I pin it to one of my own boards. Then I "unlike" the pin.
I often don't re-pin on Pinterest, though I know that's an important piece of their social media model. I've found that a lot of pins are dead-ends ... and because I use Pinterest as a comprehensive and personalized list and library, I want to be able to reference the information in any given Pin in the future, not just see a nice picture. It's worth it to me to spend a few extra minutes up front confirming that I can get back to the original blog post, the original recipe, etc. There are exceptions ... I try to be less pendantic about the many quote images that resonate, for example.
Because I "like" with wild abandon and spend extra time when I pin, I gather a lot of "Liked" pins. I try to not let my "Likes" outnumber my "Pins" ... but because I haven't had time to while away the hours on Pinterest in a month or more, I discovered today that my "Likes" have gotten out of control. 3,095 Likes? That's crazy ... and says a little something about how much accumulated time I spend on Pinterest, but we'll just move on, shall we?
I'm going to spend a little quality time on Pinterest tonight, looking at things like this:
... because of things like this:
Pinterest is an inspirational site; most of the tiny houses and exercise routines and banana pudding recipes I pin will never actually be built, done, or made by me. No matter - I love the ideas and the imagination-fuel it brings to my life.
Oh - and I also love that it brought these to my life this morning: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from SugarandCharm.com. Holyfuckingshit ... Make these a.s.a.p., they are more delicious that I can describe (and don't require the homemade ricotta as listed; Organic Valley worked wonderfully).
How do you use Pinterest?