I’ve heard a lot of people discussing the website Pinterest lately. Questions I often see:
– What is Pinterest exactly?
– How does Pinterest work?
– How did I ever live without Pinterest?
Pinterest is hot, hot, hot and is only going to grow in 2012. And for plenty of good reasons. It helps creative, visual learners get inspired by “pinning” items a user finds of interest (hence the name Pinterest!) to a virtual pinboard, which can be categorized. Here’s 5 ways Pinterest can inspire:
Food Inspiration. Everyone loves a good recipe, right? Well, instead of using a recipe website, where you have to at least have somewhat of an idea in mind in the first place, you can just look at photos to determine what might taste good. As someone who enjoys simple cooking, I find most Pinterest recipes to be in the same mind-frame – easy, not expensive and family-friendly. Move over magazines – I don’t need you and your stuffy ingredients anymore – I’ve got Pinterest!
Craft Inspiration. I LOVE to craft…I never will say I am good at it, but I do enjoy it when I can find a bit of time. Pinterest allows even the most non-crafty person to feel like they could craft. There’s so many simple things to make out there – some I look at and go, “Really? That’s all it takes?” Get inspired and then get creative. My favorite projects to find are ways to repurpose things, and of course things I can eventually make with the little one.
Style/Décor Inspiration. Check out clothes, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more and learn what’s in and how to wear it. I love being trendy, but I know I also need to be practical. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found a few items I think I’m going to need to invest in because they can be worn in so many different ways. Plus, it’s also easy to learn how to style your home…or just be like me and find your dream ways of decorating your home for when you win the lottery!
Tips/DIY Inspiration. I’ve learned about all sorts of DIY tricks and tips from Pinterest. Here are just a few examples: blogging tidbits, how to clean marker off the wall, how to shoot with the manual settings on a DSLR, how to decorate a mantle and MORE. Seriously, search anything and it will probably pop up with a tutorial or ideas.
Party Inspiration. Planning a wedding? A baby shower? A 1st birthday party? There are tons of great ideas from picking out a theme to food, gifts and everything in between. I am seriously jealous of anyone who is getting married and has this tool at their fingertips – it sure beats using magazines or any wedding website I used because of its ease of use (and again, visuals).
BONUS reason: Pinterest gives little bloggers (*cough* like myself) a place to shine. There are millions of amazing bloggers out there trying to help the world a little by offering a tip or posting a recipe – and the link love we receive from pins rocks!
What’s your favorite reason to use Pinterest?
P.S. If you need an invite, let me know in the comments and I’ll send one your way.