The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest

The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest

I talk a lot about my Pinterest addiction on Facebook.
It’s because I’m on Pinterest a lot.
{And Facebook.}

It’s pretty serious.
It’s also pretty great.

I know a lot of people who have heard of Pinterest. They just don’t “get” it. Here, let me sum it up for you:


That’s really all you need to know, but in case you are missing the point, let me allow to illustrate this for you.

Pinned Image

 I laugh every time I read this. And I’m writing this post, so I’ve read it like, a lot.
I didn’t create this comic. I wish I could tell you who but I’ve searched and searched and came up with nothing. But Ragebuilder is fun, you can make your own raging comic.

Now, about this Pinterest.
Listen closely.

You must be addicted. Allow me to indoctrinate you.

Pinterest has every good thing on it. From craft ideas, to make up tips, tutorials, plain good ideas, feel good thoughts, fashion inspiration, newest trends… everything people love is on Pinterest. Every idea that you didn’t know you needed to know is on Pinterest. How is this possible? Because when people find a good idea they like online–anything with an image– they “pin it.” {You can easily download a button to go on your web browser bar.} Now if you find a good idea on Pinterest that you like–or anywhere on the web–you can pin it to a board.

One thing I’ve heard from friends and family is that they are a little confused by Pinterest. Let’s do a little tutorial here, okay?

1. Pinterest Home Screen

This is where all the good stuff happens. When you surf over to Pinterest and are logged in, this is what you’ll see. As you scroll down your eyes will be inundated with lovely images for you to pin. You can click on each image to read the comments on the pin, the “history” of the pin, or to click again and go to the pin’s source.

2. Pins you are viewing

You can view pins by only the pinners (people) you are following, view everyone’s pins ( on the planet), or by topic: DIY & Craft, Food & Drink, most popular pins, and so on.

3. Find Your Stuff

This is the area that will take you to your boards and things you’ve pinned. (Don’t worry, I’ll explain that in a second.)

4. Pinner activity

This is where you can see what other pinners are doing in relation to your pins. Whether they followed your boards, or repinned something you pinned, you’ll see it stream here. To be honest, I pay little attention to this. :)

5. Repin

When you hover over an image on your homescreen, little buttons will appear: repin, like, and comment. If you like an image and want to remember it, click “repin.” This will pop open another window (see below.) If you just want to make a note that you liked it, but don’t particularly want it on a board to find again, then “like” it. (I almost never like something, I prefer to repin it to a nice organized board.) You can also comment. I can tag someone like in facebook, but only people I follow. So I can tag my sister and say “@Lisa, I think you’d like this!” Once you’ve pinned something to a board, anyone following the board you pinned it to will see it on their homescreen. If they choose to repin it to their own boards, then whoever follows their boards will see it. And so on!

6. Repin Window

If you chose to click repin, then this window will pop up. Use the drop down menu to choose the board it will go to, or create a new board. In the example above I could make a new board called “Artisan Breads.” I tend to create boards for things I will repin lots about–for instance, I have fifteen homeschool boards (science, art, unit study, etc.) and a Dining Room board as well as a kitchen board. I typically start out with really general catagories (ie, dream home) but I’ll make a new board if I want to get more specific with my pinning.

On this window you also have a place to enter a description. Pinterest is highly searchable, but only through what you type in this window. If you want someone to find your pin by search, you better be specific. You can also write a note to yourself as to why you pinned this. If it’s a picture of a kitchen I might type “love the color of the cabinets!” or whatever. Then click “Pin It.” If you select Facebook or Twitter, it will publish your pin to your feeds.

7. Boards

I’ve mentioned the word “boards” quite a bit. What is a board? Well, if you’ve ever taken Interior Design 101, or watched a lot of HGTV, you know that a design board is where you take samples of your design elements (carpeting, paint swatches, pictures of furniture you want to include), and create a physical board to see how all the elements play together. Boards on Pinterest are sort of the same idea, but really they are just folders for organizing.  All those ideas that I see online? I don’t bookmark them anymore, I don’t try to remember them even as they crawl into the deep dark recesses of my brain.
I pin them.

8. Following

Everyone say “hi Lisa!” (That’s my sister.) When you sign up you are automatically asked to connect to Facebook. This will find all your Facebook friend and start following them. If Lisa has pinned something I like that was first pinned by someone else, I might click on that person’s name. It will take me to their boards page, where I can choose to “follow all” (below their picture), or you can choose to follow each individual board, depending on your interest. For instance, Lisa is getting married and has about as many wedding boards as I do homeschool boards. Lisa isn’t interested in my homeschool boards, and I’m less interested in her wedding boards. I can follow her other boards without lame wedding stuff polluting my Pinterest homepage. (Kidding Lisa.)

9. Unfollowing
Using Lisa as an example again, let’s say I clicked “follow all” of her boards. Later, I notice she’s pinning a lot of wedding dresses that I don’t necessarily want to see on my Pinterest home screen. Under the boards I don’t want to follow I click the grayed out “unfollow” to stop seeing her boards. If I want to unfollow all of her boards, I click “unfollow all” beneath her picture.
10. Pin It Button
{Don’t ask me why my Pin It button doesn’t appear very cute on my browser!}
One tool I love from Pinterest is the Pin It button. You simply drag this up to your browser bar (grab it here) and anytime you find a great image on the web–or a tutorial you want to remember, or a product on your wish list, whatever–you click “Pin It.” It pops open this window. Pinterest scans the page and finds any images and you click “Pin This” on the image you want to pin. It then pops up a Create Pin window–which looks just like the Repin window (#6, above.)
When you want to pin a blog post, remember to click into the actual post, ie, “ my home page, ie, “www.confessionsofaslackermom.” Since blogs tend to update frequently, you don’t want to link to an awesome tutorial only to not be able to find it later because it got buried in newer posts on the home page.
As the popularity of Pinterest spreads, bloggers and sites are adding Pin It buttons directly to their pages.

Pin It

Like this one! :)

Now… if this post taught you anything… or you found it even somewhat helpful… go ahead and pin it! Because now you know how!

PS. To get you started, here’s a few of my favorite pinners… so far! {Don’t forget to follow me too!}

Add your own URL in the comments and let’s get pinning!

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19 Responses to The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest

  1. Tauni says:

    Oh wow. Thanks for including my pin board on your list of favorite pinners! So super flattering!!!

    Will you be coming to SNAP! in April?


  2. Amanda says:

    Our Pinterest

    May I add, that I try to check out my Pins before I put them on my boards. Some people pin things without giving credit to the correct source and or pin to the entire blog rather than the actual post that I “want” to see.

    • Amanda, your pinterest is AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing. I’m loving all your boards, but particularly the “teaching the alphabet” board and “toddler activities” boards.

  3. Sam Jo says:

    I just saw your comment on my blog and decided to come over here and meet you! And now we have to be pinterest friends! This is a great post for newbies on pinterest. Can’t wait to read the rest of your blog!

  4. Lissa says:

    Great article! I’m linking up to your article next week on one of my blog posts – I’m hosting a link party where we pin each other’s projects. Your article will be a great help for people who want to learn more. Thank you! (Your newest follower too! :) )

  5. Mary says:

    Question: I have been using Pinterest for a while, and all was well. But lately I cannot repin anything. A window pops up “woops! something went wrong on our end” and then I have the option to close, but no option to get it fixed. I tried contacting the help center, but it just reroutes me back to Pinterest homepage. Any ideas on how to fix this issue? i really enjoy Pinterest and would like to continue using it. Thanks!

  6. Nnhh says:

    I do not use pinterest and have no dsiere to do so. However I have been wondering recently if any of my photos ever make there way there. I have no real objections but I would expect credit and also would expect the pinner to have the courtesy to let me know they have used my work! Somehow I doubt that is happening much for anyone. :(

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