There are different types of Pinterest users, some are occasional browsers and others browse and pin away at their leisure anything they remotely find interesting. Some quite actively share their own businesses and blogs information, to the point that you unfollow them.
I probably started off as an occasional user who pinned whatever they fancied. But as I came back to my pins later to get the recipe or directions for the idea I had pinned, I learned that pins can be mis-leading. It’s amazingly frustrating to find the exact project for the material you wish to use and end up without the how-to or a blog that links from one blog to another, to another.. etc.
So, I did some re-vamping and re-organizing to end up with a functional Pinterest account. One I find to be a resource and storage center for all of the ideas I’m researching.
Now, how does one best use Pinterest as an organizational tool?
We’ve all had the situation where there’s an amazing picture for an idea and you want to follow it to get more information. Style pins, I find, can be the most frustrating. This pin for example on the left is a great idea for an outfit, I get many re-pins of this image. I keep it around because, ok you may not need further directions about how to put together this outfit and it can just be pin-spiration.
But if you wish your pinterest boards to be an organizational tool, pin items that link to actual, good content not just tumblr or blogs of never ending photos.
Well finding relevant pins that have good content attached to them can be a challenge, perhaps. Why not create your own content then? If you haven’t already, get the Pin It button, a Google Chrome extension, and as you naturally peruse websites you like, pin the articles for future use. Looking around for new options for a summer wardrobe, I went to Kohl’s and pinned several items I was interested in purchasing (if I could have only just found them more easily in my local store).
For a better example, this “A Practical Guide to Making Friends”, came from an article that a Facebook friend posted and I decided to save on my Articles board.
3- Use precise, good titles
Which leads me to this next point, if you click this image it does take you to my pin of this article with a quote I appreciate from the article. This is unusual for me, as I like to put the best description of the pin in the title. However, as it clearly stated on the image, I used the title box as an enticing quote that I appreciated.
Otherwise, it’s best to write clear and concise titles for your pins, searchable titles that will lead others to your pin and hence your board and the message you are creating around the topic of your boards. This helps to create more of the search engine type system that Pinterest can often be. Most people I follow inherently apply this to their pins, but you do have searches that turn up someone having a long drawn-out conversation with a friend or relative via their pin’s title, this is more appropriate in the handy message center now.
To keep from pinning mindless clutter, and to use your Pinterest account to organize your ideas, a good method is to have active boards, or boards that are more of a To Do List. For example, my YMCA Potential board is exactly that, a collection of ideas for projects, activities, and other items which I may be able to use for Facebook content for the Facebook page. The two recipes pages pictured are for saving different types of recipes, that I try to regularly work through. While my different types of project idea boards, sort different ideas into categories.
5- Completion boards
While also having project boards and recipes boards, I also work through these boards to move items from one board to another. It helps me to visually organize items that I have been able to accomplish. As well, it’s a good place to post the articles I have written about my experiences on this blog. Some categories I use for completion boards are Rockin’ It at the YMCA, Visited, Cooked, and some of Peace Corps Albania.
Another important factor of keeping boards that are visual organizational tool mechanisms, is keeping up-to-date cover photos for your boards. I like to keep my last completed project or my next project to complete as the cover pictures.