I carry a notebook around with me. It has a little bit of everything in it. Diary entries. Quotes I like. Fictional short stories. Reminders of all types.
So this blog has a little bit of things I want to share. Sometimes I bare my heart, sometimes I review products. And now I'm thinking of starting a series to show how I use social media, because I find myself explaining it often.
If it's a social media outlet, I probably use it. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, MyFitnessPal, etc. (Just look for MzHartz on your social media of choice...)
Out of all of these, I think I use Pinterest a little differently than a lot of other people.
I use Pinterest as visual bookmarks. If I see something I want to come back to later, I pin it. I don't really re-pin a whole lot of stuff unless it's something I'll want to check out later. In contrast, I think there's a lot of people who use Pinterest as a visual feast, relying mostly on repins, keeping very in the moment. There's nothing wrong with that, but I know people who would benefit from using it as a tool, but have only been shown the entertainment side of things.
Here's a good example: Last year, I used Pinterest for my Christmas wish list. If I saw something that would make a good gift for me, I pinned it to my wish list board. Then, when my mom asked me for my Christmas list, I sent her the link to that board.
Since it's more involved and complicated to use it as a tool, here's a brief tutorial:
1) Find something you like.
Let's add something to my wish list board. I have The Power Station on tape, but I'd like it on CD. So I find it on Amazon.
2) Pin it.
Here's the complicated part, since there's two distinct ways to pin things.
Option 1) Copy the link. Go to Pinterest (and log in if you're not logged in already). Click the plus button next to your name in the upper right corner of the screen and select Add From Website.
Paste in the URL and click Next.
Option 2) Use a button. This is quicker, but you'll have to install the button in your browser first. You should be able to scroll down on this page to get to the button for your browser. Then, when you find something you want to pin, click the button.
From there, the rest of the steps are the same.
Click on the picture you want.
A screen will come up asking you which board you want to pin it to. A board is basically a category. Some people put everything in all together, but I prefer to group mine into categories. In this case, I'm putting this into my wish list. You also need to describe it somehow.
You'll also notice buttons on some blog posts that let you pin directly from the post. It works very similar to the browser button.
Here are some of my boards to give you an idea of things I pin:
Craft Projects I'll Never Get Around To
This is where I post instructions for projects I would like to try someday. I also have similar ones for bracelets and recipes.
Things I Actually Made
I move things here after I make them, with feedback on how it went.
Share with Braino
Pictures that I want to be sure I show Brian.
Expressing Emotions Through Funny Pictures of Cats
Things that make me laugh. I also have similar boards for inspirational material, cool artwork, cute animals, and stars that I'm a fan of.
I hope this gives you an idea of how I use Pinterest, and maybe will give you ideas on new ways to use it too.