Organize Your Digital Life: Pinterest!
I love Pinterest…I think just about everyone who reads this blog does. I still remember my first months there, pinning everything that was even mildly amusing. Must pin all the things!
But that eventually led to some small problems. 1) I had WAY too many pins. 2) A lot of those pins were poorly organized and the links weren’t working anymore. 3) There are a lot of pins that were great for my life years ago, that just don’t work for me now.
This is probably a problem for many of us. But what to do? Where do you start? How do you sort through thousands of pins?
The answer is one-by-one. Here’s what I did, board by board:
Step One: Scan through the board for things you aren’t interested in anymore. For me, I found lots of design and organizing ideas that I’m just not into anymore. I also found TONS of preschool activities. My youngest is 8 now, so those all had to go. I also found boards that I started for projects I wanted to do years ago. If I haven’t started scrapbooking again in the last 4 years, I don’t need to keep that board for the potential “someday”. And I found boards from projects gone by, including the dinosaur party I threw for my daughter 4 years ago. No need to hold on to that either. Lastly, recipes. I had about a thousand (not joking) recipes on various boards. Recipes are a dime a dozen. I can just search for what I want next time. Why clutter my boards with it all? So all those got deleted right off the bat.
Step Two: Go link by link, checking that links are valid. Probably at least half of my pins are images that are linked to sites I’ve never opened. I went through each one, clicking to see if it took me to an article that explained the image. There were quite a few that were from spammy fake sites. Those got deleted.
Bonus Tip: If you have an image that you really like, but the link goes to a suspicious site, you can edit the pin to delete the site that the image came from. Your pin will still be there, just without any link.
Step Three: Once I went through all the pins on a board, I organized and optimized! I made sure each board had a description that would help people to know what it was about: this is important because the descriptions help people to find your pins and follow you. I also set a category for each board and selected a “cover image”. For the cover image, I tried to keep with the same sort of look: bright white, pastels or bright colors. This will help my boards look more organized and cohesive when scrolling through. Finally, I made sure each board had a name that made it easy to keep organized. For holidays, instead of just naming the board Christmas or Easter, I call them Holiday: Christmas; Holiday: Easter, etc. Why is this important? Because when you add a new pin, your boards are listed alphabetically. If all your holiday boards are together, you can find the right one in a snap. If all your craft boards are together, you can find the right board quickly. I also used these titles to rearrange my boards visually, so they’re alphabetical. This is going to help myself and anybody visiting my profile to find pins their interested in.
Yes, this was time consuming, but it’s been such a great exercise! Pins are so much easier to find and I’m loving my boards. And, while deleting out entire boards made my list of followers shrink (sorry!), I kept getting notifications the entire time that I was getting new followers. I guess spending that time being active on Pinterest helped people to find me.
Here’s the results so far: I started with 3,979 pins on 120 boards. I’m most of the way through right now and am down to 2,264 pins on 75 boards. And I’m loving the quality of each board. Check out how pretty my profile is now!
What do you do to keep your Pinterest profile manageable?
Thanks to the following blogs for letting me link this post:
Southern Beauty Guide, Sweet Haute, Life on Lakeshore Drive,
Sparkles of Sunshine, Lou Lou Girls,
Welcome to My Circus, Cozy Little House,
Dolen Diaries, Huckleberry Love,
Reasons To Skip the Housework,
The Life of Jennifer Dawn,