Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Revising Pinterest Boards

Updating and organizing Pinterest boards takes time. And by the way, if you aren't on Pinterest yet, you  should be. There are many generous and creative educators on Pinterest who simply love to share ideas. Personally,  I use my pin boards to collect resources and connect with other educators and speech therapists. Although I haven't encountered any, there are pinners out there that take the ideas and images of others, claim them as there own, and try to use them to generate a profit. I don't think that is a reason to avoid Pinterest. Exactly the opposite. The more I use Pinterest, the more critical I have become about what goes up on my boards. I tend to "like" many pins but only pin the ones that are actually usable. That being said, I admit I have been guilty of mindless pinning and have ended up with pins on my boards that are not what I thought they were.

I like being able to share my boards because sharing and collaborating are fun. Pinterest is also a great way to discover wonderful blogs. My pin boards are mostly professional in nature but like all social networking sites, using caution is called for. I've learned the hard way that just because someone is following you doesn't mean you want to follow them.

I've recently spent several hours, yes, hours reorganizing my pin boards and I'm still not done. I deleted pins, added pins, deleted likes, and renamed boards. I wanted my boards to reflect me, my interests, and my transition back to speech therapy. I "unfollowed" several pinners and not because I didn't enjoy their boards, I just felt I needed to be more focused. For me, Pinterest, like blogging, is about connecting with like-minded people and sharing for the sake of sharing. And also like blogging, it takes time and thought and a desire to give credit where credit is due.

8 comments:

  1. I loved reading your thoughts about Pinterest -- the how and why to use it as well as the nitty gritty. I mostly use it for recipes. I tend to shuffle things from my "recipes I want to try" board to other boards once I have tried them. Or, like today's flop, I will delete a recipe from that board.

    BTW: Nothing frustrates me more than a pin that goes nowhere!

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    1. Thanks Stacey. :)I'm finding it takes some time to figure out who I really want to follow. Wading through pins and blogs to find a few gems is an interesting process.

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  2. I am sorry to say that I have officially given up on Pinterest....the blog takes so much time, really....and I find that I just need to use whatever else is left to read and write! But it is fun, and I think it can be quite addictive.

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    1. My Pinterest activity sort of comes in spurts. Summer feels like a good time to pin. Sometimes I think I cruise Pinterest to avoid writing or cleaning or whatever. :)

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  3. I started boards on Pinterest, just never got back to them. You are a good role model to follow, especially about keeping it in perspective and choosing carefully. Thanks for sharing your good ideas.

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  4. I love the idea, Diana, but I just run out of time. I will keep trying, though. I am interested, but then I'm interested in many things, & "run out of time"! Thanks for the info, though.

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  5. I am thankful for people like you who are out posting on Pinterest. I am not on it - yet - but I have many friends who share what they have found with me.

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  6. I love Pinterest. Some pins are "to-be -used" and some pins are "it lifts my mood."
    Your new blog looks great and I can see that you have already included many useful tips for readers in a short time. Are you stopping with One Literacy Coach and continue here, or are you planning to use two blogs at the same time?

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