I feel like Pinterest and I have become better friends over the years
When we first met, Pinterest was this really fascinating resource
And now here we are years later, and it’s still fascinating
But I feel like Pinterest is like an old file cabinet…
It’s got all kinds of really amazing things in it…. But…
Where are they?
Some of my folders have 500+ pins in them
Which is great…. but I’m starting to feel like Pinterest was an overstuffed sock drawer…
Time to do some organizing and see what’s actually there
So I had this idea:
I started going though my Halloween board first because it happened to be Halloween at the time.
I decided to start making boards based on things I would actually NEED this information for:
I made a board called “Halloween Pumpkins”
This board started gathering all the info on carving, designing and decor that had to do with pumpkins
(Which turns out was what MOST Of my Halloween pins were about…who knew?)
Then I made one called “Halloween Costumes” because who isn’t stressed about that around Halloween right? First he wanted to be a Ninja and now he’s saying he wants to be a Vampire… I mean really? So another board was created…
And you know what?
I was very shocked.
Suddenly I had pins to fill up Boards about
and Halloween Games.
Then added very quickly…
(why does everyone want to do a Cake Walk at Halloween anyway?),
Apples and Cider,
and Halloween Black Cats
(which shows what a big fan I am NOT of cats I guess haha)
and then Ideas for Halloween parties
and House Decor
How did Halloween have 12 sub-sections???
This last Halloween I also felt like I USED so much more,
did so much more
from the ideas I had
because I knew EXACTLY where everything was.
(Okay I’m exaggerating, but it really was amazingly unstressful this year and we did so much fun stuff)
I moved on to Christmas and in a very short time had Christmas boards for:
Elf on the Shelf,
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,
Frosty the Snowman,
and Christmas photography.
Somewhere in there I also did a few things for Thanksgiving
but found that really all I pinned about Thanksgiving was about PIES…
and then a few things about kids activities
and a few things about food…
but mostly PIES.
So I have a Thanksgiving Pies board that is excellent…
not sure if the others are that great yet,
as you can see where my focus is during that holiday…
And the result?
I’ve started getting more specific results
I felt like suddenly the things on my feed were EXACTLY about what I had been searching for in the last few weeks
One of the things I have read is about how Pinterest “Gets to Know” a Pin
Say you were create a pin about Halloween
How does Pinterest “know” what this pin is really about?
It might look at the picture?
It might look at the description?
(but let’s be honest, a lot of the times the description is “Pin now, read later” or “This pin is so amazing” so not too specific there)
But it also starts to “know” based on where people put it…
And I guess somewhere out there, some poor pins are finding their specific descriptions…
They aren’t just “halloween ideas”
They are Halloween Pumpkins, okay?
Let’s be specific here…
It’s not just “Christmas Ideas”
It’s about Gingerbread Houses people!
So hey, you’re welcome I guess?
And now Pinterest seems less like a sock drawer…
And more like my amazing collection…