Sunday, February 24, 2013

Very Pinteresting

Very Pinteresting

Try this:

Does anyone remember planning a party, a kitchen renovation, a vacation, Thanksgiving Dinner, or the landscaping of your yard by sorting through magazines and cutting and pasting in a scrapbook or thumb tacking cutouts on a corkboard?

If the truth be known, I never did that. That was waaay too organized and artsy for me. But I LOVE Pinterest. And it is just the computer way of planning without messing with scissors, glue, and lots of scraps of paper and sticky fingers.

According to Wikipedia," Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own pinboards, or 'like' photos."

"Pinterest users can upload, save, sort and manage images, known as pins, and other media content (i.e. videos) through collections known as pinboards. Pinboards are generally themed so that pins can easily be organized, categorized and discovered by other users. Pinterest acts as a personalized media platform, whereby your own content as well as anyone else's uploaded pins can be browsed on the main page. Users can then save their favorite pins to one of their own boards using the "Pin It" button. Content can also be found outside of Pinterest and similarly uploaded to a board via the "Pin It" button which can be downloaded to the bookmark bar on a web browser, or be implemented by a webmaster directly on the website."

Before I lose you with all of this computer language, let's get down to the root of this post.

Try this:

Q: Why does anyone need to know about Pinterest?
A: Because I started a pinboard especially for Beauregard Master Gardeners back in August 2012.

Q: Nice photographs (My Master Gardeners teacher's exact words)! Now what does anyone do with them?
A: To start, read the accompanying text to see if that topic interests you. Browse a little deeper by clicking on the website from which this image came (maybe you will see the word From). If you do not get information or more great photos, just keep clicking that mouse or your finger.

Q: Can someone save this great information he/ she finds?
A: Yes, as long as you are on the website where it originated, you should be able to bookmark it to your Favorites. If you are a Pinterest member, you can "Pin it" to one of your boards. Then your ideas will be organized and easy to locate later.

Q: How can gardeners use Pinterest?
A: Pinterest is a huge resource for finding project ideas. If you need an idea for a vegetable garden use the search and a whole bunch of beautiful vegetables gardens magically appear before your eyes to give you inspiration. Follow other gardeners on Pinterest to see what they find interesting and discover great ideas just by clicking on that gardener.

Q: What else can someone use Pinterest for?
A: Pinterest is not just project ideas. You can create a Pinterest wish list board for all the plants you would like to have. You can share your garden photographs to keep a catalog.

Q: Should you join Pinterest?
A: Not yet. Just sit back, browse, and get hooked. Use the search possibilities for things that interest you or to search for your friends and family. Enjoy my 41 boards and over 14,000 pins. Do not feel like you are stalking me or anyone else of the 11 million Pinterest users.

Q: Is this a social network?
A: You can set up your Profile to be as social and as open as you desire. Of my 600+ followers, I know only about 20 personally, and they are family and friends. Since not everyone uses a current profile photo (he he, mine is 40 years old!!!), you sometimes have no idea what your favorite follower even looks like. And if you have kept your email address private in your profile, no one will bother you.

Q: How does someone join Pinterest?
A: As I joined almost two years ago, I won't bore you with the complications back then. Now it is easy. When you browse my boards, you should see an invitation bar. Go to Give that a try.

Here are my Pinterest boards and a great video:
Happy Pinning

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