New obsession: Pinterest

23 08 2011

So, I have jumped on the bandwagon and am totally obsessed with Pinterest, which I finally checked out a few weeks ago when I was sick in bed and had lots of time on my hands.  I had heard of it before from various places and friends, but I finally was curious enough to check it out when one of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha Cripe, talked about her new love of Pinterest here.

The way she described it finally urged me to check it out.  I was a little skeptical when you had to sign up via facebook, but let me assure you that it never posts information there without your permission.  And the fact that it’s linked to your facebook account is actually nice because then you have the choice to automatically share it on facebook each time you make a new pin, just by clicking a little box.

I didn’t have an invite, so I “applied” for one.  Let me know if you want an invite, but as I went the other way, it really didn’t take long (maybe an hour? half an hour?) for my application to be accepted.

It’s super-easy to use and I am so totally addicted.  Several of my favorite bloggers are using this as well, and I think it’s such a fun way to keep track of all of the things you want to remember online – like a visual inspiration board, but in digital form!

The best part is, the pins are linked back to the original source, so it is easy to find instructions for DIY items or recipes for delicious-looking foods.  This is SO much better than bookmarking, or saving pictures to your desktop which you then can’t use on your blog because you don’t remember who to credit!

A few of my other favorite boards/bloggers: Benita Larsson of Chez Larsson.comSherry ofyounghouselove.com, and Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo.  (And of course Elise, who I mentioned before!)

Sharing pins via your wordpress.com blog

However, the only difficulty is that I couldn’t figure out how to easily integrate my pins onto my blog!  Perhaps it’s common knowledge and I’m just a little bit slow, but a quick Google search didn’t provide me with the answers I was looking for.  So I took matters into my own hands and played around with a couple of things and eventually figured it out on my own.

It’s actually quite simple once you know the magic word, and that is: embedding.  When you want to post the picture from Pinterest, go to the pin and click the “Embed” button, as demonstrated below:

Yes, it is August, and yes, I am already pinning Christmas things.  Don’t hate!  🙂

From there, it gives you the code, and you paste it into your post using the HTML post editing setting. (You can always switch back to the “visual” tab if you use this to write your posts, as I do!)  And of course you can change the width/height of  the image to best fit your layout.

And voilà!  You’ve got the picture and an automatic url that links back to the pin when it is clicked.  Isn’t that just fabulous?

*Troubleshooting*  Sometimes the text after the picture get squished together and then shows up like you’re typing several lines of text on one line!  That’ll never do!  If that happens, as it just did for me, select the entire paragraph below the picture and change it back to the “Paragraph” setting instead of the automatic “Format” setting that comes up automatically after posting the picture.

 

Go forth and pin, and then blog about it!

So, that is the extent of my knowledge on the subject.  I hope this information was of help to some of you wordpress.com users!  However, if any questions do come up, I’ll be happy to try to answer them, although I am by all means no expert!

And in case you want to find me on Pinterest, here is a nice shiny new button you can click below! Happy Pinning!

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