Pin It!: Five Practical Uses for Pinterest

in category of Technology, Abby Lee Hood

 

Oh, Pinterest, you time-sucker you.

You think I'm kidding? You'd be amazed how many wedding dresses, inspirational quotes, and ridiculous jokes I can look at while surfing Pinterest. And none of that stuff is really practical (certainly not the wedding dresses!).

But there are many ways to utilize Pinterest and get the best out of it. Of course, it's a mood board, a source of inspiration and fun, and a whole lot more. Depending on who you are and what you like to do, you're going to find many different things there that you like or don't like. But there are a few general things that Pinterest serves a really good purpose for, and I'd like to share them with you, so you can get the absolute best out of the site.

1. College - Pinterest has loads of stuff for college students. Funny quotes, survival guides, dorm room ideas, and more! There are even college-friendly recipes. You can access all of those areas instantly – and at the same time. Searching for "college" on Google brings up way too many varied results to make any headway, but Pinterest is a bit narrower. There are a few random pins, but for the most part, they pertain to the fun stuff going on around campus, and how to deal with living there. Of course, there are funny memes/jokes, too, but that's another story. Since I'm graduating high school this year, this particular use of the site is really important to me, and I know other college freshmen need a little help in this area of their lives as well.

Here's an article I found on Pinterest: College Survival Guide, 50 Ramen Recipes. Yes, that's funny, and yes, it's a bit stereotypical, but it's honest. College kids are broke. Ramen constitutes the food pyramid. So for all small-budget eaters, enjoy!

2. Mood Board - This is one of the best things about Pinterest: the kind of inspiration it provides. People are always talking about how great their Pinterest closets are! And it's true, people are forever pinning things they could never afford, but the truth is that we love to be inspired. This is definitely the site for creativity! Every project I have, whether it's writing, editing something, a school project, or even acting, I use Pinterest to create an inspiration board. When I played Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, I had a board specifically designated to my costume and makeup inspirations. It kept me focused on what my character would really look like, and I loved being able to see everything in one place! So the next project you do, make sure to create a mood board for it with Pinterest.

3. Finding new favorites - I can't tell you how many awesome people/blogs I've found with Pinterest. One of my favorite sites, IndieFixx, came from a link on Pinterest! I never would have found it otherwise. And I can tell you, I'd be missing out in that case. So when you click on a pin, really check out the site it's located on. Chances are, if you are interested in the pin, you'll be interested in the site it's posted on. There are exceptions, of course, but it's generally a great way to make connections and find new favorites.

These are just a few ways Pinterest can be really useful. I hope you enjoyed this list, and happy pinning! 

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