First things first- are you on Pinterest yet? If your answer is no, then please please take my advice. Click this link here, and set yourself up. Because, how can you NOT be on Pinterest?
- Quick explanation: Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. See things you like on a random website that you think you might like to read again/ try for yourself/ hunt down and buy? Gone are the days where you’re required to scribble the entire URL down, or even add the page to your bookmarks. Pin it. Done.
The title of my post may mean something to those of you already on Pinterest. Lots of pins I come across are labelled as ‘Pin now, read later’, which perfectly sums up Pinterest for many users. If you see an article you really want to read, but the kids are hanging from your legs demanding to be fed- pin it. Read it later. Easy. But I want to tell you about my history with Pinterest and my philosophy:
Pin now. Read now. Do now.
I wrote a post called Pinterest made me do it at the beginning of the year, which explained how Pinterest has inspired me to do more with my children. I was seeing so many pins with fantastic ideas for craft, sensory play or educational fun and I was pinning them like mad. My board Stuff to do with the kids was becoming more and more full of the best ideas! But I wasn’t actually doing them. I was hoarding. With the intention of doing one day, but hoarding all the same. I was pinning now… and reading never.
So I set up a few changes and my Learning through Play board was born. This is where I let you into my organisational secret! If I see a pin that promises to keep my children entertained for more than half an hour, I pin it to Stuff to do with the Kids. Then I read it. Then I do it. Then I blog my version of it. Then I pin it to Learning through Play. So those funny articles about people who have tried something on Pinterest and this is what happened? Well, this is what happened. My Learning through Play board is very special to me. It’s a collaborative board I pin to with my good friend Jennie and it is filled only with pins from activities that we have tried and that have worked! They are 100% tried, tested and successful ideas- NO read now and pin later promises !
Pinterest has opened up a whole world for me- I love gathering ideas and feeling inspired by the wonderful things that other parents and teachers have done. I love to also share my own ideas and creations and there is nowhere else like Pinterest that allows you to do this. It is unlike any other social media. On Pinterest, I don’t have to chat to you. I don’t have to pin things I think you might find witty, or insightful. I only pin for myself. And if you like those pins, that’s fantastic! If you don’t… well, pin now and read later, I guess.
The final paragraph of my post back in January is still so relevant for me now, so I though I would share it with you:
Pinterest has inspired me to do so much more creative stuff with the kids. I look at things differently now. A cardboard box will never be the same again because Pinterest has made me look at the world through a child’s eyes again. I can’t throw out a box with the knowledge that it could be turned into a car for a teddy bear. I could even blog that. I could pin it. Someone might RE-PIN it. And so the pretty, clever stuff lives on. I like having a world filled with interesting, pretty and clever stuff. Yes, it seems you CAN be all three after all.
I am so excited to be part of Pinterest’s #PinitForwardUK campaign and I today I have the great honour of introducing the wonderful Abigail, who blogs at Abigail and the Future. I’ve been browsing some of her boards lately and I cannot help but be drawn to her Pretty Things collection. They really are pretty! Do look out for her post tomorrow, and follow her on Pinterest once you’re all set up!
I am also very excited to introduce the lovely Emily who blogs at A Mummy Too. Her Pinterest boards are absolutely fabulous- but beware! Her Food and Love Food and Drink boards will make you hungry. And pile on at least a stone. But hey, it’s worth it! Do give her a follow.
If you’re inspired to sign up, you can do that on this link here. And please let me know so that I can follow you and lust over all of your pretty pins. Now go. Go pin, go read and go do!