What’s The Deal With Pinterest Then?

For most bloggers, being active on social media is very important. It’s how we grow our blogs, engage with other readers and writers, find inspiration, get feedback, support others and generally take the personal nature of owning a blog into a public arena. As I’ve gotten to grips with blogging over the last eightish months, I’ve slowly introduced each social media platform one at a time.

One month in, I set up Twitter. I think I have an okay understanding of this platform now: I sometimes take part in blogger chats and feel like this is a wonderful place to not only find other bloggers but engage with them too. So many wonderful people have supported me over on Twitter; I recently started my own little project on there, with the aim of giving back a bit of love to the people that have helped get me to where I am now and also create their own amazing content.

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Five months later, along came Instagram. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Instagram over the years, which I wrote about when I jumped back into it in May. I’m having a bit of a struggle on there right now deciding what direction to go in – more conventional blog photos and promotion, or unrelated street photography that I feel passionate about? That’s a struggle to think about another day though. For now, I’m just enjoying posting more visual content and not worrying about numbers at all.

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But now it’s a couple of months later, and I think it’s time for a new challenge. Pinterest. Now, Pinterest isn’t necessarily a social media platform, it’s more like a search engine – which is why I think many of us feel daunted giving it a go. It’s an unknown. It’s time to take a deep breath kids, because I have no clue how to utilise Pinterest as a blogger. I’ve read so many blog posts about how Pinterest pulled in hundreds of thousands of visitors to people’s blogs and how it’s the platform they get the most traffic from, yet I just can’t wrap my head around that.

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I’ve had my Pinterest account for years now, and so it’s a bit of a process clearing it out and turning it into something that’s relevant to blogging and the person I am now. But I’m working on it. I’m starting to follow more people whose blogs I love and have downloaded the app on my phone. Oh yes, things are getting serious around here #problogger.

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I think my ‘strategy’ (if you can call it that) is going to be to regularly pin things I like that relate to my more photogenic blog topics (like bullet journals), engage with several blogger group boards and create more pinable images on Canva. I experimented with this once before, as seen below, but I think I could really get into it if I make it a habit. But that’s it. I know there are plenty of other things you can do with Pinterest, but frankly I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I’m staying simple for now, and perhaps stepping it up a little after a few months.

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So if you’d like to come and join me in my Pinterest adventure, I’d love to follow you all over there!

As a blogger it can be easy to stress about not being on a certain social media platform, or not utilising it to its full potential like ‘everyone else’. It can be overwhelming; it can be off-putting at times. I think it’s good to remember that everyone is at a different stage in their blogging lives, and to take part in things that maximise your enjoyment rather than add to the stress in your life.

Having said that, I’d welcome any tips people have for cracking Pinterest as a blogger. I’d love to know what you did to make it work for you!


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47 thoughts on “What’s The Deal With Pinterest Then?

  1. Johnzelle says:

    Thanks for sharing. Promoting my blog is probably the most overwhelming part. I don’t use social media outside of WordPress. Do you have any tips for using twitter to engage with other bloggers? I’ve never used twitter before

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  2. ashleyleia says:

    I get almost no blog traffic from Pinterest, but then again, I don’t put much effort into it. Maybe if I made fancy graphics linking to my posts I might get more traffic, but I don’t really care enough to put in the work.

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  3. nowheretobeproject says:

    I struggle with Pinterest in terms of my blog. I use it to save things I like, but have not figured out how to meaningfully connect it to my blog. I’ll find and follow you there now. 😍❤️✌🏻
    Dana
    Nowheretobeproject.com

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  4. clarejk2014 says:

    I’ve only used Facebook and Twitter (although I tend to only promote the blog post once and that’s it with Twitter. I’ve started using blog groups with Facebook). Pinterest and Instragram seem a little daunting at the moment.

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  5. simplycarinaxo says:

    Social media is a big one isn’t it. I need to work on it more, twitter is for example one I just can’t get my head around. I refuse to use it aha! Pinterest on the other hand I do use, but not for my own blog photos but more to create inspiration boards. Maybe I should look into making it link to my blog more too… Thanks for sharing this 🙂 xo

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  6. julietlylillyrose says:

    Pinterst is weird for me. I take the time to create pinnable images but it always seems like the most random ones become the most popular?

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  7. Hazel @ Places and Peonies says:

    I love using Pinterest as a way to bookmark things and research things but for some reason I don’t really like using it to post my own blog posts, which is strange, right?! Even if I do see a lot of exposure and feedback on it I keep frequently forgetting about networking my posts there lol!

    I have a Pinterest for hazearella I haven’t touched in a long time; I’ve debated on making a separate one for Places & Peonies or just merging the two. I haven’t really decided yet! I do know that the hazearella one needs A LOT of tidying up!

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  8. Lavanya says:

    Wow I never realised I can use those platforms as well. I guess maybe that’s because I don’t have time for it considering I also have to deal with college work. But I’ll surely try to check your pinterest page out.

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  9. betterthangoodenough123 says:

    Hi Alys, I’m having the same challenge wrapping my head around Pinterest. I’ve been spending a lot of time pinning blog posts, pinning others stuff, etc., but for some reason, the views to my blog are just not happening. I feel like there’s something basic I’m missing. Hope to figure it out soon! Great post!
    Joan Senio
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com
    @joansenio1

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