|My most Pinned Pinterest image|
I've read so many blog posts lately on how to use Pinterest to grow your blog traffic, how to triple your Pinterest views and how to be intentional with your Pinterest boards. I've even written one or two myself! But what I truly believe about Pinterest is something altogether different to all this and no matter how convincing the arguments are, I still love Pinterest just for itself.
As far as using all the intentional methods of growing my Pinterest account and getting more hits on my blog, I just don't want to turn it into that kind of tool. The key methods seem to be joining group boards (all that does is flood my Pinterest feed with stuff I can't keep up with), or use a scheduling tool to re-pin for me (that takes a lot of the fun out of it). I also read that you should pin and re-pin your blog post pics over and over again - that just drives me crazy when I see others do it and makes me want to un-follow the person.
I looked at my stats (as I do on occasion) and my top three pins of all time are Remembrance and Deliverance (the angel at the top of this post) and the two below. All are completely unrelated and have nothing to do with my blog. I have no idea why they were pinned hundreds of times and I don't really care - if they made someone else happy then I'm happy too. Other pins that have a real resonance with me have often never been re-pinned.
|two of my most Pinned images - totally random and unrelated to each other|
Tip #1 It's okay for your Pinterest page to be about images that you love and that catch your eye. You can pin recipes that you like, home decor that inspires you, cute puppy pictures, exercise routines you may never get around to actually doing, and innumerable other irrelevant-to-blogging ideas and it's okay.
Tip#2 You don't have to use Pinning with the hidden agenda of trying to wrangle more visitors to your blog. You can include your blog boards, and at the same time still have room for lots of other interests - that way you can have fun and still feel like you are being proactive with your blog.
Tip#3 You don't have to follow the blog/pin rules - it's okay! If you want to do all the work and follow all the advice that's okay too, but for the rest of us, lets just back pedal a bit and relax and stop trying so hard.
I intend to continue my cyber hoarding ways and enjoy any new followers that find me. If someone follows me because they like my "a little loveliness" board or my "a touch of gothic" board, or my "kittens sleeping" board - rather than my blog board then that's fine by me. I just think that it's much more fun to Pin for pleasure rather than always for a purpose - my stats may suffer but who really cares? - ultimately for me Pinning is just another fun way to pass the time and it's okay for me to say that!