Do you keep scrap books? I've been filling up mine for a few of years now and their number has swelled to 7, which includes a very fat juicy one about double the size of the others!
It's a joy to look back through them when I need inspiration, or just to while away a half-hour with a cuppa.
In my mind, they are the forerunner to Pinterest! I admit to being a Pinterest addict/obsessive and prefer to spend my switch-off time pinning, to watching TV.
I always thought I was quite selective about what I pinned, being sure that the image truly reflected the board I intended to add it to. But seeing that I've now clocked-up over 10,000 pins on some 62 boards, maybe I'm not as discriminating as I thought! :)
My criteria when I find an image I love, is usually:
Do I love it? - Am I likely to tire of it?
Is the image of a good size (these poor peepers of mine aren't what they once were! ;-))
I don't want it if its heavily watermarked.
I'm not keen on too much of a description written underneath either.
Does it link back to an original source (not always possible, but I try my best - So, if ever I have a pin that belongs to you and I've not credited it as such, I'm always happy to add the link back to you - just let me know!)
For instance, this is one of my most popular pins - it's a photo I took for my blog of our kitchen. It got lifted from my blog at one time and now doesn't link back to me for the photo credit on Pinterest.
Do you go through any thought processes before pinning a pic? (Ha! maybe I'm just a bit strange like that?)
I regularly look through my boards to enjoy all that I've collected. If a photo no longer gives me joy, then I delete it. It's good to have a clear-out now and then - Occasionally I find a photo I've added twice to the same board, so one of them also get the boot!
So, do you pin?
I understand that Pinterest now ask visitors to their site to become members, before all that is shared on-line becomes available to them. As a visual person, I wouldn't be without my Pinterest boards. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys looking at beautiful photographs, or use it to collect recipes or tips and 'how-to's. Pinning them all in one place makes them easy to access and also to build up a community of like-minded followers.
And it's perfect if you need to advertise your small business, or if you just want to share pictures that you've taken.
What ever your reasons - "Happy Pinning!"