My obsession with pinterest began quietly. It was intrigue at first; a couple of people I knew were using it, so I asked one of them to invite me. What I found was a site like no other, one which didn’t require endless hours of reading, but which was simply as many pretty pictures as I could wish for.
I didn’t even think about linking it to my other online exploits at first, although if you visit often you will notice that I have had pinterest buttons on here for some time now. No, originally, it was just a little corner of the web for me to escape to at the end of a busy day, a place where I could simply dream. I have always made collages and scrapbooked, so pinterest seemed like a natural online progression. I think my first board was one simply called ‘Lovely things’ – and it remains one of my favourites.As soon as I began to discover wonderful travel photos on there, I set up a board called Travel– which is a jumbled but rather gorgeous board with everything I love about travel: quotes, travel inspiration, photos of evocative items, and of course some of the places I’ve been. To prevent it from getting totally confused, I also have a board called My Someday Places, which is my visual bucket list. If possible, pinterest has increased my wanderlust – I can easily while away an hour just pinning and sighing: ‘oh, I need to go there!’ I was, I thought, a fairly anonymous pinterest user. Loyal, yes, blogger, yes, but really just a user of a site which I personally liked. So imagine my surprise when I was contacted out of the blue and asked if I would be part of the Pin it Forward UK campaign. I immediately said yes. I discovered a real community feel amongst the team behind pinterest and in their relationship with bloggers – this is a totally unique social media site in so many ways, not least in the direct communication between developers and audience.
The team seems genuinely excited and enthused about the possibilities of the site, and it shows a real commitment to a growing audience that time and effort has been put into a UK launch.
One of the best things about this campaign is that it has introduced me to some brilliant fellow bloggers, one of whom is Frankie, aka Bird, who writes the blog As the Bird Flies. Head on over and take a look; she writes wonderfully and is the next travel blogger to take up the #pinitforwarduk baton.Of course, you can also find her on pinterest here.
If you haven’t yet discovered pinterest, why don’t you come and join me and find out just why I’m waxing lyrical about it? I can’t wait to connect with more people and discover even more pinteresting things!