Series: Sites and Apps

I tend to use a handful of sites and apps regularly, and I thought it’d be fun to start a list. (Lists are fun. Lists make me feel accomplished with little work.)

Let’s start with Pinterest.


I’ve heard criticisms of Pinterest that I think can be mitigated or eliminated with some good old Best-Use Practices. In other words, YOU MAY BE DOING IT WRONG.

Some of my friends feel Pinterest is a waste of time–and like any other cool thing on the Internet, it can be. But also like any other Internet thing that is also a reflection of you, it must be curated. I don’t mean that in an annoying, high-falutin’ way. I mean that if you want it to be useful for you, interesting to you, and appealing to others, you’ve got to do a few things:

1. Follow accounts and boards you find interesting.

On Pinterest I may not get the most enjoyment out of following the “Hope Chest” board of a 20-year-old girl dreaming of rings and engagement photo shoots.












However, she and I may love the same kinds of recipes, art, or shoes. I choose which boards to follow, not just which people.

Your own categories or boards will grow as you discover what you find useful (recipes? home design ideas?).

2. Create content that excites, stimulates, and appeals to you.

If you really like what you pin, you get several useful things from your effort. You’ll have one place to visually scan categories of your favorite things or primary aspirations. This served me well recently when I was seeking a new tattoo design to celebrate my 40th birthday. I pinned designs I really loved, and as I examined that board, my own idea began to form.

Pinning only what really appeals to you also helps like-minded pinners find you. You may discover someone who really inspires you, as I did with artist Rowena Murillo.

3. Let Pinterest be what YOU want it to be. 

It’s a tool for you. If you want to catalog recipes, awesome! If you want to create outfits on Polyvore and share them, that’s cool, too.












You may be dreaming of your first home, or maybe you’re interested in going Paleo. It’s all there, but the site will serve you best if you remember that it’s your servant, basically. You create and share content that helps you.

I had a similar conversation with myself when starting Grammarish.

On this site I don’t have to post about a certain thing; unlike my last blog, which was tied to food, I can write about anything here. And there are no rules as to timing or length of posts, either. No guilt. Just a place to be myself and talk about what interests me, in hopes that it will at times be revelatory, useful, humorous, or inspiring to me and to others.


5 thoughts on “Series: Sites and Apps

  1. What a great post, Kristen! Well-written and very thoughtful, with very useful and practical tips for Pinterest-using. I have not hidden my disdain for Pinterest in the past, and it is still not one of my favorite sites. But, coincidentally, I have begun to find more uses for it as of late. I like what you said about finding ideas for your tattoo and using it as a tool to develop your own ideas. I am realizing it’s the perfect place for me to do that with fashion and home decorating. My taste as a 37-year old is evolving, and Pinterest is a great place to get ideas and post things that you see that you like and that are inspiring. I have never been a very visual person, so this is all very new to me. But I think I am finally starting to get it. 🙂 Again, not a site that I would use every day, but helpful when I need it!

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  2. Oooh – Ange brought up a good point about being visual – I’ve never thought about that before. I am very visual which is probably why I enjoy it so much.


  3. I thought about that after Angela’s initial reaction to Pinterest. It makes sense, and I hadn’t thought about it that way before. And obviously, it’s just not going to be some people’s groove, but I wondered what steps or ways of thinking about Pinterest could make it useful for people like Ange–kind of streamlining the services it can offer you, and highlighting appealing aspects.

    There are times I want to read articles, but there are times my brain just wants to look at pretty pictures and say: “that one.”


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