And that’s where Flickr comes in. By using Flickr, which has a partnership with Pinterest to provide attribution details for pins, you can ensure you always get attribution.
1. Join Flickr. You need an account, obviously.
2. Upload your photo or photos to Flickr. Make sure you add information in the description and tag fields. Include the photo in any sets you might have and target it to groups, too.
That won’t help for getting attribution on Pinterest, but it will help in getting your photos more eyeballs on the photo-sharing site.
3. Grab the HTML or BBCode from the photos you want to use. This is the code you need. When viewing an individual photo, click “Share” button, and then “Grab the HTML/BBCode.”
4. Embed the code in your blog post. Just paste the code wherever you want to to be in the blog post. Tweak the formatting as you see fit.
5. Publish your blog post. Yeah, you can’t get attribution unless your content is published. So now it’s just a matter of time until your content gets pinned, and your attribution shows up on Pinterest.
(As you can see in the example on this blog post, my Flickr name, polleydan, shows up on the Pinterest pin just below the text box.)
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Pinterest has been the topic of some of my blog posts this year, and it will be again. I have been investing some time and effort into the social site and experimenting with some
‘The Left Hand’
Pinterest is a visual site. That’s the No. 1 thing to keep in mind when you’re creating projects for the site.
As a writer, some of my favorite pieces to write are short stories — mine are usually less than 500 words. And I thought it would be fun to write on with Pinterest in mind.
Enter “The Left Hand.” It’s a visual short story with each paragraph written on a new pin.
Wisconsin Farms & Farmers
Thanks to inspiration from Cabot Cheese, I decided to pin photos of Wisconsin farms and farmers. It’s great to be able to see people who have a hand in producing the food I eat. If you know of any farms or farmers I should pin, please let me know.
I’d love to hear about the creative ways you’re using Pinterest. And I’d also love to hear what you think about “The Left Hand.”
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I said it before, and I believe it: 2012 will be the year of Pinterest.
If you’ve been on the social visual bookmarking site, you know how addicting it can be and how varied the ways you can use it. And if you’re new, maybe you just need a gentle push to get your imagination going.
Either way, don’t fret: Here are some tips on ways you can use the site.
1. Harness Your Inner Tumblog.
If you missed my last post, you missed some of my favorite Pinterest boards. The reason I mention that is because those boards are focused around a single detail, such as Ben Silberman’s Amper-sandwiches board. Take that to heart and curate specific, honed topics on Pinterest, just like some of the best Tumblogs.
2. Satiate Your Taste Buds by Meal Planning.
As a visual-heavy site, Pinterest lends itself well to food. Follow enough food boards and you’ll find that there’s not enough days in the week to cook all the delicious-looking meals. Take those pins you love, write down the ingredients and get to shopping. The meals won’t cook themselves!
3. Design Your Dream Home.
It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, condo or home. Plan out the visual style of your home based on color schemes, home furnishings and ideal spaces. Covet that dream kitchen or furnished outdoor space? Well, at least you can have it all on one pinboard.
4. Show Your Style.
From hair styles to makeup to clothing, Pinterest can serve as your virtual closet. Use the site to find new looks and change up your seasonal style. Or prepare your wardrobe for your next night on the town.
5. Craft to Your Heart’s Content.
Pins about DIY projects abound on Pinterest, so realize that you’ll spend a lot of time saying “Why didn’t I think of that?” It doesn’t matter that you didn’t think of the idea, grab some supplies and get to crafting.
6. Motivate and Be Fitfluential.
There’s a lot of motivation on the site. From athletes to those who want to eat healthier to those who need an extra push in everyday life, motivation is a key component on pinboards. And maybe you’ll be influential in fitness (fitfluential) to someone.
7. Travel Down Memory Lane.
Everyone gets nostalgic. But you don’t have to limit that to just one moment. Instead, create a board filled with everything you loved from your childhood. Maybe it’s He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or “Charles in Charge.” Whatever the case, use Pinterest to curate a board dedicated to your inner child.
8. Map Out Your Bucket List.
So what if you’ve never gotten around to writing down that list of everything you want to do before you die. Now you can create it visually. The blog Before I Die seems to be especially helpful.
9. Plan for that Family Expansion.
Are you expecting? Or maybe you’re adding a feline or canine friend to your home. Whatever the case, create a pinboard with ideas for how to handle the new family member. Starving for nursery ideas? You won’t be after a little time on the site.
10. Tap into Your Noggin.
Don’t limit yourself. Pinterest is still relatively new, so use that novelty to experiment and see how you can use the site in new ways. As I was writing this post, I had an idea for a new pinboard. I’ll share it as soon as I complete it.
What creative ways have you seen used on Pinterest?
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If you have any doubt, let me assure you: 2012 is the year of Pinterest. The social visual bookmarking site has grown exponentially in the past few months — its growth rivals that of Facebook — and I don’t see it stopping.
Some of these boards are unique in their subject while others are not as original in their topics. Yet they offer a genius look about content you can curate on Pinterest.
Ben is a Pinterest founder, and this board is full of ampersands, one of my favorite punctuation marks. You don’t have to be a grammar snob to love the beauty of the different typography, color and media.
This multi-contributor board is straightforward: It contains pins of brands, businesses and blogs Pinterest profiles. There’s a lot of fashion brands, but it’s not just that. This board was how I found about Cabot Cheese, which has a board mentioned below.
This one is of particular interest to me, as one of my other blogs is a food blog. The board curator takes food created by the Utah food blogging community and pins it on this board. This is a great idea to harness local eating campaigns, as followers who are from the area will be able to see what is in season.
We can talk about Etsy, sure, but if you haven’t heard of it, you should just check it out. This board is a compilation of amazing art, intriguing handmade objects and stunning photography.
There’s a lot of cute animal boards, and I’m partial to the puppy ones since I have two dogs. This is one of my favorite puppy boards as all of the pins are adorably repin-worthy. I dare you to look into those puppy eyes and not want to follow.
This is my favorite board on this list. Cabot curates this with photos of farms and farmers. It’s unclear whether all of these are farmers who are a part of Cabot, but I assume so. Regardless, it’s a great idea to humanize an integral part of the food system — and the photos are beautiful.
If you follow the Design Milk blog, you’ve been privvy to a plethora of amazing architecture and interior design pictures. And if you’ve wanted to see those awesome photos all in once place, you can do so now with this board.
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