February 17, 2016
Short week. We were off Monday, and I let you continue to refine your passion projects Tuesday. So the remaining three days calls for an interesting, easy, but useful app that could help with your passion project as well as combining this week’s assignment with your passion project update.
Pinterest. You may have heard of it. You may already have an account and 30 boards. In case you haven’t heard of it, it works like this: Pinterest is like a virtual bulletin board or bulletin boards. The app allows you to create “boards” based on topics you are interested in and then “pin” things you either discover in your feed or things you purposely search for.
Say you have a board for recipes (or if you’re hardcore, you might have one each for main courses, sides, breakfasts and desserts). You can “follow” people who “pin” items of interest to you. Those pins of your followers show up in your feed and you can re-pin items to your own boards. If you like the items a particular person pins, go see who they follow and follow some of their followers. This way you build your feed with more selections. But don’t stop at recipes. Interested in reading? Follow book lovers. Health? There are topics on that.
You can also use Pinterest to search for key words. Want recipes for chocolate chip cookies? Put it in the search bar. Photography? Search it. Pin what interests you to the board where you want to collect it. Need a new board? Make one.
The items that come across your feed are usually from blogs, sometimes articles, or just web pages, depending on the topic. One can pin something from any web page – works best if there is an image there – if you have a Pinterest app on your Chrome browser.
How can you search for info about your passion project? Begin by setting up an account. Remember your password. Pinterest will probably start by having you follow a few interests, but after your account is going, you can follow or unfollow any account you want. Set up a board or two that will help you with your passion project and start researching and pinning. You should probably go check out the item before pinning it to make sure it’s legit and useful. Sometimes it’s a bad link no one’s taken down.
By Friday, draft, seek feedback, revise and post to your blog a piece about what your passion project is and how you have used Pinterest in your research. You can make these separate posts, one laying out the plan for the project and another about how you used Pinterest or you can combine them. That’s up to you. You may choose to add a link to your Pinterest account if you’d like followers.