Oh Pinterest, thou art the knight and shining armor of internet image sourcing and sharing! Sorry Google images, we had some good times (and from time to time still do), but Pinterest is my main squeeze these days... haha.
Pinterest is a picture sharing website that provides a unique feature called the 'Pin It' button, which you simply drag and drop on the shortcut menu bar of your browser. From that point forward, whenever you're on any website and spot some awesome pictures, you can simply click that 'Pin It' button and it enables you to "Pin" (add) any photo on that page to what is called a "Board" (a virtual inspiration board) - you can have one or thirty boards and name them/categorize them however you want! What makes this concept and tool so great is that it eliminates the need to save a billion photos to ones computer (that's a big problem for me, and even now I still save a bit of photos), also it tracks the source of the image and allows you to cite sources as well as offers an HTML embedding tool once "pinned" to your board. If you embed the image into your blog post with said HTML embedding feature, it will automatically provide a source citing at the bottom of the image - complete with links for easy reader reference (see images in my previous posts for examples)! Talk about stress relief and time saving!
If this is the first time you are hearing about Pinterest I suggest you hold onto your seat - it's pretty awesome. However if you're one of those people who applied to Pinterest and are desperately and impatiently waiting to be accepted and wondering why it's taking so long, let me be the one to break the bad news - it might not happen for a looooooong time. You see, it has been almost a year since I applied and I have yet to be accepted to this photographic secret society! Well, that's what it feels like right?? It's so exclusive that you have to apply and go on a virtual waiting list to be accepted? Meanwhile the exclusive few that got the first beta slots for testing it out (or however the heck it started, I don't know exactly) are able to send tons of invites to whoever they want for instant joining access, thereby creating some type of exclusive membership thingy... Soooo, how did I get in you ask? Well, I clicked on over to their Facebook page and saw that existing members of Pinterest were posting on the wall offering their "invitations" to anyone who wanted to join immediately. So I responded with my e-mail, and I kind stranger promptly sent me an invitation! I was thrilled...
As for the endless waiting to be accepted by Pinterest into their exclusive little photographic society? I say that is some cruel deprivation, and after receiving a comment on one of my posts from reader Linda about anxiously waiting to be accepted, I thought it was high time to pay it forward! I visited Linda's awesome cooking blog Dinner with the Welches: Eat, Drink, Live and, only after getting swept away and distracted by her delicious meals and thorough recipe sharing, I left her a comment asking her to send me her e-mail so that I could directly invite her to Pinterest. That immediately got me thinking about doing this post and offering all of my readers who are interested a direct invitation to Pinterest. I don't know what the cap is for sending invitations to friends, but I'll invite until they run out! So go ahead and comment on this post with your e-mail and I'll send you an invite! If you don't want to leave your e-mail address in the comment section, please feel free to send it to me in an e-mail at InspireBohemia@gmail.com.If you're already a Pinterest member, add me:
I'll be back within the hour with another Thanksgiving decor post!Catherinexoxo