The problem is, sometimes I just can't think of anything decent to photograph. I know what you're thinking... WWAAAAAAAAAT??? I know, I know...it seems impossible, incomprehensible, IN-CON-CEIV-ABLE! But sometimes....
I need some inspiration.
Pinterest comes in. I was referred to this website by an acquaintance on Twitter. I checked the site out and at first glance it proved interesting enough. It's a website where people can 'pin' anything that they find on the Internet to a set of customizable boards attached to your profile. It seemed to me that most of the site was visually based, so I figured I'd give it a try.
I had to request an invite, which is a little unusual for a social networking site, but whatever. It took about a day and a half to get an invite emailed to me, which wasn't too bad. Maybe by getting people to request an invite makes the site appear more appealing...possibly creating a sense of exclusivity...or a 'gotta have it' feeling.
Anyway, the set up was quick and easy, and there is a fantastic photography section that you can peruse. Pinterest allows you to 'repin' items from other users to your boards, or directly from the Internet using a 'pin' button that is easily installed on the bookmarks bar of your browser. Some websites, like mine, have a 'pin' button built right in for easy sharing! (good thinking, me!)
I have officially found my new inspiration! There are great photos and articles posted from every genre in an easy to navigate interface for simple sorting and browsing...love it!
If you have ever found yourself starving for new ideas, this is the place to be! The sheer volume of material posted on the site is amazing! I found myself spending maybe a little too much time browsing...but time well spent I think, because I always come away with a ton of new ideas!
Unfortunately, this could be seen as a way for people and companies to unabashedly promote themselves, but I guess this type of behaviour is frowned upon. Probably a good thing too, because it seems that too many people are taking advantage of social media and using it as a means to constantly catapult their spam at us!
If a user thinks your material is good enough to repin, you can bet that they will!
After a little digging, I found out that Pinterest has developed quite a bit of buzz in a very short period of time..I have included a link to an infographic from Mashable with some quick stats that is worth a look!
So if you are ever starved for for ideas, or are looking for something new to get those creative juices flowing, Pinterest might be just the place for you!
Are you already on Pinterest? Tell me what you think!