I’m officially a fan of Pinterest. In 2014 it helped me successfully grow client business (woodworking and advertising) and aided me in securing a contract to publish my first article in Popular Woodworking Magazine in 2015. I’ve been integrating Pinterest into my toolkit far more than I have in the past to aid in visual discovery, design inspiration and collaboration. On the whole, Pinterest boasts about a 2/3 female, 1/3 male split within it’s user base, more than doubling the number of males over the last year. As a contributor to the growing minority, my recent fandom has been driven by two factors:
With categories like Food & Drink, DIY & Crafts and Home Decor leading as the most frequently pinned content, woodworkers can find as much utility from Pinterest as a broader female demographic currently dominating the platform today. If you are female and a woodworker, then I’m probably preaching to the choir.
Pinterest offers ease and utility in finding, organizing and sharing just about anything we think is worthwhile on the internet. It offers tremendous volumes of information and visual references to some of the most niche of categories. At it’s core, pins are compelling imagery paired with relevant descriptions.
Pins resemble a visual ecosystem that has been built by and socialized through the masses to reflect interests, trends and the way humans define their world through taxonomy. I see Pinterest as a tool for consumers to use to collect and order things that interest them. This can be incredibly insightful in helping influence the content strategy for a brand or a blog. It helps inform how to approach your photography and descriptions. This became abundantly clear with a smaller project I was contracted to create for Rust-Oleum. Who would have thought that a Teak Bathroom Floor Mat would become my most pinned project to date? Sixty-six re-pins from my board, and another 579 from Rust-Oleum’s site.
Based on my experiences, I’m going to stick with Pinterest for a while in both of my jobs. It seems to be working so far.