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Pin it Forward UK

Uncategorized | 2nd June 2013 | By

Pinterest should come with a health warning: it can be seriously addictive. When I first heard about Pinterest a couple of years ago, I didn’t quite understand why people were getting so excited, but as soon as I realised it was all about collecting and organising images that act as reminders or inspiration, I was hooked; let’s just say it appeals to my librarian mind again.

Picture courtesy of Jac from Tinned Tomatoes

So what is Pinterest exactly? The easiest way to think of it is as a giant virtual pinboard of images, divided into sections. Pictures from the internet or ones that are downloaded from private collections are pinned onto boards according to theme. These pictures can be seen by anyone and subsequently repinned onto someone else’s board and so it goes on. All pins link back to the original source, so if I pin a picture from Chocolate Log Blog, wherever it gets pinned and by whoever there will always be a link back to my blog. As with all social media, it’s all about sharing. Group boards are another example of this; they can have any number of invited members who can pin directly to that board, creating a more diverse range of pins or for sharing very specific topics.

Unsurprisingly, with my passion for food in general and chocolate in particular, my boards are mostly food related, whether it’s growing, preparing or eating it. The first board I created was Chocolate Log Blog, which features chocolate creations I’ve posted on my blog. My other chocolate related boards include Chocolate to Love, We Should Cocoa and Chocolate Bakes. The last two are group boards. The former is shared with We Should Cocoa participants (a monthly blogging event) who can pin their entries directly. The latter is a board for sharing chocolate bakes with like minded chocolate fans. Recently I have become interested in goat’s cheese and chocolate as a combination, so last week I started a new chocolate and cheese board which I’m quite excited about.

Picture courtesy of Jac from Tinned Tomatoes

Chocolate is by no means my only food interest. We grow and forage some of the food we eat and preserving this is key, so I have a board on ideas of how to achieve this: Fermented and Preserved. I am a vegetarian and always looking for inspiration on how to expand my cooking repertoire; Food to Make is the board where I pin recipes I’ve spotted and would like to try. A small but hopefully growing board is The Field where I pin pictures of food we’ve grown or would like to grow. Last year was such an appalling season, that I had nothing to pin.

If you haven’t already joined Pinterest, I invite you to do so now and follow my board Chocolate Log Blog.

As with all the big social media applications, Pinterest was conceived in the United States just a few short years ago. Not surprisingly it has a bit of an American bias but Pinterest are keen for this to change. They have launched a Pin it Forward UK campaign to not only make Pinterest more welcoming to UK users but to showcase some of the terrific UK bloggers who are pinning out there.

Pin it Forward UK is a means of passing on the news from one blogger to another. Jac of Tinned Tomatoes introduced me and now it is my turn to introduce Katherine MacGregor who blogs over at Lady loves Cake and has rather a mouthwatering selection of posts on her afternoon tea experiences. On Pinterest, she has an eclectic mix of boards reflecting her interest in not only cake, but also travel, fashion and London, to name but a few. I am now keenly following her London Afternoon Tea board in the hope of making it up to London one day, loaded with cash to make a tour of the capital’s chocolatiers and tea shops. Do pay Katherine’s blog a visit tomorrow to find out more.

5 Comments

  1. belleau kitchen

    2nd June 2013 at 5:52 pm

    it’s such a lovely idea and I do have a pinterest account but I feel it’s yet another thing I have to remember to do in my busy life… I should stop being so negative and go visit I guess!

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  2. Gloria Baker

    2nd June 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I love pinterest always Im adding beauty food!!

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  3. Lauren Michaels

    2nd June 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for participating in Pin It Forward UK! You have found so many amazing food recipes on Pinterest! I can’t stop looking through all of your delicious, chocolate recipes (yum!). I need to try making the Chocolate Key Lime Pie- delicious! Lauren, Community Coordinator

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  4. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

    3rd June 2013 at 7:19 am

    You sound as if you are using Pinterest as it was supposed to be used, to pin and share your own stuff and those of people who have agreed to share their images and I think that is fantastic !

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  5. Karen S Booth

    4th June 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Great idea, I will see if I have time to get involved and share my favourite board! Karen

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