You Need Pinterest. I'll Bet You A Bubble Bath On That.

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Welcome to BlogHer.com's Pinterest edition, where our community is sharing how incredibly effective this new site is for sharing terrific, image friendly ideas online. Think Flickr meets Twitter meets Your Blog -- and all the traffic that would entail.

Hi everyone,

Once upon a time, I abruptly abandoned a ten-year-tradition of reading glossy magazines in the bathtub. Why? Because I loved my laptop more than bubble bath and I fell madly in love with the sites it showed me: Flickr.com and Etsy.com. I loved these sites, spending hours mooning over layouts of backyard gazebos I could stencil by hand with soy ink, doughnuts with sprinkles, and bedazzled lingerie Ithe most frequent use of which would be to snag my best t-shirts while I cleaned house on Saturday mornings). Practical stuff. I used these sites black and blue. I linked them. I linked them again.

And then, one day, like the fickle woman I am, I found a new love: Pinterest.com. And lo, it was yummy.

Welcome to BlogHer.com's Pinterest edition, where our community is sharing how incredibly effective this new site is for sharing terrific, image friendly ideas online. Think Flickr meets Twitter meets Your Blog -- and all the traffic that would entail.

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What is Pinterest?

Our community experts say you need to know:

5 Reasons Why Pinterest Deserves Attention

by Cdahle

"For me it is like having all of the best pictures taken out of Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and Martha Stewart and combined all in one place. And lucky for me it is not just things I have liked--like Facebook and Twitter, you "follow" people and you can see all of the great ideas and things they like and have shared. The best part: there are more than just pictures. There are instructions and DIY details. Now instead of seeing some great centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table and wondering how I can create it, there are actually details on how it was made or ideas on how you could do it yourself. In one week's time, I've definitely become an addict."

Pinterest Tutorial: Getting Started

by Val Curtis

A real how-to, with screenshots: "You know how you always see something somewhere and then you try to find it and you can't. Story of my life and since the Momnesia has set in, it isn't any easier ... Now there is Pinterest. It is a visual bulletin board of sorts and it even allows its users to create categories to help organize their ideas."

Pinterest and Book Blogging: Use the Latest Social media Craze to Your Site's Advantage

by Mandy_wellreadwife

"Oddly enough, I find that I am getting almost as many hits on The Well-Read Wife from pinning my posts to Pinterest as I do from posting them to Twitter. At first I found this weird because I have over 2700 Twitter followers and only 57 Pinterest followers. So why am I receiving as nearly as many hits from Pinterest as I am from Twitter?"

10 Things Pinterest Should Do Right Now

by Erica

This spicy feedback from a Design Blahg-ger proves that no product is ever perfect. But look, she cares enough to provide these spicy please-get-better notes, which is huge.

Bottom line: If you're a blogger who works in a visual medium -- you know who you are, you cooks, parents, Marthas (and Not), brides, architects, geeks -- this site is a gold mine of new opportunity and new readers. AND doughnuts with sprinkles.

So tell me ... will Pinterest replace Flickr and Etsy in your heart too? And what about Instagram? I'm willing to fill a bathtub with bubbles and wrestle over this...

Lisa Stone, BlogHer Co-founder

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