"How can I be included in your Must-Follow Interior Design Pinners On Pinterest directory?"
I’m asked this question a lot — really, a lot. Ever since I began building this list everyone wants to know how they can be featured in it.
Throughout all the time I've spent on Pinterest I've discovered — what I feel to be — the best qualities and practices of a Must-Follow Pinner, and this post outlines the criteria I believe one must meet. So, if you're one of the many who would like to see your profile featured in future updates of my Must-Follow Interior Design Pinners On Pinterest directory, or you just want to become a more follow-worthy Pinner in general, these benchmarks are worth pinning by.
Heads-up: Friday evening (7/11/14) I'm releasing the updated version of my "Must-Follow Interior Design Pinners On Pinterest" directory. It's FREE and can't be missed. Details on how to access it are at the bottom of this post. ;-)
1. Quantity: I like to see Pinners with at least 10,000 pins.
Quantity is important. It shows us you’re really passionate about this interior design addiction we all have. I mean, who wants to follow someone who randomly flits in and out of Pinterest when we are all here grazing and craving some eye candy! Personally, I want to follow people who produce!
Btw: You will soon find out while perusing my updated "Must-Follow Interior Design Pinners On Pinterest" directory, there are a handful of previous inductees who have racked up less than 10k Pins. My excuse: I selected them prior to establishing my new criteria. Oh, and while 10,000 pins is important, it's not mandatory if you have some other awesome characteristics. :-)
2. Style: Do you have it?
While I’m not one to pin in one particular style, I appreciate those who do. As a matter of fact, it’s rather awe inspiring. I find it hard to hold back pinning certain styles because I like a lot of variety and appreciate what each style — of course, only when done well — can bring. However, when I find someone with a remarkable eye for one particular interior style, I find them particularly captivating and definitely worth a follow. For me, it shows passion.
3. Interesting Boards: Get creative!
When I look at my 183 boards, I sometimes think “Yuck!”, because I didn't have this all planned out at the beginning and just started pinning away, with no purpose in mind. Some of my boards feel cross-pollinated or random and I don’t like them so much anymore but also don’t want to delete. (Yes, I obsess over visuals.)
What should we do to prevent this from happening? We need to learn from our fellow Pinners who don’t seem to share the same problem. These people take time to create really unique boards that tell a story. They have unusual and profound titles for their boards with really expressive, visually succinct collections of images. They make me feel completely inadequate in the Pinning Arena!
What criteria do YOU think Must-Follow inductees should meet?
Let me know in the comments below.
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