How To Clean Up Your Pinterest Boards

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I love Pinterest, but taking pictures, writing content and publishing them on the internet  is hard work, and on Pinterest the original source is often lost. Because I was sick of clicking through to false links, third-party advertisers or just blank pages and because my pins were starting to take overhand, I thought it was about time, I got started hunting down sources, adding fitting comments and sub-categorizing even further. Here is how:

1. Start With One Board.

Pinterest Board with Under Construction HeadlineI added an “under construction” description to this board. It`s my “Home” one, full of pins that I will likely never look at again if they are not broken down into specific rooms.

2. Look for Easy Sources. 

Source of a pinterest picture

You see that grey, bold text line? That`s the source of the picture. Apartmenttherapy.com is a site you might know, they blog mostly about home design, it`s likely that this pin on my “Home” board was originally posted on this website. Go ahead and click through to the source to check whether you can find the image and it seems to be it`s place of origin. You can? Good, then it`s time for personalizing!

3. Make the Picture Relevant. 

Edit Pin Page on PinterestFirst, add your own description. Why is this pin relevant to you? What do you like, or what does it show? Think of it like an alternative text (the descriptive text shown when images on the internet cannot be displayed). Next, paste the correct link into the link box, in case you found a better source. And finally, choose a board or create a new one – for me this pin on the right will from now on be found on my “Living Room” board.

4. Tackle the “Bad Pins”. 

Pinterest Pin with a Bad SourceThis next picture I have is one from Tumblr. Tumblr, it`s a wonderful place for finding mostly inspirational pictures, but usually the original source is lost. Sometimes you can click through to it or find a hint on the website, otherwise, it`s time to save the picture on your desktop and…

5. Reverse Google.

Reverse Google LayoutGo to Google Images, click on the little camera icon on the right side of the search bar and upload your picture. Likely, it will spit out a relevant term and all the sites on which this or similar pictures have been used. Sometimes, you can find a source on the image, a watermark or name (usually to be found in the corners or along the sides), this could help narrow down the list of links.

If you were lucky and found a source, great job! Now go back an repeat step number 3 before the fun begins!

6. Make Boards Relevant.

Edit Board Screen on Pinterest

Categorize your boards, it really just takes a second! I also like to add a fun quote (you could use a description) as seen below.

Board Headline on Pinterest

7. Make it Trackable. 

Adding a description to a picture in Mac.

Finally, dear context creators, make your pictures easily trackable. Add a relevant description to your picture titles before uploading them to the internet and add your website link! The extra bonus? Whoever pins a picture from your site will get the title (or the alt text, if you add one) as a proposed picture description. It`s likely that many don`t even edit this, making your source stick out even more.

8. Don`t Give Up.

Don`t fall back into re-pinning pictures without sources later, and keep strong, eventually you will have worked through your pins. Hopefully more people will do this soon!

By the way, you can find my Pinterest right here.

Playlist Thursday – Refreshed for 2013

Another Thursday, another Playlist! This week, the theme is to post something old, current and to consider that is new on your playlist. For a fresh start to the new year!

Playlist Thursday Logo by the Pavement Runner

Something Old

Artist: Sally Oldfield
Title: Woman Of The Night
Side Note: The 80s! Not a song I listen to on runs necessarily but when shutting off on the couch, watching the snowflakes fall, drinking a cup of hot tea. I found this in parents CD collection by chance and think it`s “interesting” – still not sure if it`s a good interesting or not.
Quotable: “It`s dark in the street but it feels like // Heaven is all around me!”

Something Current

Artist: Maddi Jane
Title: Barricade
Side Note: I`m obsessed with this little girl. Heck, she`s just a child! And her voice is just amazing, don`t you think? Just put this onto my current go-to running playlist. (Erika, you could like this girl!)
Quotable: “So no matter how far, whatever it takes // You will make it through the day, I`m your barricade”

Something to Consider

Artist: Bill Lovelady
Title: One More Reggae For The Road
Side Note: As crazy as it sounds, I have this song in a Reggae Mix that came on during a recent run when I had my music on shuffle. Hours later I found myself humming the chorus. So much positive energy, don`t you think?
Quotable: “Gonna sing it to you before I go // Everybody!”

#Janathon Day 3

  • 4 miles

These four miles will bring a whole community one step closer to the moon. Why, you ask? Because in honour of Neil Armstrong – the first man on the moon – Tribesports member Nick B set up a challenge to “reach the moon”. And you don`t even have to run to get there. In this virtual challenge every lap in the pool, mile on a bike or rowing on the water counts. It`s “just” 384,400 km and the community wants to reach that goal before Neil Armstrong`s next birthday on the 5th of August. Click on the picture to get to the challenge.

RUN TO THE MOON Challenge poster from Tribesports via WithAnna.Wordpress.com

PT Mollie`s Virtual Training Group

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Join the fun! Starting January 14. Mollie Millington is starting a new – her sixth – round of the eight week long Virtual Training Group. Starting out with three SMART goals you are ready to go for weekly e-mails with articles, tips and Mollie`s report. It really is the perfect time to join, you don`t need gym buddies (you don`t even need a gym!) or friends to rely on for your early morning runs. All you need is some resolutions for the new year that you want to keep. That`s easy, right? It could be anything, like an exercise routine, healthy eating habits, you name it.

Head over to Millie`s blog to find out more and sign up before January 14., I am really exited to take part in this and I`m sure, judging from all of the positive responses to previous training groups hosted by Millie, you would enjoy it too.

The very best aspect? For first-timers the virtual training group is free, for veterans, you are asked to pay a very affordable sum of $15 (that is for the full cycle).