Many of the blogs in the Foodies100 feature gorgeous pictures of food, ingredients and kitchens – we have some amazingly talented photographers in our community.
If your blog has great photos, then we suggest checking out Pinterest, a fairly new social network that lets users share inspirational images by ‘pinning’ them to mood boards that can be viewed by friends, and other users of the network.
Once you’ve signed up for Pinterest (you need to be invited by someone who has an account) then you can share images online with people who follow you. This is easier if you download the “pin now” button to your browser toolbar, allowing you to pin images from virtually any web page you visit.
Within your Pinterest account, you’ll be able to create multiple mood boards and organise them as you choose. Boards may be grouped by colour, food group, mood, or time of year – it’s completely up to you. Each time you add an image to a board, you’ll be asked to post a quick description, and add ‘tags’ to your image – this helps your images be found by other Pinterest users.
Pinterest is also a fantastic source of inspiration for bloggers, and you’ll find thousands of recipes, meal plans, dining rooms and baking projects on the site. You can “follow” any other user of the site, if you like their boards. And if you find an image you love, you can re-pin it, and add it to one of your own boards, while sharing it with your own followers.
You can also create collaborative boards so that other users can pin photos onto one of your boards. This could be a really useful tool if you run a regular feature on your blog that other bloggers join in with. To allow other users to pin to your board you need to change your settings from ‘Just Me’ to ‘Me + Contributors’ using the Edit button. You need to make sure you are following at least one of their boards before you can add some one as a contributor.
Many bloggers say that Pinterest is a great source of new traffic – for sites with lots of attractive images, Pinterest may well become your biggest source of new visits.
If you write product reviews, it may also be worth pinning your review images to Pinterest and creating gift guides. Craft projects are also extremely popular on the site, particularly those with tutorials.
If you’d like to get started on Pinterest and need an invite, just leave a comment on this post, and one of the Foodies100 team will invite you from their account.
Looking for people to follow on Pinterest? Why not get started with these brilliant foodie bloggers on Pinterest?
Sian from Fishfingers for tea
Katy from The Feel-good Foodbook
Helen from The Crazy Kitchen
Julia from Jujubean2401′s Blog
Claire from Purely Food
Helen from Nelly’s Cupcakes
Natasha from Amelie’s House
Anne from I Heart Cupcakes
Jules from Butcher, Baker
Claire from Things we make
Do you already use Pinterest? Let us know your username so we can follow you and tell us how you use Pinterest.