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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Send someone a handmade Valentine Pin

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We’re playing cupid this year, so we and a few of our designer friends handmade Pinterest-inspired Valentines that you can send to anyone from new friends to eternal flames.

Each Pin has a different look and feel so you can pick the right amount of sugar or spice. See them all on our Send a Valentine board.

Follow Pinterest’s board Send a Valentine on Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Your Pinterest secret admirers

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Caz and Craig: travel bloggers and parents

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Caz and Craig are a happily married couple from Australia with two beautiful kids. But they have a secret: they are full time travelers! Armed with a mission to show you that “travel doesn’t have to stop after kids”, the two are the visionaries behind the travel blog, YTravelBlog where they share secrets on how to live your travel dreams. They used to collect travel magazines, rip out photos, and glue them onto big pieces of cardboard to find inspiration. But now, read how they use Pinterest to dream, plan and jump into the unknown.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. How did you meet and get bit with the traveling bug? Were you both adventurous from the start?

We both grew up in the same small town on the east coast of Australia, but didn’t really know each other until our early twenties. Caz moved to London for 2 years straight after graduating from University and put her teaching degree to good use. During that time she traveled the UK, Europe and Asia before returning home to Oz, but still had very itchy feet.

It was then that we both got to know each other. Craig shared Caz’s passion for travel and his big dreams of also living overseas and traveling the world. We got married, and 3 days after our wedding took off on a 5-year honeymoon, which involved working holidays living in Bangkok teaching English, a year living in Dublin, and 4 years living in Raleigh, North Carolina. We traveled extensively in the UK, Asia, Africa and the USA.

We are now both full-time on our travel blog, having turned our passion for travel into a full-time lifestyle. It’s a dream come true. Caz left her teaching career and Craig left the construction industry. We’re currently on a 1 year road trip around Australia with our two kids, blogging and pinning as we go. So we are full-time bloggers, parents and travelers and time management is definitely tough, with no two days the same. But, we are living our passion and spending quality time with our kids so the benefits far outweigh the struggles.

How did the blog come about?

After living and traveling the world for 8+ years we’ve always been a part of the travel community, and we love sharing tips and stories with other travelers. Plus Caz has always loved writing in her journal and Craig taking photos, so starting a travel blog was a natural progression. And we needed to find a way to feed our travel addiction, to have time-freedom and be able to live where we want, when we want. So becoming location independent has always been a huge desire.

Our blog is 3.5 years old now and we are grateful for the lifestyle it has enabled us to live, the people we have been able to connect with around the world, and the brands we have been able to partner with on campaigns.

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How do you plan your trips, especially now with kids? Are your trips less adventurous and more laid back now?

Our list of places we want to see is endless, and continues to grow. But sometimes we enjoy going back to familiar places as well. As for traveling with kids, we say this all the time to others, travel doesn’t have to stop after having kids! Whilst our style of travel has evolved over the years now that we have a 6 and 2 year old, and we don’t move as fast as we did, traveling as a family and creating lifelong memories together is so important to us.

We love the outdoors, as do our kids, and we still get out in nature and go hiking and bike riding and being adventurous. Whilst we do visit “attractions for kids” and try to find the balance between adult activities for us, we’re not the type to hang out in aquariums, museums and playgrounds, preferring to get out there and explore and meet the people and eat the local food.

Travel with kids needn’t be a hassle and it can be one of the best experiences you have as a family. It’s just about paying attention to their needs and finding plenty of rest time and having enough activities for them to do along the way. Bored and overtired children become cranky and frustrated kids in a hurry—parents moods soon follow!

Our top 3 tips for travel with kids would be:

1. Slow Down - spend more time in fewer places. Plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt if solo or as a couple.

2. Determine Your Preferences - sit down with your whole family and discuss your ideas and interests. Memorable trips are those where each member of the family gets to experience something they love.

3. Stay in Apartments or Vacation Rentals - most big-city hotel rooms were not built for families with young kids. With an apartment you get more space, thicker walls, a kitchen, a washing machine, and separate bedrooms. These facilities can make your trip so much more enjoyable.

How do your kids like traveling?

They didn’t have a choice, they chose us, lol. But seriously, they love it. They are both adventurous by spirit, social and have come to understand the benefits of travel and the memories created far outweigh any hassles.

We stumbled upon your Bucket list board with 4.2 million followers! How have you used Pinterest to find inspiration and come across new experiences?

Our bucket list board is easily our biggest and it’s mostly for travel inspiration, those dream destinations we ALL want to visit. This board is not just for us as the curators, but for all our followers to get inspired to live their travel dreams. “A pictures tells a thousand words” as they say, and there is no better way to inspire a trip and stir emotion than through travel photos.

Before Pinterest, we used to collect travel magazines and rip out photos to pin to a cork board. Or we glued photos on a big piece of cardboard and called it our travel bucket list board or vision board. Now we use Pinterest.

Follow Caz and Craig @yTravelBlog’s board Bucket List on Pinterest.

What we love about Pinterest, and what separates it from say Facebook and Instagram, is that things stay where we put them and are easy to find again, for us and others. So we LOVE using Pinterest for travel planning and sharing. There are essentially 4 phases of travel: Dream, Plan, Experience, Share. And Pinterest lends itself perfectly to all phases. By creating our boards into topics, and then pinning photos and blog posts to those boards, we can easily organize and categorize our travel planning and travel tips.

We’re currently pinning our way around Australia on a one year road trip using our Australia travel board and the cool new feature “Place Pins”, which helps people to locate a destination and plan their own travels. This is a great tool for sharing your trip afterwards, by highlighting points of discovery such as places you eat, where you stayed, things you saw, which your followers can then benefit from. We’ve also created a Sydney place pins board sharing our insider tips on things to see, do, eat, stay in Sydney.

Besides clicking on the travel category, we also use the “Search bar” to research new places, pins and boards. But our favourite way to find the best photos is to use the “Related Pins” function where you see other images from the same destination or topic as the original photo you clicked on, simply by scrolling down.

We recently published an in-depth blog post on How to Use Pinterest for Traveling Planning that outlines how we get the most out of Pinterest.

Pinterest has become a HUGE part of our business. Alone it brings in over 120,000 unique visitors per month to our blog. We also get many emails from people who say they discovered us on Pinterest so it’s been a great way to build our audience and bring new eyeballs to our site. And with new features coming out on Pinterest, the future is exciting and we’re just getting started.

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Browsing your blog, it seems like you’ve got the earth covered! What’s next?

We’re 4 months into our year long road trip around Australia. After that we have plans to road trip the USA for at least one year, and finally hit Europe for about 4-6 months. Our youngest daughter will be 5 years old by then so we hope to finally settle down somewhere, put the kids back into traditional school, and take shorter regional trips.

Let the adventures continue!

Thanks Caz and Craig for bringing us into your adventures with the family. If you want to see where they’re currently in the world, visit their blog and Pinterest boards!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Pinterest Picks: Weekly Roundup 02/07/14

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Every Friday, we showcase your favorite Pins and boards right here on the blog. They usually revolve around funny out-of-the box videos, pictures, and basically anything you guys send to me that’s popular or trending amongst the Pinterest community!

This week, we pair drinks with food, get dressed for fashion week, make Valentines Day a better experience for everyone, and end with a dachshund diss.

Power Combos - Food and Drink:

A weekend culinary date night indoors doesn’t need to be a disaster. In fact, use these cheat sheet pins to pair your dishes with wine and beer. It’ll tantalize the taste buds off your dinner company and set the mood straight. And if not, well hey, you can simply try another combination solo, right?

Love is in the air:

So if you haven’t been inside a department store or been witness to all the red this month, then let me remind you: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So if you’re either feeling warm on the inside or rolling your eyes at this holiday, Pinners Brandon Thompson and Brett Christensen have figured out a way to make February 14th feel a lot better for everybody -

A board with subtle hints for the other half:

Follow Brandon Thompson’s board Valentines Day Gifts For Him on Pinterest.

A board with quick romantic notes, guaranteed to swoon the ladies:

Follow Brett Christensen’s board For My Wife on Pinterest.

Fashion week - street style from a schwinn:

Fashion Week 2014 starts in New York this week. What better way to dig deep into the history of style than to follow Bill Cunningham, a New York Times photographer, who has been a street photographer for decades. Currently 85 years old and still biking the streets on his schwinn photographing people, character, and culture. A tip from Pinner, Patsy Hatt. Be sure to catch his documentary thanks to this movie pin!

Getting lost in your eyes (GIF):

I hope everyone’s week is ending better than this relationship:

Have some more Pinterest gems to share? Simply CLICK HERE to submit your own Pins or boards. I’ll take a look and share them every Friday for everyone to turn any end of the week frowns upside down.

I’ll see you back here next Friday.

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

A more mobile Pinterest

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As we launch in new countries around world, we want to make it easy for everyone to access Pinterest—no matter where you are or what device you’re using. That’s why we recently updated our mobile website.

Now when you visit pinterest.com on mobile, you’ll see the latest version of Pinterest, with a cleaner design and the same features (like more useful pins and related pins) you’d get on the web or our mobile app.

The iOS and Android apps are still the fastest way to access Pinterest, but if you don’t have the apps, the mobile site is a great alternative. Stay tuned for more mobile updates over the next few months!

—Tracy Chou, Software Engineer, Currently pinning to bookshelf

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Breathe easy this Valentine’s Day

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Valentines Day is a sneaky holiday. I say that because every year, the day creeps up out of nowhere and I realize last minute that I need plan something thoughtful and from the heart. It usually ends with me making a mad dash to the flower shop, scrambling for last minute reservations, and then ultimately getting yelled at by my wife. It happens every year.

But thanks to Pinterest, this year is going to be different. Check out these Pins to help the last minute planners like me relax, plan, and prepare for Valentines Day.

DIY GIFTS: Don’t have time to run to the store for a gift? Take a deep breath. This gift requires only two items and a thoughtful note to your other half.

DON’T JUST SAY IT, DO IT: Even the smallest of gestures can go a long way on this day. Here are quick ways to show your affection:

Follow Erin Lu’s board Love: Ways to Say I Love You on Pinterest.

MASTER PLANS: If you’re SOI (significant other impaired) like me, then these last minute date ideas are the winning secret playbook:

Or if you think ahead, check out this travel board for a romantic getaway:

Follow Morgan Nicole’s board Sensational and Romantic Getaways on Pinterest.

TURN UP THE HEAT: Looking to set the mood afterwards? Find items around the house and light that fire:

Or, for the cuddlers out there -

There’s more where that came from. So if you’re name is Forgetful Frank around Valentines Day, don’t panic. Jump on Pinterest and browse through romantic gift and event ideas to impress your other half.

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Share your travel #Pinspiration

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Here at Pinterest, we’re all about discovering and experiencing new places. In fact, a lot of us have place boards of our adventures around the world. This has prompted a huge map in our lobby, us launching in different languages like Korean and Indonesian, and a major itch for travel

Now, we want to hear about your travel pinspirations. Tweet us your pinspirations to @Pinterest this Friday, February 7th, between 10-11am PST. Need a little travel spark? Our Pincierge will send you a Pin or a board to help fuel your vision. Just add the hashtag #Pinspiration to your tweet and ask away.

Here are a few conversation topics buzzing around the office that’ll help you with an initial excursion brainstorm:

-travel destination bucket lists

-travel activities

-adventure and thrills

-landmarks

-amazing architectures

-delicious dishes

-wild animals

-exclusive hotels

-visiting colleges and universities

-seeing family and friends

-experiencing a new city

And here are a few boards we found that are at the top of our #pinspiration travel list:

Wonders of the world

Follow Doina Ciobanu’s board 1001 wonders of the world on Pinterest.

Road tripping cross country

Follow Kayleigh Norman’s board 30th birthday: Route 66 road trip on Pinterest.

International nom-noms

Follow Sherry Mulder’s board INTERNATIONAL FOODS on Pinterest.

How to travel on a budget

Follow Penny Smart’s board Budget Friendly Traveling Tips on Pinterest.

We’re eager to seeing you on Twitter and learning about your travel year!

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Paul O’Connor: Comic book blogger

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According to Paul O’Connor, when a story is told visually with words and pictures, it engages your senses by harnessing the power of your imagination in a way only a few novels and films can match. This experience is what led Paul to dive deep into the world of comic books and become the mastermind behind the successful blog, Longbox Graveyard. But now, with decades of new and old content, characters and stories, how does Paul store, discover, and bring these senses to life? The answer is Pinterest.

Can you give us a background? How did you get introduced to comics and then pursue it as a serious hobby?

As noted in my very first entry on my blog, Longbox Graveyard, the “Golden Age” of everything is “twelve”. I first discovered comics when I was twelve, and the hobby took deep root right from the beginning. I drifted in and out of comics several times in the years that followed, only to return more committed than ever before, founding my blog to chronicle my attempt to pare down my comics “accumulation” into a “collection,” while also coming to terms with how comics have changed in the four decades since I plucked my first funnybook off the rack.

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What excites you about comic books?

There’s so much nostalgia now - revisiting comics from my youth, remembering what they were like the first time around, reflecting on who I was then and how much of me is still that little kid from the 1970s. But I’ve also developed a healthy appreciation for the form in its own right. When a story is told visually, with words and pictures playing together in proper measure, a comic can deliver a tale in a way few other forms can match. Comics don’t tell internal stories so well as novels, and they don’t tell external stories as well as film — but they are very good at telling fantastic, visual stories that engage the senses by harnessing the power of your imagination to create sounds, voices, and the passage of time in very personal ways that film cannot match. The best comics provide the immediacy of film with the deep character development of novels — those are the comics that excite me the most.

Was there a moment, or maybe a specific comic, that was the catalyst for the blog?

For the blog, specifically, the catalyst was sitting in a movie theater next to my twelve year old, seeing the first Thor movie, and having him turn to me and say, “Do you have any Thor comics, dad?” And the answer was that I had hundreds of them, but with no easy way of finding them or sharing them with my son, because my collection was scattered all over the garage in a kind of graveyard of comic book long boxes. With that realization, my blog was born, to keep me on track as I brought order to my collection; it has since grown to become a more general comics blog, but still focuses on the comics from the 60s, 70s, and 80s that I most enjoyed as a youth.

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We’ve been browsing through your boards, learning about various protagonists, antagonists, and even new characters we’ve never heard about such as your “Malibu characters” boards! How do you use Pinterest?

I started off using Pinterest to warehouse images that I needed for Longbox Graveyard — as a visual pinboard, it’s superior to sorting through lists of file names on a computer. That “Malibu Comics” board results from putting together a retrospective panel on Malibu Comics a couple years ago for San Diego Comic-Con. Likewise, many of my Pinterest boards grew out of articles originally published at Longbox Graveyard, but while a board might be colonized by Steve Ditko Spider-Man images captured for a specific blog, over time the board will grow into its own thing as I pin similar images during my daily trips around the web.

Are there any new characters, comics, or anything unknown in the comic book world you’ve uncovered or discovered via Pinterest?

Collecting images for Pinterest has brought some new-to-me artists to my attention. I’ve come to appreciate both Bruce Timm (who has his own board at my Pinterest page) and Des Taylor — they come to comics from the pinup and animation traditions, which are fields I don’t know very well. I love how their work is at the same time modern and nostalgic, with cheesecake elements that don’t feel exploitative. I’ve also come to a renewed appreciation for comics artist Steve Rude while assembling my boards — I find myself collecting his images more and more — and may not have realized how much I like him if not for Pinterest!

We caught your “Bad guys” boards with a variety of eclectic artwork. How does art play in terms of your comic experience, especially via Pinterest?

I’m more interested in characters and narrative than art for its own sake, which is why many of my Pinterest boards show full comics pages or panel sequences rather than pin-ups or covers. That “Bad Guys” board, in particular, is kind of a catch-all board for images that don’t have a home on a character-specific board just yet (which accounts for the eclectic nature of the art on display). When I notice that board has a dozen or so images of a specific comics bad guy, I’ll split them off into their own board, such as my “Galactus” and “Red Skull” boards.

Follow Longbox Graveyard’s board Bad Guys on Pinterest.

This is probably a very hard question, but is there a comic or character that is at the top of your favorite list, and why?

That is hard to narrow down. There are my sentimental favorites from childhood, like Captain America, and slightly more contemporary comics runs, like Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, that spring to mind. Every comic that I’ve reviewed gets a letter grade at Longbox Graveyard, but I don’t review everything I read — there are several current comics that I enjoy, but I leave those to other sites. If I had to go to a desert island with the work of only one creator, I could happily read Will Eisner’s The Spirit for the rest of my days, but I don’t expect The Spirt himself would crack my Top Twenty comics heroes. There are books I like for the characters, books I like for style and craft, books I like for nostalgia, and everything in between.

For a comic book novice, where would you advise one to start?

For a true novice there’s still no better point-of-entry than a good comics shop. Unfortunately, a good comics shop can be hard to find. If you walk into a shop and it feels like some dank cave, or a boy’s club, or someone’s bedroom, then don’t waste your time. But if its a vibrant shop with clean fixtures and recent stock, and a friendly staff that listens to you before making recommendations, then you’ve struck gold — they are absolutely worth your business. My only advice (with any shop) is for new readers to visit on weekends, rather than mid-week when the regular customers come in to pick up their new comics, as those are peak hours for comics shops and you may be lost in the shuffle. The other things new readers should keep in mind is that superhero comics, for the most part, aren’t terribly similar to their big-screen counterparts save in the broadest outline, so someone enjoying Christian Bale as Batman may be adrift when they walk into the store and see a dozen different Batman titles on the rack. Again, this is a place where a good shop can steer you in the right direction and keep an open mind as you explore this art form. I’d any new reader a dollar that they’re going to end up liking something they’d never considered when they walked through the shop door.

Thank you Paul for taking us on a behind the scenes look into the comic book world. If you want to see more amazing comics, characters, and stories, visit Paul’s blog and Pinterest boards!

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Pinterest Picks: Weekly Roundup 01/31/14

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Hi, I’m Pari (rhymes with cherry, and yes, like the platypus). I work here on the Marketing team at Pinterest. Every Friday, I showcase your favorite Pins and boards right here on the blog. They usually revolve around funny out-of-the box videos, pictures, and basically anything you guys send to me that’s popular or trending amongst the Pinterest community!

This week, we take a trip back to the 90’s, talk football Sunday, ring in the new year (again?), and check out what’s making stomach’s grumble on Pinterest.

Get in my belly:

The most watched sports broadcast of the year is this weekend. So, if you’re planning on turning up the volume in front of the big-screen for the game (like I am) and are also looking for something mouth-watering for your guests, or even to enjoy yourself, check out this vegetarian dish submitted by Sarah McKenna. Thanks for the tip on how to make Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini, Sarah! Be sure to share your recipes with us below too.

Football 101 in 160 seconds:

Are you going to a party not knowing anything about football? Don’t break a sweat. Pinner Sophie van den Akker shares this Pin on everything you need to know about this football season in just two and a half minutes.

Early 90’s nostalgia:

A lot of you have been talking about Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno for “The Tonight Show”. Even Jimmy himself is quite nervous. Luckily he had some friends (circa, early 90’s) come into his bedroom to help him get over his butterflies. With that video taking us down memory lane, we caught some major 90’s nostalgia. See how Pinners are remembering the “good ol’ days”. Share your memories with me below!

Year of the horse:

Today is Chinese New year, which celebrates the turn of the Chinese calendar. See how Pinners such as Eva Varga are creating boards to show interesting and fun activities to do to ring in the new year the right way!

Follow Better Chinese’s board Chinese New Year: 马年 Horse on Pinterest.

Have some more Pinterest gems to share? Simply CLICK HERE to submit your own Pins or boards. I’ll take a look and share them every Friday for everyone to turn any end of the week frowns upside down.

I’ll see you back here next Friday.

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Updates to our Acceptable Use Policy

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From the earliest days of Pinterest, we’ve asked our community to follow our Pinning etiquette: be positive, be yourself and give credit where it’s due. These principles have been the foundation for all our policies, including the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Today, we’re updating the AUP to make it clearer (and to sound less like a robot!).

Now you’ll find detailed explanations for our content guidelines with example images that illustrate what we allow. You can always check them out if you’re ever unsure if something’s okay to Pin.

To keep Pinterest feeling authentic, we’ve also added guidelines about not getting paid per follow or Pin.

You can read through the new AUP for the whole list of do’s and dont’s.

—Enid Hwang, Community Manager, currently pinning to Portland

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