Pinterest is where you go to discover new things and for inspiration -- I absolutely love pinning and re-pinning ideas! Mark D. Sikes took some time to share his thoughts and ideas on creating and managing his theme-based image collections. Get an idea on what inspires him to pin!
1. You have 102 boards. How do you keep them all straight and remember what goes where?
It’s pretty easy because they are organized on how I think and what I love - my favorite women, my favorite men, glamorous places, stylish things like stripes, blue and white, white jeans, navy blazers, etc. and then I’m enjoying doing color boards right now- I’m obsessed with the combination of blue and green!
2. How do you decide how many boards you should have?
I’ve actually never paid attention to how many boards I have. I didn’t realize I had 102 until now. I just create boards on topics I love.
3. What are your favorite sources for images?
I have a very extensive collection of magazines and books that I scan stories from for my blog (www.markdsikes.com)- if I had to pick a favorite source for beautiful images it would be from this resource. I follow a lot of other blogs and Tumblr pages, they always provide inspiring images to pin. I also pin a lot of images from shelter magazine websites like veranda.com, elledecor.com, architecturaldigest.com, and fashion sites like style.com and vogue.com.
4. How much time do you spend working on your Pinterest boards?
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest but not necessarily a lot of time working on my boards. One thing I do ever so often is go back and edit duplicate images on boards. I repin the same pins all the time, forgetting I pinned the exact image previously, at least I’m consistent with what I like! Whenever I’m stressed, overwhelmed, in need of an escape, I start pinning- it instantly relaxes me and I feel inspired! I call it pinterest therapy!
5. Who are the people you repin the most?
Oh my goodness, this list is long! Here is my top 20- I love pins by Sarah Bartholomew, Irving & Fine, Allison Nunn, Veranda Magazine, P Gaye Tapp (Little Augry), Doug and Gene Meyer, Carol Farrow, Keep it Chic, Courtney Daniels Haden, Tony Prado, Fabrizia Caracciolo, Vogue Paris, Robert Couturier, Palamo Contreras, K. Brodsky, Zoe Accattato, Lauren Santo Domingo, Miguel Flore-Vianna, Aerin, and Danielle D. Rollins of course!
6. What is your strategy for building your Pinterest account?
I’ve never thought of anything I do as a strategy, however I do focus my pins on the same topics as my blog- chic people, glamorous places and stylish things! All things beautiful, pretty and inspiring!
7. What do you want viewers to take away from your page?
Images of things I love, things I’ve loved forever- Timeless, classic, and beautiful people, places and things!
8. Do you use pin boards in conjunction with your blog posts?
Of course, I always pin images from my blog posts - it drives traffic and reinforces the blogs marketing platform. I also pin images from my tumblr page (www.markdsikes.tumblr.com)
9. Do you have any advice for novice pinners who are just starting out?
Pin what you love - there really are no rules! Have fun! It’s overwhelming at first, but it’s actually really very easy.
10. Has Pinterest taught you something about your followers that surprised you?
What I have discovered, a very nice surprise, is that people love a lot of the same things I do!
11. If you could add a feature to Pinterest, what would it be & why?
I think it would be genius to have a creative feature to take a board and have different filters to make it actually look like an inspiration board. That’s my million dollar idea- remember when it happens you heard it here first!
12. What's your favorite board on your account and why?
They are all favorite because all my boards are about my favorite people, places and things- chic people, glamorous places and stylish things! Everything I love! Happy pinning!