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November 19, 2012

PINTEREST: For all the idea's you'd like to pin down!

New website gathers most newest ideas for living well, from holiday decor to inspiration

Niagara Gazette — Remember, not too long ago, when you found a recipe you liked or a story in a newspaper or magazine that you wanted to save and so you clipped it out and pinned it on your bulletin board?That’s the beauty of holding a magazine or newspaper in your hand. You can save the stories and ideas that you like and refer to them again and again.

From cooking to decorating to inspiration, the Internet has also become a source for new ideas. But to some users, it may sometimes seem like there is simply too much traffic on the crowded electronic highway, making it hard to sort through the mindless, self promotional drivel and get to the good stuff.

But, more and more computer users are turning to a website that has become a collective of the best ideas. 

If you have a computer, there’s a good chance someone has sent you something or pinned something to their Facebook entry that has come directly from Pinterest.  Whether the viewer is looking for recipes, decorating tips, inspirational quotes, travel ideas, or just interesting pictures, Pinterest is the site more are turning to (www.pinterest.com).

Kristen Brandenburg of Van Buren, Arkansas, writes a blog where she posts her decorating ideas and sells her floral creations called Kristen’s Creations (www.kristenscreations.com).  One day someone visited her site, liked a mesh holiday wreath she had posted on her blog and “pinned” it to Pinterest.  Visits to Brandenburg’s site have tripled since then.

“So many people come to my blog and pin things,” she said in a phone interview. “It circulates around Pinterest and then drives other people to my blog,” she said.

As she was talking, she stopped for a moment to check her online visit statistics.  “Just this week the mesh wreath post has gotten 30,471 hits so far.” 

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