By now most of you have heard you can have more than three secret boards on Pinterest.  You now have the power to pin a million baby or wedding pins shame free.  But what about helping your blog?  Secret boards give you the advantage of gathering content for a very specific purpose and keeping it to yourself until needed.  Are you taking advantage of this opportunity?

Edit: After years of working in a cubicle (as a social media and marketing manager), I’ve broken free and am now writing on a separate site. If you want tips for growing your blog and/or business. Head on over to Winn Creative Co.

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Curate content for your social media.

We all know that nobody wants to follow us on social media if we only talk about ourselves, but checking social media for content to retweet and share every day takes a lot of time.  You can use a Pinterest board to gather relevant content to schedule on your social media.  You know what your blog is all about (if not definitely do that soon) so gathering content that supports you blog’s mission helps establish it as a resource while giving your followers valuable content.

Tips:

  • When you pin the content, in the description include any info you might need when you go to post it to help keep you from searching for more info.
  • Be sure the description also includes what the post is about and where/why you want to use it.
  • Once you’ve used the content, comment on the pin when and where you used it so you won’t accidentally use it again.

Resources for future posts.

I feel like recently I’ve come across a lot of posts lately that have inspired me to write on a similar subject.  Liking the post on Bloglovin helps keep it separated but it’s difficult to scroll back through and find it, much less remember your thoughts about it when you first read it.  Pinning a post to your secret board allows you to write a note in the description with your thoughts and ideas for later.  Also, when you write your post, you have the original post easily available to link back to.

Design inspiration.

I think every blogger has a love hate relationship with the design of their blog.  They’re either wanting to change something, figuring out how to fix something, or drooling over someone else’s design.  Is that just me?  I’ve already talked about buying a pre-made blog template, and I still think that’s a great way to go if you don’t want to fight with your design and don’t want to spend a lot of money.  At some point most bloggers want to pay for a unique design and have their blog look the way they always envisioned.  What do you envision?  A secret board is a great way to keep all those designs you like in one place so when the time comes to talk to a designer you have a clear idea of what you want.

Tips to use for your blog.

There are so many posts with tips to improve your blog, it’s hard to keep track of them.  I have a board for general blogging tips and another for social media tips, but it’s hard to keep up with what I’ve done or haven’t done.  When you come across a post with tips you want to use ASAP, you can put it on a secret board so you can mark it as complete when you accomplish it.

Resources for future a project.

Do you want to offer sponsorships soon? Do you plan on starting to freelance?  If you’re preparing to do or launch something awesome, I’m sure you are doing some sort of research as to how to not fail at whatever it is you’re doing.  Say you want to offer sponsorships.  You can use a secret board to gather informative sponsorship how to posts as well as blogs that have great sponsorship programs. It will give you all the help you need in one place.

How do you use secret boards to your advantage?

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  • I love the idea of using a secret board for a blogging to do list! You’re right, I read tons of posts about little improvements that you can make to your design, etc. but rarely have the time to implement them immediately. Great idea!

  • I definitely only use the secret boards for future wedding stuff that way no one has to see how often I, a single gal, plan my wedding 😉

    • SomethingWinnderful

      I totally did the same thing. By time I got engaged I had waaaaay too many pins. It was shamefully liberating to unhide all my wedding pins, I feel so bad for my followers who got on Pinterest within 24 hours of my engagement. I was a tad bit quick to unhide everything and organize it into different boards. I also had a lot of baby stuff hidden in secret boards, I have no shame now and put my baby fever onto display for all my followers to see.