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Pinterest, Sunflowers, Bees & More

  • 1.  Pinterest, Sunflowers, Bees & More

    Posted 04-23-2020 10:35
    April 23, 2020


    Back about 8 years ago, someone tried to get me onto Pinterest. I tried it but then fell off the bandwagon. Then a few years ago, I thought I would try again. I have a longstanding interest in agriculture - especially bees and sunflowers - and many other topics including sustainability. So, I began pinning.

    As of this posting, my monthly readership is up to 190,000/month. While I do "re-pin" from within Pinterest, the majority of my pins are from outside sources. And if you follow the stock market, you will notice while Pinterest has taken some hits, it has grown in value overall as COVID-19 has progressed. I use it mostly for "bookmarking" articles of interest to me, so I can return and read/study them later. 

    What does this have to do with nature? Well, one can use Pinterest as an educational learning tool regarding nature topics. It skews feminine in terms of audience, but I have noticed many mainstream businesses one might consider "masculine" have set up profiles, and for my nonprofit clients I often recommend and help set up Pinterest profiles for them (because it's a monster driver of Internet traffic). Online communications today are also skewing heavily toward video and visual imagery and that trend shows no sign of stopping. Pinterest is part of the mix and should not be forgotten by our nature-oriented nonprofits.

    Now, stepping aside for a minute, as I have visited Dallas in the past, I drive up and down IH 35. Once I was in the area between Waxahachie and Hillsboro and the sunflower fields were blooming. It was absolutely astonishing! People were getting off the road in droves to look at them and to take photos. We need more of this.

    Did you know, sunflowers can help with nuclear accidents and radiation clean up? Sunflower seeds/kernels are a healthy food for humans and animals, and some new businesses like Sunflower Family are making cereals and mixes with sunflowers (there's also a new sunflower based iced cream by Ben & Jerry's). Many other nations plant and process sunflowers for cooking oil. The largest sunflower oil producers today are Ukraine, Russian Federation, Argentina and Turkey.

    Parts of the stem of sunflowers can be used to make fabrics. We need more sunflowers everywhere! And in my case, I'd just like to see more sunflowers on North IH 35 and the farmers making some money from sunflower nature tourism. Check out Survivopedia for fun and more.


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    Carolyn Appleton
    carolyn@carolynmappleton.com
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  • 2.  RE: Pinterest, Sunflowers, Bees & More

    Posted 04-24-2020 13:53

    Carolyn,

    Thanks for sharing this! I was just recently researching Pinterest for our blog that is focused on helping eco-small business owners. I love the way you use your Pinterest to not just show pretty pictures, but curate interesting resources. Pinterest can also really help with your SEO/ranking long-term :) I've even seen some businesses curated boards for clients, run Pinterest promotions/contests, etc. It's an awesome tool and not to mention downright fun.

    I gave your Pinterest and blog a follow! Thanks for the inspo. 

    P.S. As a fun fact - sunflowers are thought to be "feminine" but my boyfriend LOVES sunflowers and routinely tells me fun facts about them and sends me pictures haha! But even he didn't know about the nuclear radiation clean-up point. 



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    Sarah Bloodworth
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  • 3.  RE: Pinterest, Sunflowers, Bees & More

    Posted 04-24-2020 15:02
    April 24, 2020


    Thank you so much for following me on Pinterest! I pin just about every day. There is so much going on, and Pinterest helps me keep track.

    Sunflowers are beautiful and cheerful, but also rugged and resilient. I use them as my informal "logo." Ha! That reminds me of me: "never say never." Here's a link to an article from Japan Today about cleaning up radiation with sunflowers, dating from 2011. It would be good if someone would follow-up on any research regarding how effective that has been. 

    Have a good stay-at-home weekend!

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    Carolyn Appleton
    carolyn@carolynmappleton.com
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