I want to share a little secret of mine…or maybe it’s me admitting a guilty pleasure…I’m a life-long learner. What a buzzphrase, right? Life-long learner.


That’s right, I love to learn. I can’t help it…in fact, my grandmother once told me that “learning is our religion”, and that really stuck with me. After finishing my Masters program, I felt a bit lost. I went from being a student for the past 19 years to being…not a student. I filled that void for a while by signing up for online challenges and mini-courses, but I needed something more than a self-paced PDF with ways to document my trips.


Enter, Skillshare.

Skillshare: Learn Differently


I found Skillshare in September 2012 when there was a $5 class about telling your story on Pinterest. I also signed up for another class on customer loyalty…all while also taking part in Amy’s (AMAZING) Onward and Upward course. After being without classes for so long, I hit the jackpot!


A few classes later, and I’m sitting here wondering why I haven’t shared this great resource with you! This is totally something you’d dig.


In fact, you may even decide to teach a Skillshare class (yeah, I took a class on how to teach a Skillshare class–you know me, I like to be prepared!) after seeing how cool the classrooms are and the different types of classes being taught. Seriously. You’ll love this website.


What is Skillshare?


Skillshare has a quick video for you to check out, it’s really well done and does a fantastic job of telling you just what Skillshare can do for you. I’ll try to do it justice: Skillshare is a way for you to learn either online or locally. The teachers are just like you and me…in fact, you can teach a class if you have something to share! There are opportunities to meet up with people in your area who are taking the same class, for you to connect with your instructor via Google Hangouts, or you can take a class at your own pace.


To start, you’ll need to create your free profile. Once you do, let’s be friends! You can find my Skillshare profile here. Then, search for classes and sign up! There is a small fee, but many times there are discounts if you are one of the first students to register, which is nice!


The classes I’ve taken all have some sort of final project, and you get your own section of the classroom to create and share your project. I really like the setup and think it is a great way to connect with the other people in my classes.


Two of my final projects:

  • My Pinterest board that I created for my Pinterest class. I should be full of pins that tell the story of Campfire Chic’s core values
  • I took a class by the Director of Possibility from Lululemon/Founder of igolu, which focused on goal-setting as a way to create the life you want. My final project was a 5 and 10-year plan for my life that included health/fitness, relationship, and career goals


I’m just finishing up another class, but I’m going to talk about that one in a few weeks after I’m able to better put my final project together to share with you all!

Have you taken a Skillshare class?
If you could learn something, what would it be?


Pinterest has changed the way online marketing is done. It is no longer sufficient to have a Twitter account with enticing links to your posts/items, you need the images on your posts to be ‘pinnable’.

Before I go into ways to optimize your photos and blog posts, do you know how to find what images have been pinned from your website? I wrote a post titled Are you Being Pinned? late last year that shows you how to do just that.

Ask yourself, “Is this pinnable?” 

Would you re-pin this if you saw it in your feed? Would you go out of your way to pin the post if it was on somebody else’s blog? If the answer is ‘probably not’, consider making a few changes:
Example of posts that do well on Pinterest
Have fantastic photos. Pinterest is all about pretty things, have pretty photos to pin. Make people think “oh shoot, I need to pin this!”
Add text to your main photo that clearly states what your post is about. Keep it clear. Keep it short. Ditch the May Queen font and stick with something that can be seen easily on the Pinterest app…yep, think multi-platform when creating your images.
Have text you’d like your pinners to use readily available. Did you know that if you highlight text on a post and then hit the ‘pin this’ button, it will autopopulate in the description? Genius! And most pinners are too lazy to change the text on a pin, so it should appear on several re-pins!
Add a ‘pin this’ button on posts you would really like to have others pin. If you’d rather not have a widget at the bottom of each and every one of your posts, grab the pin it button from the main Pinterest site and add it at the end of your post.  
Find a plugin/widget to automatically have at the end of each post. People will rarely go out of their way to make something happen, make pinning readily available and the conversion increases dramatically! Here is a post showing you how to add the widget to your Blogger blog.
What other suggestions do you have for bloggers looking 
to have their posts “Pin”-ed on Pinterest?

What kinds of boards do you have? 
Are you more of a re-pinner or do you pin things to your boards from their original sources?