New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but hard to keep. With the champagne toasts and countdown to midnight long behind us, we’re checking in to see which resolutions Pinners are sticking with and which didn’t make the cut.

New Year, new Pins

To prepare for the New Year, Pinners searched for a holistic approach to transform their body and mind. In the spirit of a fresh start they saved ideas for creating a better version of themselves with exercise, detox, meditation and healthy food. We saw an increase in Pins about these topics from Christmas to January:

Keeping promises

Pinners seem determined to keep their resolutions. Since January, Pins...

Pins are a little like people you'd meet at a party. The most engaging ones tell a great story, make people laugh or add to the conversation.

It’s the same with Pins: the most popular ones have a winning combination of style and substance. Pinterest is a visual platform, so of course you want your Pins to look great—but you also want to pay attention to the details that draw people in, like compelling descriptions, relevant links and useful Rich Pin details.

Here are 3 ways to make your Pins stand out:

1. Make them beautiful

First, start with high-quality images. They should be crisp, clear and well-composed. Vertically-oriented Pins look best on mobile screens, so make yours stand up nice and tall, with a vertical image aspect ratio of 2:3 to 1:2.8 and a minimum width of 600px.

Also be sure to minimize visual clutter: If you’re using multiple images...