What is Pinterest to you?

147844800237730170_2ixtdf5I_cPinterest. You know that virtual pinboard that recently became the 3rd largest social media site? This girl? She loves it. (Here’s mine for proof if you don’t believe me. Feel free to follow me.)

Here’s what they say about it:

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

I won’t even lie, I’m a Pinterest Junky. It makes me happy. I think my 32 boards and 1000+ pins show that just a little bit. [blush, but not as bad as some!] C’mon though, for someone who loves to cook and bake, craft, plan parties and make personalized gifts for people with a serious case of scatterbrain and you get a site that was designed for me! (I even have boards specifically devoted to letting my geek shine through, things I like to look at and others that make me laugh.)

I get it that other people don’t get it, don’t embrace it, or even understand it all that much and that’s fine. It’s not for everyone and there are things I don’t like about it (like that you can’t block people from following you), but for the most part Pinterest and I are cool. Okay, this might sound trite, but I find it inspirational. When I’m at a loss for something to do and have some serious craft jonesing going on, I can always find something to do or try. It never fails to spark an idea or remind me of something I wanted to do 6 weeks ago, but didn’t have time right then.

24277285461821642_sBgEOx7o_bSure, I’ve heard a lot of complaints out there that Pinterest makes people feel bad about themselves because they can’t pull off the meal or project to make it look like the photo and that makes me sad. First of all, it’s not meant to make you into Martha Stewart. It’s a sharing site. Second, a lot of those pins? The people who are initially posting about them or pinning them are professionals to some degree or serious craft enthusiasts like myself. And you know what, sometimes even those of us with a ton of experience can mess it up or do it wrong. Also, there’s  a crap ton of things that just shouldn’t be posted or crafted.

I will support the notion that some of the pins could come with better directions because sometimes we need it, but you know what? It’s ok. It’s supposed to give you ideas and be a space to share/store those ideas, then its up to you to make it happen. (If you need that detailed of instructions, I’m sure there are any number of other websites that will have them. Try Google.)

Are you on Pinterest? What is it for you?

(Dino pin found here. Giraffe found here.)


About Court

I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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4 Responses to What is Pinterest to you?

  1. Sue says:

    Pinterest is my happy place. When people are too mean on facebook or twitter, I can go to Pinterest and just look at (and share) pictures of pretty shoes, sparkly jewelry, and funny animals. And Shemar Moore.

  2. Late Bloomer says:

    I’ve started using it to catalog what I read. I include my (short) impression of each book. I suppose I could add my comments to other book sites, and maybe I will at some time, but for now Pinterest is my book review site.

  3. gold account says:

    The food on pinterest is subject to the same bias as everything else on pinterest — it’s all about what makes a good picture. The fact that people pin pictures (even where the picture is attached to a recipe) of rainbow things or ultra-decadent treats doesn’t really tell us anything about what people actually eat. That being said, I did just pin that tater tot casserole, and I intend to make and eat it on some snowy sunday this winter.

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