My New Addiction

July 19, 2011

Pinteerst boards

I have a new interest, and it’s called Pinterest.

(Ahem. Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Pinterest is a site where you create virtual bulletin boards and “pin” images on them that you love. You can follow other users’ collections, and vice versa. People use Pinterest to share design inspirations, recipes they love, favorite products, gorgeous photography… you name it.

I first checked out Pinterest a while back, but at the time I couldn’t quite figure it out. It just seemed like one more thing I didn’t have time for. Then recently, I stumbled on a blog post with a great explanation of how best to navigate the site – and finally, the light bulb went on.

Above my desk at home, I have a real life bulletin board, but it’s too small to hold all the cool things I’d love to pin there. Besides, what could I do with all the inspiring things I find online? Pinterest allows me to pin images (with links) from any website or blog onto one of my virtual bulletin boards. In a nutshell, here’s what I love about it:

  • I can keep track of cool and interesting things that I couldn’t before.
  • There are a lot of people on Pinterest with fantastic taste, and I’m amazed at what I’ve found there. I can share great stuff with creative people who have similar (and different) styles.
  • I’m not always good at knowing what my style really is, since my taste is so eclectic. Pinterest allows me to see at a glance what I’m drawn to — whether in fashion or home decor or Amazonian reptiles — and to gain a better understanding of my preferences. This is the perfect place to gather ideas if you’re renovating a room, trying to put together a better wardrobe, or looking for dreamy vacation places, among other things.
  • Last but not least, it’s just plain fun to pin things that inspire you… I found a tiny frog that looks exactly like a strawberry(!), a yummy-looking recipe for roasted peach lemonade, a striped dress I’d love to wear this summer, and a number of rooms and houses I’d like to live in someday.

If you scroll down the right side of the SlowMama page, you’ll see my latest pins there. And if you decide to open a Pinterest account, make sure to read this intro — and then look me up so we can follow each other. Then get ready to have a new obsession…

(Pinterest home page image taken from a Style blog at the Philadelphia Weekly.)

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Ann Waterman 1 Ann Waterman July 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Thanks to you, I’m now obsessed with Pinterest, too!

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Margaret Cabaniss 2 M.C. Cabaniss July 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I had the same initial reaction to Pinterest — signed up, but then wasn’t really sure what to do with it, so I left it alone. The guide you linked to above really made things click for me, though, and now I check it as often as I do Facebook or Twitter. I was an obsessive “bookmarker” before, but this is a great way to see all those inspiring ideas and images in one fell swoop.

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3 Kelly July 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I have been on Pinterest for a couple of months now, and don’t have a single item pinned, because I haven’t figured out the point of it. I feel bad every time I get an email telling me that someone is following me… because there’s nothing there to follow! I’ll check out that guide you linked to, and maybe that will help me get into it.

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4 Zoe Saint-Paul July 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Ha, you’re being so rational about it… like you have an attorney brain or something! :-)

I suppose the point is the same as a real life bulletin board only online. So if pinning things on a bulletin board at home isn’t interesting or fun, this probably wouldn’t be either. I adore visuals and love photography so it’s fun to see so many neat things and create boards of them.

Who knows… maybe in a month I’ll be writing about “my new hate: Pinterest!”

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5 Alissa July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I am not good about consistent pinning but I do love seeing the overall style of a board take shape. It is really nice to inadvertently get a glimpse into my own preferences. I love that you have pins on your side bar- they are so pretty and fresh.

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