So, last weekend I was eating dinner with the founder of Pinterest (true story) and I decided, albeit a million years too late, to explain what this Pinterest thing is all about.
(And although tempted, no, I did not wear my Pinterest shirt to the dinner.)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m probably close to the last person on Earth to get aboard the Pinterest train. In fact, one of the earliest adopters of this startup was my dearie Emily Griffith, whom I’m always quick to copy
(see? Matching outfits.)
but it *still* took me until last summer to give “Pinning” a try. I didn’t quite understand what I was missing out on and maybe there’s a single soul out there who feels the same way.
What IS Pinterest?
It’s basically a pretty way (ie: visual using pictures) to organize anything from the web you find inspiration in and that you’d like to reference later on; whether that be a Christmas cookie recipe you’d like to try, a beautifully designed kitchen you’re dreaming about for a future home, creative pumpkin carving ideas, a new exercise routine you’ll never try, a knitting tutorial, and endless more.
See, back in the day, you’d flip through magazines and clip out (p)interesting articles, quotes, pictures, recipes, whatev and maybe, just maybe if you were Martha Stewart, you’d put it in a pretty binder, never to look at again. I’d bet that most of us have drawers of clippings and such stashed in the stupidest places (crumpled at the bottom of your purse, in a bin in the garage, piled frighteningly on the fridge) But now, we are inundated all of this virtual inspiration from design blogs, personal blogs (I know, it’s a heavy weight I carry, being so inspiring and all) and so many other sources that there was an actual need to organize all of that data. I *used* to email myself links that would get buried in my inbox, never to be unearthed again. But, Pinterest solves that problem. Boring words aside, I think you really need to *see* it to understand it’s usefulness.
Welcome to my Pinterest board:
It’s not much, but it gets the point across. I have 7 categories. You can have as many or as little as you want and you can name them whatever you want and they can be ANYTHING (like photography, gardening tips/sources, books you want to read, etc).
Mine are as follows:
Holiday Hogwash – I pin any cute homemade Christmas gift ideas, free printables for gift tags, pumpkin carving ideas, holiday specific recipes to try, Easter egg crafts, etc, like my inspiration for last year’s Halloween costume:
Muy Importante Calories – There are so many amazing recipes to try, my head wants to explode. This is where I store them for later on. I’ve tried lots of recipes that I’ve found from Pinterest and they did not disappoint. I haven’t made them yet, but can you only imagine how good these cinnamon sugar donut muffins would taste?
Miss Fashionista - Here is where I put cute outfits I’d like to copy, hair and makeup tutorials. Like, how DO you do that swanky Fish Tail Braid? Pinterest taught me. There is a whole world of stylish people out there that put together outfits/do hair for you and all you have to do is copy the crap out of it! Viola! Instantly fashionable, like her:
Wordy - Here is where I pin adorable art (say from Etsy.com) that I’d like to buy for our house one day, quotes that I don’t want to forget, and anything that just fills my heart up with some wordy love.
Hubs Should Buy Me - Obviously, this is where I SUBTLY pin things I am hoping/wishing will make it into my Christmas stocking or birthday gift or anytime gift (just for being awesome, you know?). A lot of it’s jewelry from Etsy, some Minnesota Gophers gear, adorable workout clothes. That sort of thing.
Home is Where the Heart Is – Here is where I put anything home related (duh) that I want to remember, such as: how to make homemade earth-friendly cleaners, Menu planning, cleaning schedules and this DIY indoor herb garden:
Crafty time – I put any DIY (do-it-yourself) lovelies that I’d like to try or, most likely, that I’ll never get around to doing but still.
Oh, are you someone that doesn’t really spend enough time online to find inspiration on the web? You’re someone who has no clue where to look to find fun new recipes or gardening tips? Here’s the other really, really nice thing about Pinterest. It’s a “social” thing (like Facebook) so you can find your friends and follow them. Usually, your friends have similar (p)interests and so all you have to do is watch what they are pinning, and REPIN IT. It’s like copying but way more classy!!!
The other nice thing, and this is *very* important in Internet land, is linking back to the SOURCE of the recipe, idea, inspiration. You can stow away that great idea to try later – Pinterest will always lead you back to the orignal source. So, like, if all of you pin my famous chocolate cookie recipe to try later at that cookie exchange, I’ll still get the credit. Word.
Before I sign off this monster post, some quirky fun Pinterest facts:
Although a super nerdy technology startup, Pinterest users are not the typical folks that use new software. Usually it’s the early adopter, twenty-something nerdy guys, typically living in Silicon Valley or the East Coast. You know the ones, that are always upgrading their laptops and cell phones to the next newest best thing?
No, the Pinterest wildfire roared in the Midwest amongst the most unlikely user base: Females. More specifically, MOMS.
You see, (just generalizing here) Moms like to scrapbook, garden, cook, decorate, craft, organize, clean. Pinterest is the haven for organizing all of these great ideas they have bouncing in their brain on their way to pick up kids at soccer practice.
Nowadays, almost everyone is using it (my high school girls and my MIL) and I think you should join too. Why not, eh?