20 January 2012
Okay, can I brutally honest? The first time I heard about Pinterest I thought, "Oh no, not another social networking site I have to keep track of...."
Because let's be honest, you could make a full time job of just maintaining your online presence.
But I kept hearing about it and got curious and went to look. Its not what I thought it was. Its basically a way to bookmark everything that you like. Again, I thought "Big deal."
Until one night I was surfing the internet looking at artist's sites and bookmarking the pieces I loved and then trying to organize them the regular way - which let's be honest is pretty much the equivalent of shoving things to the back of the junk drawer, you never really go look again.
Then I remembered that I could visually bookmark them on Pinterest and I requested an invite. I've been loving it ever since.
I will say that it can be a major time suck if you let it. I tend to give myself no more then ten or fifteen minutes at a time so an entire evening doesn't slip by.
Here is one of the boards I set up:
I call it "surface design inspiration." See what I mean about it being a far more useful bookmarking method? When you click on a picture on the board (when you are logged into pinterest), it takes you to the original source so you can go back as often as you like.
I'm rather smitten with it because of this.
I don't have nearly as many boards as some people on there but its good fun, digging through everything, sort of like a treasure hunt.
I just wanted to talk a little bit about it because I was so skeptical and now find that its really very useful. If you're inclined, you can find my boards here.
Pin away! :)