Not so long ago I got an invite to join something called ‘Pinterest’. At the time I didn’t really know very much about it apart from the fact it was some sort of site where you could save ideas, inspirations etc. The official bit of blurb in the invite was also as clear as mud and just said that ‘ Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find in your life. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes’. Not really a convincing selling point when you consider that I aren’t planning a wedding, am as far removed from being a domestic goddess as anyone’s ever likely to be, aren’t interested in cooking but like the eating part, and only ever get houseproud if I’m talking about my camper van. I therefore kind of suspected that the whole notion of organising and sharing beautiful things might not be for me!
All in all, it didn’t look like it might be particularly inspiring so I kind of left it…….and I wasn’t initially impressed after I’d signed up and looked at some of the suggested pinboards to follow – particularly as they didn’t seem to contain anything that I would say was either beautiful OR inspiring! So it seemed like I’d made a good choice.
But this week I’ve heard lots and lots of people saying good things about Pinterest, so I thought I’d go back to it again with fresh eyes and see just what the fuss is all about. And instead of looking at what other people had ‘pinned’ I had a go at pinning my own things instead.
And guess who’s now well and truly hooked?
If I was to describe Pinterest I’d say it’s a bit like having the power to go window shopping in every creative outlet on the planet whilst trying to fill a never-ending basket to the brim. And if they’d said that in the first place I wouldn’t have dithered for weeks on end before finally taking the plunge !
Pinterest really does let you gather ideas and inspiration together in one place – kind of like creating mood boards on different themes that are personal to you. And I have to say that now I’ve given it a go I’m probably going to find it the most useful online tool I’ve found in a long time; Now I really AM pinterested!