Every time a new social media/sharing/photo/networking tool is released, I cringe a bit. Even though many of these websites and platforms are great ways to learn about new trends, connect with like-minded individuals, and expand your business or audience, they are also time-suckers. You’ve gotta learn how to use them, then learn how to use them well, then figure out how many of your current contacts should be folded in, find new ones, and deal with upkeep. EXHAUSTING.
When I first heard about Pinterest, I was very, very wary. I didn’t want another account to monitor and manage, didn’t want another tool to tend, didn’t want to fall into another online rabbit hole. But eventually, I caved. And Pinterest is just as much of a time-sucker as I’d feared, but it’s incredibly low-maintenance.
Essentially, the site is a giant, shared inspiration board. Members find images online, “pin” them to categorized virtual boards, and others can not only view those boards but “re-pin” images onto their own. The site preserves any associated links, so you can bop around to the various stores, blogs, and websites that provide the pinned images. I’ve discovered many fabulous new resources this way myself.
But more than anything, it’s great to pile all of my wishlists, shopping fantasies, seasonal inspirations, and interests into one place. The site makes it fall-off-a-log easy to maintain your own boards and explore the boards that others have assembled. And although the decor and cooking pins that flood the system make me feel a little behind the Sophisticated Adult Curve, my dear friend Katie reminded me that just because someone is excited by an image of something doesn’t mean they’re gonna MAKE it. Not all the time.
And besides, it’s easy enough to focus on the abundant style, clothing, accessory, fashion, makeup, and hair inspiration that Pinterest provides. It’s like a visual playground, I swear.
Have you joined? Intrigued? Daunted? If you’re playing with Pinterest, what do you love about it? Anything you’d change? Any folks who pin amazing stuff that we should all follow?