How Very Pinteresting

I have recently discovered the wonders of Pinterest. Please note that I did not say that I have recently discovered Pinterest itself, because I did that a few months ago when everyone started talking about it nonstop, and I immediately forbade myself from even looking at it. Why? Well, I knew, for me, that it would be like a pothead going to a Phish concert and being all "whatever, guys, I'm just going to listen to the music." That is to say, I would inhale. I would inhale all the awesome awesomeness of Pinterest and I would not stop inhaling it and eventually someone would find me, five weeks later, slack-jawed at my desk, and I would still be looking at pictures of DIY map chandeliers and navy-and-white striped shirts. 

And I was really good about holding off, actually. Until last week, that is, when Amber sent me a link to something on Pinterest and, apropos of nothing, I could not take my self-imposed ban anymore, and I shouted ALRIGHT, I GIVE IN, DO YOU HAVE A SPARE INVITE? (I was also a little sniffy about having to be "invited" to look at pictures of DIY map chandeliers and navy-and-white-striped shirts, if we're honest.)

She sent me an invite, I signed up for an account, and that was basically the last anyone saw of me. For seven entire days.

Do you pinterest? (Yes, it's a verb now, I have decreed it. I pinterest, you pinterest, he/she/it pinterests.) What do you think? It's weirdly addictive, right? Oh look, here is a pretty picture of my dream life. And another one. And another one. Here is a craft I will save in a folder and probably never ever do, but damn, do I feel good pretending I'm going to. Here is a recipe that involves chocolate and/or caramel and/or s'mores and/or Twix bars, let me just add it to my—oh, I see I already did. 

That said, I do enjoy Pinterest immensely, and I think the honeymoon period is over now, thank god, and I can pinterest in small doses, like the rest of the world—just for five minutes here and there without it consuming my entire life. For the most part, I've loved everything I've seen on the site and have managed to glean a fair bit of creative motivation, but my goodness, there sure are a lot of inspirational quotes out there, aren't there? And they're being pinterested hither and yon! Don't get me wrong, I like an inspirational quote as much as the next girl—may I remind you, after all, that I have this hanging over my bed—but I sort of think we might need to institute a mandatory college class soon if we keep going the way we're going. It will be called Just Because It's In A Cool Font, Doesn't Automatically Make It Profound, and I will be happy to teach it.

Out of curiosity the other day—once I had reached what I can only assume was the end of Pinterest—I decided to see if anyone had pinned anything of mine. Oh come on, you'd do it too: it's like googling yourself, except with fewer pictures of unfamiliar people who share the same name as you but live in Iowa. I did a little search to see if anyone had pinned anything from my site, and was strangely touched to see that there were a few things up there; namely, the Sixty Years of Memories project, my kitchen, the aforementioned DIY sign above my bed, our wedding invitations, and my tutorial for the tissue pompoms. Aw, you guys, that made me so happy! I'm pinterestable! Pinteresting! Thank you so much if you have pinned me. Wow, that was a weird sentence. 

One last thought about Pinterest before I go, and that's this: it is.....well, it is kind of just for the ladies, right? Not officially or anything (the founder himself seems to be a man—well, unless he is a woman called Ben), but I don't think I'm following any guys on Pinterest and I don't think any are following me. In fact, a male friend of mine had a look at it a few weeks ago and didn't quite get what it was for. "I saw all these pictures of really hot girls," he said. "And so I thought it was a bunch of guys favoriting pictures of hot girls. But then I realized it was other girls favoriting pictures of hot girls, because they liked the way they did their hair." 

Come to think of it, though, that maybe sums up, like, 90% of the Internet. The other 10% is cat videos. 

1
Susie
Aug 12, 2011

Oh, I had a self-imposed Pinterest ban on myself until about a week ago. I caved. Big time. And now I can;t stop. Where's the support group?

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jasmine
Aug 12, 2011

OMG. can i have an invite? please?

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Onethirdacrewoods
Aug 12, 2011

One of my favorite quotes is "Just because you can doesn't mean you should." as in, just because your 40 year old body can still fit into clothes from the Jr. department, doesn't mean you should. Or just because they gave you a hamburger the size of your head doesn't mean you should eat the whole thing.

My cousin recently told me about Pinterest. I do not craft so it is not an obsession for me, but I get why it is interesting.

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Kari
Aug 12, 2011

My husband got an account. His boards are MEAT, BALLS, and Men Wearing Pink. You can see why I like him so much.

(I pinned your bedroom when I was looking for a color for my shutters and front door.)

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g.schneider
Aug 12, 2011

I confess I saw the map chandelier and thought of you immediatley. Not that I actually know you but...the internet making you familiar with perfect stranger's lives since 1999. Anywho. They don't just pin those pictures of hot girls for the hair styles but for "thinspiration" and least once a week someone gets their panties all in a twist about "proanorexia" pins and goes the other way with pictures and quotes. It gets rather exhusting when I want to look at is pretty pictures and the lastest recipe that stuffs an oreo into another equally delicous dessert.

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Melanie
Aug 12, 2011

I definitely pinned your DIY sign! I was an early beta tester for Pinterest and I was sunk from the start. It's best to just give in. ;-)

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Krissa
Aug 12, 2011

YES, oh man, I went on a Pinterest rampage last night because I'm trying to get inspirations for my birthday party and yeah, YEAH, it's all ladies. It's ladytime up in there. The dudes don't care because they're all holed up inside Reddit, which smells like everyone's socks.

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Megan
Aug 12, 2011

I love Pinterest so much. I have to have a ban while at work and still find myself there without knowing how it happened! I also pin things I think I will do but probably won't...or can't...and I am currently redoing my hallway, all thanks to Pinterest!

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Amber, theAmberShow
Aug 12, 2011

I follow two dudes and 97 ladies on Pinterest. So yeah. Mostly ladies!

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jen
Aug 12, 2011

I have pinterested (?) for about a year now. I definitely went through the phase where that is all I wanted to look at and now it's much like Facebook. I check it once a day, see if I find anything interesting and then move on to something. I will say that it's been immensely helpful in our house renovation. And my husband checks Pinterest quite a bit but doesn't want to establish his own account - I suppose he figures it's also for the ladies. :)
What's your name on Pinterest so we can follow all your boards? :)
Mine is http://pinterest.com/fromtheblock

Happy Pinning!

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Carrisa
Aug 12, 2011

Pinterest is my heroin. Before you joined I would see all kinds of map things and think Holly would love this. Now that you're on there you know. It's hard not to spend the whole day on there. I see so many wonderful things and pin so many fabulous ideas that by the time I'm done, I'm too exhausted to actually do any of the things I've pinned.

#firstworldproblems

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Liz
Aug 12, 2011

Oh I'm addicted. Have been for weeks. It's actually inspired me to do more cooking and crafty things. So while it's a HUGE time suck, it has its benefits. ;)

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Kelsey
Aug 12, 2011

Four things:
1) I found you because of Pinterest!
2) I was on Pinterest for THREE MONTHS before I found a man with an account. And then my fiance wanted one, so I know there are at least two men in the Pinterest world.
3) That may have been the best summation of the internet I've ever heard.
4) There's a Pinterest meet-up in San Francisco in two weeks! The information is on Facebook.

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Amy
Aug 12, 2011

Oh, your male friend's comment is priceless. Has he found the photos of hot girls with hot abs/glutes/legs that other girls are posting as "body inspiration"? That disturbs me on several levels. As well as the "thinspiration" quotes that pop up here and there in the main feed. This make me want to send a copy of Reviving Ophelia to every one of those users. *sigh* And maybe a few links to cheesy or chocolate-y recipes...

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Angela
Aug 12, 2011

Is it weird that I want to quote your quote on non-profound (un-profound?) quotes?

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rhonda
Aug 12, 2011

Oh this is so funny! I was JUST talking about this with a friend on the weekend, although we're still in the dont-get-it category because we've only seen people's 'pins' on blogs and never actually been on the site.
We were assuming it was all women who like to scrap book but I like your summary so much better! Thanks for making me grin this morning!

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Leila
Aug 12, 2011

Hello! De-lurking to say that I would like to be your TA for that hypothetical course. It sounds very practical and super-relevant.

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ThePoeLog
Aug 12, 2011

I want to get Pinterest -- and I guess on some level, I do -- but.....I think the problem is I'm much more of a word person and not necessarily a visual person. Even a recently purchased piece of art from 20x200 was by Austin Keoun and is part of his Newspaper Blackout series; ie: art work made up of words on newspaper. It's a problem. Guess I better stay away from the "But It's In A Cool Font, So It's Profound" section on Pinterest.

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Melissa
Aug 12, 2011

And now I know what I'm going to explores (as best I can without an invite) in the morning whilst drinking my coffee. Pinterest!

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Ellyn
Aug 12, 2011

I'd been avoiding it too... But when I read that crafting people plan actual meet-ups? Okay. Now I want an invite.. I think I just need to scout and see how many people are on in my home town. Is there a way to do that? SO far... I can't tell how it's organized. Or if it's organized.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Aug 12, 2011

Jen, I think my name is just hollyburns on Pinterest (though not the one in Iowa.) Jasmine, I'll email you an invite!

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Amber
Aug 12, 2011

I just spent the last 2 hours surfing it. Maybe I would have been better off not knowing what it was!

How long does it take to get the invite or can I trouble you for one as well?

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mer
Aug 12, 2011

I requested an invite but I would love to get one NOW instead of being on the waiting list. I'm moving across the county to a new apartment and I will definitely need some decorating ideas after pitching all my possessions.

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Sharone @Zizzivivizz
Aug 12, 2011

I adore Pinterest. I don't always get there every day, and sometimes the echo-chamber-y quote-and-craft factory part drives me crazy (there's a whole subcategory for the pins of not-so-clever quotes about being on Pinterest), but for inspiration, it's top notch. And I do find that having the visual components all in one place somehow makes me more inclined to actually do things. I've baked some life-changing things (as I wrote that I remembered the cinnamon-sugar pull-apart bread and my mouth actually started watering. See?)

Also, I confess to being one of the people who's pinned the sign over your bed. Totally pinworthy. :)

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Christen Clark
Aug 12, 2011

I love pinterest, and I'm also now at the point where I can do it in sane doses. I HATE all the inspirational quotes, though, and I pretty much immediately unfollow any board that posts a lot of them. Ugh.

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Jane
Aug 12, 2011

Pinteresting indeed!!

(and just put myself on the waiting list, obviously been living under a rock!)

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Courtney
Aug 12, 2011

I could have written this post. For the first few days (OK maybe longer) I was sucked into the Pinterest vortex, BAD. But now I do it a few minutes here and there, and maybe scroll through the "everything" page at night if I'm bored.

I agree, some of the quotes that people post are a) ridiculous and possibly b) incorrectly attributed, but I've gotten some great recipe ideas (that I've actually used) and found some cute clothes (that I've actually bought).

The one bad thing is that it feeds my need to plan way in advance, so I have *two* boards for my next kid's nursery. We're not even trying yet! But still, these things must be pinned.

Oh, and yeah, I have yet to see a guy on there.

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suzie
Aug 12, 2011

Not women v. men, but maybe "creative" v. "non-creative." If my husband were on Pinterest, he would have 15 different categories and keep track all sorts of inspiration for his various photograph, painting and writing projects. I, however, am perplexed by the whole concept, and don't understand how it's useful. But ... why? Why would I pin those things? It doesn't click for me.

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Anna
Aug 12, 2011

I think this really explains how we all felt in the beginning... and maybe still a bit.

http://pinterest.com/pin/108548884/

Anna

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Nolita
Aug 12, 2011

I can't Pinterest. I am inundated enough seeing the Pinterest posts on my favorite bloggers' blogs and I have enough lists and project ideas tucked away for a rainy day (or a lottery winning) on my computer and BlackBerry to get me by I think... I find that I need the opposite of Pinterest in my life these days!

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Jessica
Aug 12, 2011

I am on Pininterst and we follow each other but I only joined this week and I have yet to fall into the time-suck! I'm waiting for a really slow time at work? Maybe? I've pinned a few things, but I know it's going to get crazy when I figure it out.

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Sheila
Aug 12, 2011

Can't. Do it. There are too few hours in the day as it is.

I'm signed up, but I. Won't. Look.

sigh

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Jan Ross
Aug 12, 2011

Just joined recently and had an issue figuring out how to Pin but now I am allaboutit. May have to have a Pinterest Intervention. (Say that five times fast.)

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jasmine
Aug 12, 2011

thank you! its 6am in Singapore right now. Guess who's playing around with it??

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Bianca Anderson
Aug 12, 2011

Your post just reminded me I meant to check out the site. I'm not sure whether to thank you or not, because it took me about 5 minutes to get an invite, and then another 5 minutes to feel the sweet embrace of a new obsession.

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Lauren
Aug 12, 2011

I think I must have started right around the time you did. For the first few days... Ok a week, I was pinning as if my life depended on it. As if I didn't have enough pins, someone would judge me. I had to catch up. Now I am actually at the point where I will be working from home soon and I am glad to have all the interesting ideas for decorating. I'm going with yellow and white, if you're interested. I was telling my guy friend about it and he was like, "wow, sounds like a waste of Internet." To which I replied, "just like everything else." I do have a male friend on there and he mostly just posts things about cameras and beards.

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Lauren
Aug 12, 2011

PS- Any of you feel free to follow me on Pinterst! I'm still new and I need to follow more people and I think if we are all here, we all have good taste in blogs. :) http://pinterest.com/laurenelectro

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Tracie
Aug 12, 2011

I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole and didn't emerge for several days, either. I'm able to do it in small doses now...and I'm still in love with it. There is a simple kind of genius to it.

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elz
Aug 13, 2011

I can't join Pineterst, I know it would be like crack for me. It's getting so hard to resist though!

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Ashley
Aug 13, 2011

so did you get into my head for 5 minutes and then write this? spot on with this post. i have finally made it to the stage where i can pass the time with 5 minutes of pinning, instead of eating up entire days. pinterest is probably my ultimate website being a listmaker. i used to bookmark things for days... and then never go back to them. at least now i can pull up a board and find a little inspiration, particularly with diy and recipes. the fact that it's a visual list... a virtual bulletin board, if you will... fits me to a t.

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Marcheline
Aug 13, 2011

Meh.... I'll stick with the cat videos.

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lori
Aug 14, 2011

Yep, weirdly addictive (well, weirdly HUGELY addictive), and nearly exclusively women. Maybe we have the organized-inspired-no time gene or something??

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Jennifer
Aug 15, 2011

I love, love, love Pinterest! Thank goodness I can pin at work as I have uber amounts of free time there right now.

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Helen
Aug 16, 2011

I'm not a member but recently found my wedding invitations "pinned" there. That was a pretty surreal moment.

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jennifer in sf
Aug 16, 2011

Ha. Your friend is SO right. I finally started actually using my account to... gather pictures of haircuts I liked! And then of course it became so much more.

46

thanks for calling it how it is. i too, am a newbie. pinterest me? and what's with those cat videos?!

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Richelle
Aug 24, 2011

I found pinterest, but my husband is the one who is addicted. I confess I'm one of the ones that pinned your kitchen remodel. My husband and I are looking for a house and I pinned it to remind myself to see the potential in all those ugly kitchens out there!

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Hillary Chandler
Aug 25, 2011

Late comment, but had to say how much I love Pinterest... I pinned your tissue pompoms tutorial. I am planning a Peter Rabbit themed first birthday party for my daughter, and I thought they would be cute as decorations. This way if people think they are lettuce, it kind of goes with the theme!

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amanda
Sep 05, 2011

I'll just come out and say it: I think we should be bff's, you are hilarious! (i promise I'm not some creepy stalkerish weirdo, although having to say it kinda doesn't help. haha!)
I love your blog! and totally found it through some random Pinterest link ;)

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elizabethsheryl
Sep 30, 2011

I LOVE Pinterest, and this whole post had me giggling 'cause everything is true. Including the hair tutorials and lots of quotes and "funny" Keep Calm and Carry On rip-offs.

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gaidig
Jan 15, 2012

First, I am constantly falling into the trap of stimulating my creative faculty by surfing Pinterest without actually *making* anything. Second, I may be one of the people you found who had pinned some of your photos. I'm at http://pinterest.com/gaidig/

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Wood
May 18, 2016

Going to put this aritlce to good use now.

2009å¹´09月25æ—¥ 星期五 上午12:06 匿名:我特別想回應一下你。你說「E個blog講既所有野都係對趙小姐不利」...我感到奇怪,不如倒轉頭反問你,點解我要說「對趙小姐有利的說話」或「點解我要走去撐趙小姐」å‘¢?其實我已經非常俾足面,只是指出趙小姐野蠻拍片,及事件中的店舖價格差異,不能成為她拍片唱衰人的理據。甚至乎我也沒有把她母親的照片貼出來,外界貼是一回事,但我還是沒貼,當然,還有趙小姐的其他照片,我也沒貼出來。那個店長是太怕羞和 EQ 不足,其實要告趙小姐,是可行的,並非空口說,真是可以反咬,一舖令她一身蟻(指法律上)。信不信由你,真是可以一鑊剷死她,官非已經慘過現在的「網上聲討」。

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