Have you discovered Pinterest yet?
I resisted for a long time. I guard my time pretty vigilantly, and I didn’t want to sign up for yet another time-sucking social media site.
But I happened to read Mandi’s post entitled Pinterest: Visual Inspiration Made Easy the day after I commented to my husband that my open browser tabs were out of control. I didn’t have a good filing system for the “save for later” photos and ideas I came across on the web, and my system of a gazillion bookmarks wasn’t working. At all. But Mandi’s post made me realize that Pinterest could be the filing system I’d been looking for.
I got my invite and signed up. (You can find me there at ModernMrsDarcy.) And I’m hooked.
So what is Pinterest, exactly? Here’s a description from Pinterest’s About page:
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
Pinterest is an online pinboard: you can save (“pin”) ideas you come across on the web to boards that you select, name and organize. You are your own curator (and you know curation’s all the rage, right?) Some of my most-used boards are labeled “recipes to try“, “book storage and display“, and “domestic goddess hacks.” (Oh, and Christmas ideas. Even though it’s August.) So when I find something on the web that I want to hold on to for reference (like how to fold a fitted sheet, or these awesome bookshelves), it’s super-easy to retrieve later.
But Pinterest is a social bookmarking site, and that’s a lot of the fun of it. You can follow other Pinterest users and see all the interesting things they’ve pinned. It’s a great way to come up with new ideas. (But if you’re busy, you can ignore Pinterest for weeks with no guilt or ill repercussions.)
Pinterest is a practical way to organize your ideas, but it’s also a ton of fun. If I need some downtime, sitting down with a cup of coffee and Pinterest for 15 minutes is a fun escape.
Ready to get started? Megan has put together a great Pinterest beginner’s guide.
Are you on Pinterest? Leave me a comment so we can connect!