Today’s Obsession – Pinterest

Oh yes.  I am totally obsessed with Pinterest.  You might be wondering if I’ve been living under a rock since Pinterest is old news.  I haven’t been living under a rock, I just resisted this popular movement.  It’s my inner rebel.  It’s my inner rebel and sometimes I live under rocks.

Initially, it sounded so much like other programs I was using to bookmark ideas, images, etc.  I mean do I really need to add yet another thing I follow, am followed on or check every two seconds for updates?   There are so many options out there that I didn’t want to end up wasting time on yet another social online something or other.

But I was wrong, so very wrong.  I love me some Pinterest.  And truly, it IS a better option than e-mailing myself a link to something that I thought was interesting but will never actually look at again.  Not sure why I ever thought this method of cataloging thoughts would  work – all it did was clog my inbox.

So if you love Pinterest – you know why you love it.  Let me obsess for a moment.  If you’re not on Pinterest, here are a couple of reasons I love it.

Visual Organization of Ideas or better yet, obsessions. – I am an insanely visual person.  I think it’s why I like Apple products – they’re so visually appealing.  Clean lines with a modern edge, pristine colors…I digress.  When it comes to food, I cannot and will not buy a cookbook without pictures.  If I can’t tell what it’s supposed to look like when it’s cooked, how do I know if I want to eat it?  You’re already taking a risk by trying out a new recipe, why not have some sort of visual assurance.  Hmmm, that looks good. Good enough to eat.  Why yes, I think I will try a new recipe.  With Pinterest, I can pin pictures of food that look appealing.  They’re all right there – my own visual cookbook.  Love it!  And that’s just food, you can do this with literally any subject matter – ideas that inspire you, artwork, clothing, home ideas, places to go, people to see.  All of it, nicely organized in one place.   I never have to sift through twenty e-mails to find the picture of the flooring that I liked.  It’s all there.

But wait there’s more…

Direct link to site – not only are all the pictures there and organized, when you click on the picture it links you directly to the site.  WHAT?!?!  I no longer have to cut and paste the link or go to the home page of a blog to then try to find what I’m looking for.  I think they posted that recipe two weeks ago?  Wait maybe it was in May.  May 15th.  No?  June, that’s right June.  I give up.  Not anymore!  I just gained back a day trying to find the recipe for the tomatillo pork that my husband e-mailed me last year.  Sigh.

And of course, the most appealing reason….

It’s just pretty.  Ah, pretty – the real reason why I like things – aesthetically pleasing.  Now you know my dark secret – I like pretty things.  I don’t know what it is, but every time I log in, I feels like I’m on the Anthro website where everything is visually appealing.  I also feel completely inspired.  Inspired to cook, to make Lola some cool clothes or make myself a skirt.  Or just enjoy what inspires others.

Seriously though, if you haven’t checked out Pinterest, do it now.  Really.  Right now.  You’re life will never be the same.  I promise.  Ok, not really.  If you’re shaking your head because Pinterest is old news, what can I say?  Shame on you for keeping this a secret?  If you tried to tell me about it….sorry.  I can be a bit stubborn some times.

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