The scarlet letter. P. It started as an idea board for our wedding. Way easier than emailing a million images to my sister and mom every day, I entered my pinteresting beginnings. But back then not many people used it so I gave it up for a few months. The Pinterest honeymoon period of one week had worn off. Then, upon my prodigal return last autumn, wholly guacamole... everyone and their sister were pinning away. This made things a bit more fun.
Now, it’s become the worst thing in social media since the advent of Facebook. I’m talking back in the days when we had to be “invited” to join. So addicting. I mean, don’t these photos make you happy?
Pin. Pin. Pin. Here’s the truth. My board, teacher tools, is seasonally complete with 65 educational pins. I’ve used/created 7 of those for my classroom. That’s 10%. An occupational waste of time. My workout inspired “physique” board means well with 30 fitness related pins. Less than a dozen times have I referenced that pin for interval workouts or inspiration. The only good in my “the d.i.y. list” board is the living succulent wreath I conquered a few months ago. Go, me! Let’s not even discuss the recipes for yummy dinners or charming desserts fit for a party. Not one. single. recipe. Zip, zero, zilch.
Do you know that kitchen drawer where you put the coupons and handymen’s business cards? The throw away drawer that also holds miscellaneous post-it notes, inkless pens, nail clippers and scissors? That’s Pinterest. You’re positive you’ll need that mechanic’s number one day, but when the day comes, you just search Angie’s List. When you finally reach in to grab the Rita’s free italian ice coupon, you find out it’s a year old. And then there’s the nail clippers. You’ve already replaced them two or three times. If only you knew, all along, they were in that darn drawer.
I’ll tell you the true value of Pinterest. Birthdays. Christmas’. Anniversaries. Take a look at somebodies boards and you know exactly what to get them as a gift. No more guessing. They lay it out for you. Board by board. Neat little digital files of all things they desire. Ahem, hubcap. My birthday’s in about 80 days….
Boys… listen up. She says she isn’t thinking about marriage, but check out her boards. Hidden in between a fashion board and a recipe board, she’s got her dress, flowers and colors picked out. The ring’s there, too, if you need some help.
Will I stop pinning? Well, did I ever stop dropping coupons in that kitchen drawer? The one thing Pinterest has going for it is that it takes the creepy, stalker feel out of Facebook. And I like pinning. It’s a great little filing cabinet with quick links to everything I could never possibly need. (Yes, I meant to say it that way).
Have a fabulously pinteresting day.
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