If you’re ever feeling stupid, just remember someone invented a wrench and named it Allen.
I was feeling stupid. How hard could it be to set up a Pinterest account? I asked a teacher friend to help me. Created in 2012, Pinterest is an online bulletin board. People pin photos into collections called boards, which serve as big catalogs of objects. For users, it’s a way to think about and plan the future, or to show off one’s taste for free.
When we were kids, we had a pushpin-type bulletin board in our room and it always had things pinned on it. Things like horoscopes, phone numbers, letters, notes. I recall the cork board coming in handy when we were looking for a little scrap of paper or something we knew we had saved, but would have gotten lost in the junk drawer. When we bought our condo in California, a new cork board was the mainstay of the laundry room decor.
Now, of course, with a smartphone, you can keep your notes and photos with little effort. And that’s one of the reasons why I resisted using Pinterest. What could I possibly find there? Why would I need to save anything? Isn’t it a waste of time?
Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp defines Pinterest as: “a place where people can go to get ideas for any project or interest in their life. And as you encounter great ideas and discover new things that you didn’t even know were out there, you can pin them and make them part of your life through our system of boards. I think of it as a kind of utility. People use it to save and organize things for later. And then it turns out that integral to saving things is discovering new things…. Pinterest is about inspiration. And inspiration is a word that doesn’t resonate with people until they use Pinterest and get what that means, but that’s fundamentally about connecting to other people. Other people end up being people’s source of inspiration.”
You mean, like a cork board? Genius!
I started creating my boards with topics like blog, planners, and life hacks. I’ve saved more than 100 pins on my boards, and I have the app on my phone, iPad and laptop. However, I have articles and pictures saved, but I haven’t been on the app to read what I’ve pinned. I saved the pins because they were informative (did you know that eating a spoonful of peanut butter before bed helps you burn more calories when you sleep?!), but I’m just afraid that I’ll be sucked in and, before I know it, I will have spent two hours reading tidbits.
I saved an article entitled “How to Pay All the Bills Even When You Are Unemployed” and perhaps I should read that first.