There are certain trends that I avoid with all of my being; I just run the other way and wait for them to pass. Normally I am successful when I put my mind to it, but there are some that have found holes in my willpower, including flair jeans (the return of bell bottoms in disguise), jeggings, and the latest: Pinterest.com.
Pinterest is a Website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections, such as events, home décor, recipes, and more. When you find something you like, you click “Repin” and it will come to live on your part of the site. When you need a recipe you can click on the photo of the Chicken Fajitas and you get taken to the Website where the photo and recipe originated.
I tend to have a rather obsessive personality, that’s why I have been avoiding the Pinterest trend – I thought I would never leave my computer again. When I peeked over the shoulders of friends as they pinned I saw all of the beautiful, shiny ideas for home décor, and do-it-yourself projects and I had to look away. It was just too tempting.
Pinterest launched in May 2011 and in December of that year it became one of the top 10 largest social network services with 11 million visits per week.
As you can see, I could only avoid it for so long. Here it is, February 2013 and I have joined Pinterest.com officially.
I entered the site very hesitantly and what I found kind of freaked me out: most of the people I know have a Pinterest account and are active pinning items. I felt like I was incredibly late for the party!
You would never guess I was someone who resisted this trend. Now I’m in love with it. I have 13 separate types of boards and have pinned 221 items on to those boards. I’m in deep. There’s no turning back.
I am collecting ideas to redecorate the bathrooms and bedrooms in our 1920s home, recipes for entertaining and healthy eating, gift and organization ideas, and my favorite board is called “Genius Ideas.” That fabulous board has tips like keeping baseboards clean using dryer sheets, how to clean your iron and toaster, and when writing in frosting on a cake, use a toothpick to outline the letters before you start with the frosting.
How did I live without this kind of knowledge up to this point? I feel smarter. I am never leaving Pinterest. I plan to be hip and trendy on this site until it starts to interfere with my work. Oh wait, it already does.
Follow me at www.Pinterest.com/smccurdy13