Oh, Pinterest. I love you. I was introduced to Pinterest about six months ago at a Chicago blogger get together, and I've definitely become an addict. It's a fantastic waste of time....and incredibly useful!
What is Pinterest? It's a virtual pin board that lets you organize and share the things you like on the internet. Everything is image-based, so its great for visual people such as myself. You install a 'Pin' button on your browser so that whenever you're browsing something you'd like to save, simply hit the button and a box will prompt you to label your pin.
The actual website is designed similarly to many social media sites. You get a profile, but instead of status messages and a vast 'about me' section, people can see all of your pins. Each pin is categorized by you into a different 'board,' providing a way to organize your profile.
It sounds complicated, but it's actually really fun. It has become a joyous obsession, and here's why you'll think it's cool too:
1. I feel incredibly creative.....even though I'm not creating or actually even doing anything at all.
I don't want to think about how many hours I've spent going through the Pinterest homepage and other people's Pinterest boards. All I'm really doing is hitting the 'pin' button on stuff I think is pretty, but when you look at my profile I appear to be a highly fashionable and artsy person.
2. How else would I have found recipes like these:
3. One day I will be the greatest party planner EVER!
Pinterest has the best dinner party/wedding/baby shower/general holiday get-together decorating tips. Did you know that if you take a wine glass, put it upside down on a table with a single flower bud under it and a votive candle on top you can make a beautiful centerpiece? Amazing! I don't know when I'll ever us this tip, but the important thing is that I can whip this out at any time.
4. I have another sourced to tell me how to dress.
I'm a sheep. I jump on the vast majority of fashion bandwagons, relying on magazines and celebrities to tell me what I should and shouldn't wear. It's not because I have an overwhelming need to be a fashionista. It's because if I didn't have these sources to go to, I'd probably be walking around in oddly-shaped jeans and random free t-shirts. How does Pinterest help this? I follow those cutesy blogger girls' 'style boards' and try to recreate their favorite outfits. I've become very successful at appearing as though I can actually pick out clothing.
5. I may be living in a tiny Chicago apartment now, but I can tell you exactly what I want my next home to look like:
(It will be a sad day for Chicago Quirk when I realize my next home probably won't have a jacuzzi with a fireplace in it.)
Now that you're completely convinced to sign up for Pinterest, I'll tell you that you need an invitation to join. Leave a comment if you need one! And if you already have Pinterest, follow me!