Why I Like Pinterest  

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Why I Like Pinterest   

When Pinterest first launched in March, 2010, I didn’t get it.

Some of my co-workers tried to explain it to me, diddling their iPhones in the teachers’ lounge. “It’s like an electronic bulletin board. You ‘pin’ things you like.”

“Why?”

It seemed pointless to me, but months later I signed up for an account so that I could see what it was all about. I set up some boards with suggested titles, like “Favorite Places and Spaces” and “Recipes.” They went unused for a few weeks, while I started looking at the feed, trying to get a feel for it. Little by little, I saw pins that I wanted to save. Oh, THAT’S why Pinterest exists. Now I get it. I started following people I knew, and then I started following strangers who pin neat stuff.

Then I noticed that my favorite YouTube videos, which I had posted on my Facebook page for safekeeping, were no longer there. I created a “Music I Like” board on Pinterest, and it is my biggest time-waster online. At least once a week I visit it to watch some of my favorite videos, and hours go by before I realize it.

I will someday write a separate post extolling the virtues of YouTube. But for now I would like to share some of the videos on my Music board. Listen to them–they’re a little out of the ordinary.

I currently have 59 boards, including “Quotes,” “Stormy Weather,” “Doxies,” “Teacups,” “Beautiful Instruments,” “Arizona,” and “Cute Animal Pictures.”

In case you’re wondering what this has to do with creativity, I see Pinterest as a collection of ideas, jumping off points. For example, I have a board called “Pictures I Like” which I plan to use to practice my drawing and painting. I also have a “Writing” board that I go to when I need inspiration or a kick in the pants. I invite you to take a look. Click here.

Do you have a Pinterest page? What’s your take on it? Do you have an alternate idea about how to use Pinterest?

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

4 responses »

  1. I haven’t tried Pinterest yet; so far the only social media I use is Facebook, my weekly blog, and my Doing Life Together blog. I admire people who use Pinterest though. Sounds like they really enjoy it.

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  2. I do use Pinterest, but I also use some other sites as well. Someone once commented to me that Pinterest is like a big black hole that sucks you in and sucks your time as well. I agree with that and I have to limit the time I spend there because I could literally spend hours on that site. But at least my cabinets are getting weighed down with all the recipes I used to tear out of magazines! 😉

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