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.”
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?