“Well, I have a couple of minutes to see what others are pinning.”
“Oh! I have a _________________________ coming up and I need ideas STAT!”
(class party/birthday party/family trip)
“Who has time to find a good blog with a Google search these days?”
“My Pinterest boards are the only thing I can keep organized!”
“It’s mindless like flipping through a magazine.”
I have said or thought all of the above many times. I love the purpose of Pinterest, but I am becoming less enamored with my interest. I have more of an addiction. I have even tried to equate it to fanatic sports fans. The fans that know every statistic for the past 10+ years. But I can’t do that any longer. They have a passion for a sport and the desire to know all they can to create a connection. I will confess that I have a need to be nosy into other people’s pins and a compulsion to pin things that I don’t even click through the blog it is associated with. OUCH. I rarely check out the pin farther than the initial picture. Who has time for that?
(photo credit: Lasso the Moon)
I do want to declare that I am not opposed to Pinterest at all or your use of it. I am opposed to mine. I think I am pinning when I could be learning from those I know in my life or future friends. Sure, maybe I can search Pinterest for Disney trip tips, but wouldn’t it be better to ask my friend who just went. I could learn from someone and make a real connection. I bet they would be happy to help me. A recent pinning rampage was an overseas trip I am interested in researching. I immediately started looking at Pinterest and started pinning to a private folder. I was pinning before it dawned on my that a new neighbor is from that country. Of course, I should go to her as my expert. Wouldn’t I rather have her as my guide and connect in real life? YES!
I have tried to defend my pinning with my desire for research. For the year I have been on Pinterest, I have been stuck in the R (research) stage of R&D. Very little has made it to the D (development) stage. I have probably only made a couple of recipes and tried a few home decor ideas. So, then why do I have 114 BOARDS? How did that happen? And those boards have 2,878 PINS! How did this happen? Please tell me I am not alone in this mindless addiction? Please!
Maybe you are like me and pinning away on your Pinterest app. Mindlessly pinning away. I rarely ever log into the Pinterest website, because I find it too overwhelming and cluttered for my taste. (Hope you can see the irony in this confession!) It has been 6 months since I have logged onto the Pinterest website. That is when those statistics burned into my retina and made my heart race. Shock and dismay rolled over me like soul-searching waves. I was truly not aware of my dependence on this app. Immediately I thought I need to start doing and stop pinning. My research side kicked into gear. I wanted to know more about where I spend my time and find out what it says about me. I bet your boards say a lot about you as well.
Sure, a lot of mine are what I have mentioned: party plans, birthdays, and travel. Many are for this specific phase of my life including parenting, cleaning, and cooking. But those don’t have high numbers. I had to find the board with the most. It would show me my true interest and a reflection of what I want to change the most. As I scrolled through 114 boards, it jumped out at me and made me loudly laugh in my quiet house. There it was 1,124 pins in one board. There they were 1,124 pins of sayings, quotes, and phrases that I resonate with me like a gong. The board is called, Things for My Wall. Can you imagine how BIG that wall would have to be to even if the sayings were on sticky notes?
I can’t say for certain, but I am pretty sure that only 3-5% might be duplicates. I glanced through the entire board and I didn’t see any, which means that I probably have a secondary problem. I also have Pinning OCD, if I can remember what I haven’t pinned before. What a waste of my brain! Einstein would have a hay day with my wasted brain usage. He believed in not remembering small details you can look up. “Only put in enough energy and effort so as to pull out of life what really matters, what you really want. Be organized enough that you can find everything you need or want, when you need or want it. But don’t fret over the small stuff. And have a way to be confident you can tell the small stuff from the big stuff,” was Einstein’s advice to be less cluttered. I need to take this saying from my imaginary wall and keep it close as a mantra.
Einstein or not:: What good is all this inspiration if it is stuck on a make-believe wall on a Pinterest board?
Some that follow my pins might see it when it is initially pinned. What impact does that make? They don’t know why I care about those words or why they could too. Am I alone in wanting to change the world with my pins? I know that my budget board with 4 pins isn’t where my passion is found or shared. Something must come from my new awareness and my 1,124 pins of inspiration.
Tell me what do you think I should do?
What Pinterest board do you have the most pins for?
Here is what I have done to change my behavior today with my iPhone! Baby steps!
BEFORE MY BLOG
AFTER THIS BLOG – Take that Pinterest!