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Why Pinterest.com may be the most addictive site ever (and why you should sign up)

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Despite the fact I’m familiar with many of the cutting-edge social media technologies, I am often hesitant to adopt them because I’m already too busy with blogging, Twitter, Facebook and my iPhone.

However, my latest obsession Pinterest.com has surpassed them all.

And believe me, that’s really saying something.

I’ve gone from being a bored cook to being constantly inspired to try the onslaught of new, fabulous recipes. The endless barrage of crafts and styles motivate me to action and I am completely addicted to the holiday section where I have found a collection of the most innovative, creative and delicious offerings on the Web that are updated every second.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself here. If you’re not familiar, here are a few basics.

What is Pinterest?

According to Pinterest’s “About Us” page, it is a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things — recipes, holiday ideas, travel, crafts, kid’s activities. You name it, people are pinning it.

Why I love it

I am a visual creature and my computer’s bookmarks just don’t cut it. The process is simple: if you see a Web site you like, simply copy-and-paste the URL. Or, if it is already on Pinterest.com, simply “repin.”

How Do I Get Started?

Sorta Crunchy posted a great tutorial here. It’s very simple to get started and so very worth it.

My Favorite finds (so far!)

Honestly, there are too many great finds to really count (and I’ve only been active for a couple of months). Go to my page to see a few of my inspirations but some favorites have included:

Sure, we’ve all heard of gingerbread men but why not flip them the other way around to make reindeer?

This amazing autumn salad with spinach, pears, craisins, feta, green onions, bacon, candied walnuts.

I am totally making this edible tree on Christmas morning.

Harry Potter would be so pleased with this recipe for Butter Beer that has been floating around Pinterest.

These Santa brownie hats are fun and easy.

I’m totally going to do a family tree like this for my picture wall.

I love this site that has many ideas for Crazy Hair Day.

Want to spend more quality time with your kids? At dinnertime, here are 30 questions to ask them, one for every day of the month. This blog writes a new set of questions every month; some are silly, some are serious.

I appreciate all the great organizational helps on Pinterest. I really love this idea.

There are so many funny quotes floating around that make me chuckle every day.

See? Funny.

And fashion. Don’t even get me started on my fashion finds. I love this necklace: one half is your fingerprint, the other is your significant other’s.

And these boots? To die for!

I could go on but the important thing is for you to get on Pinterest.com. And if you’re already a part of the Pinterest community, what are your favorite things to pin? Note: Since it is still in Beta, leave your email in the comment section below if you’d like an invitation. Updated: Rumor has it there is a waiting list to join (a testament of its popularity). Be sure to leave a comment to get on it now!

Happy pinning! (But don’t say you haven’t been warned….)

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Comments
  • comment avatar Rhonda December 13, 2011

    Hey Amber! Please send me an invitation. I’ve been wanting check it out, but haven’t gotten to requesting an invite yet.

    Thanks!

    Rhonda “Roo”
    disneyroo@msn.com

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 13, 2011

    Will send right now. You’ll love it! Make sure to read some of the tutorials!

  • comment avatar Kristen December 13, 2011

    Thanks, Amber! I’ve been getting glimpses of things I love!!! Can you send an invite to khaaijer@yahoo.com ? I’m a pinterest wanna be. And I am sooo making those santa hat brownies! You and Kelly have me hooked!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 13, 2011

    I absolutely LOVE it! I just sent you an invite.

  • comment avatar Jennifer December 13, 2011

    Oh my yes…..hours lost I tell ya!

  • comment avatar Meagan December 13, 2011

    I love this site!! I’ve also passed the addition on to many of my mom friends!! Great for crafts. Follow me on there and you’ll see the depth of my addiction! 😀

  • comment avatar Melissa December 13, 2011

    Can you send an invite to retrochick73@gmail.com? I have been putting off going on there as I am afraid I will never leave the site once I get started. 🙂 Thank you!

  • comment avatar Misty December 13, 2011

    Sooo addicted! It has so many creative ideas to bring out my inner Martha wanna be!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 13, 2011

    I’ve been submitting email invites but just heard back from Kristen there’s a waiting list. Get on it–totally worth it. Even without officially joining, you can still benefit by using the search for great ideas.

  • comment avatar Jamie December 13, 2011

    Could you possibly send me an invite too? I would LOVE to get onto this site 🙂 tardiffs4@hotmail.com I have heard sooo much about it but those who have said they would help me out haven’t yet 🙁 Thank you sooo much in advance!!!! :):):):)

  • comment avatar Nora W December 13, 2011

    Very cool but crazy addicting…I had successfully avoided it recently and then you pulled me back in.

  • comment avatar Lisa B December 13, 2011

    Oh I am loving Pinterest. And Instagram. And Words With Friends. I don’t know how people can get bored if you’ve got a smartphone!

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 13, 2011

    Jamie–I sent you an invite.

  • comment avatar Jaime Swartzendruber December 13, 2011

    I stumbled upon it not too long ago – it’s fabulous! I love the family tree idea!

  • comment avatar Carol December 13, 2011

    I love Pinterest! I was looking for a good way to organize and find the recipes from the blogs that I follow. Saving links wasn’t working for me because what often draws me in is the picture of the food. I have been able to try a lot more of the recipes that I have saved this way. LOVE IT!

  • comment avatar Gerry December 13, 2011

    I am on the waiting list. Please send me an invite. Thanks! I do follow you, and am coming out of lurking!

  • comment avatar alisa December 13, 2011

    i would love to be invited. Thanks

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 13, 2011

    Alisa and Gerry–I invited you both!

  • comment avatar Beckie December 13, 2011

    Ok now I think I need to try Pinterest. I have seen & heard about it several times.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson December 13, 2011

    DO IT DO IT!

  • comment avatar Selma Nelson December 13, 2011

    This is great!

  • comment avatar Jodi Tilbury December 15, 2011

    Thank you so much for featuring this great website! I would love for you to send me an invitation!!

  • comment avatar Cari December 15, 2011

    Amber – please send me an invite 🙂
    Thanks!
    Cari
    csoutherl@gmail.com

  • comment avatar Katie December 15, 2011

    Please invite me to use pinterest! Thank you!

  • comment avatar Tina December 15, 2011

    Love to get an invite and thanks for the heads up!

  • comment avatar Jennifer December 17, 2011

    Love to get an invite!

  • comment avatar Jennifer December 17, 2011

    Invite, please! Can’t wait to check it out!

  • comment avatar Kim R December 27, 2011

    I would LOVE an invite to Pinterest! Thank you!

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  • comment avatar Katy Purcell January 9, 2012

    Would love to have an invitation

  • comment avatar Katy Purcell January 9, 2012

    would love to have an invitation to your website