Why Pinterest.com may be the most addictive site ever (and why you should sign up)
posted by: Amber Johnson
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?
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.
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….)