Feb 23 2012 | 13 Comments
PIN UP GIRLS and boys….
The online community falls into four very distinct camps these days, people who are Pinterest addicts; they pin compulsively, randomly, and passionately. There are those who sign up for Pinterest, I think primarily because like with many sites they feel they should and then they proceed to either ignore it or follow others who are pinning their days away. There are those who have heard of it, though they are not quite sure what it is. Is it a sewing site? Is it a spa in the Pines? Is it some new mediation class one can take online? And then there are those under a rock who don’t know WTF Pinterest is.
Well, I proudly fall into the first group. I have become a pinning fool, a pinning maven, a pinning lover, a pineing to pin person.
Like many I started out in the second group. A few months ago I saw some pins and liked the way they looked, since I try and stay reasonably techie I signed up. I pinned one or two things only to completely ignore my boards.
Then one day I got a message that Gretchen Rubin of the wildly successful Happiness Project was following my pins. Yikes, the stakes were suddenly raised. Someone I respected was paying attention to my non-existant pins.
Gretchen and I are Facebook friends and we follow each other on Twitter. I read her blog daily, but with Gretchen pinning and now following mine I decided to get my pinning butt in gear so I took off and have never looked back.
I have to admit pinning is one of the most satisfying online experiences I have. First off it’s basically solitary, the only interaction with others is the odd comment or someone repining your pins or when someone follows you you get a notification. Otherwise it’s just you and whatever you feel like doing. Sometimes it’s like shopping without spending money. You just pin clothes you like or would like to have or outfits you might put together. It’s fantasy wardrobing. It can be designing a house only you skip the contractor, the decorator, the mortgage and the bills. It can be your dream room, around the world trip or library. It can be pinning your favorite burgers, golfers, colors you like, it’s whatever you want it to be. It’s your taste and imagination and thoughts and dreams and loves and likes and desires all put up on boards through images. It’s sublime.
I had been yacking away about pinning to my girls and both thought I was nuts ~ not the first time. One day not so long ago Taylor called me and said I didn’t have any classes this morning so I started pinning, it’s five o’clock and I can’t stop. “I know what you mean” I said as I pinned a yellow glass box on my board called THEY CALL ME MELLOW YELLOW. It’s so nice when mom is proven not to be a total crazy. And then she helped her sister start an account and we are now a pinning family. Not Glenn. Big surprise there!
So for those of you under the rock, what is Pinterest – that little red P that is now up there with the other top online signs?
“Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Pinterest is managed by Cold Brew Labs, a team based in Palo Alto, California. It is speculated that Pinterest is used more by women than men. The simplicity to share interest such as fashion and food caters to the demographic of women. Its current usage has made Pinterest a useful and rising tool for e-commerce. The continuation of its growth and reach partly depends on the help it gets from major social players.”
That came straight from Wikipedia.
The thing did sprout wings and fly off almost over night. This last December the site registered more than seven million unique users up from 1.6 million in September. It’s driving more traffic to company websites and blogs than You Tube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
In other words this thing is quickly becoming a monster.
There is no question it’s not for everyone. It is much more of a chick thing though I do have male followers. I cannot believe how fast it seems to be catching on; I went from maybe 10 followers to 270 in about a month and a half.
Now for those of you who are voyeurs on the site but haven’t started pinning, I guess if you just want to see what everyone else is doing that’s fine. Far be it for me to tell people to pin. I will say this; if someone starts following me and I notice they have nothing on their boards I don’t follow them back.
I would make this blog longer but the idea of doing a board of all hamburgers got me really excited. Yes, you get excited by pinning, a little high, I don’t want to get your hopes up but there are moments when it’s as good as sex or maybe a great hamburger.
If you want to follow me on Pinterest just press the red P at the top of the homepage. Happy Pinning!