Hello, my name is Jessica and I have a problem.
No, it’s not with samoas—well it is because they’re freaking delicious, but that’s not the issue here. According to the picture above, I’ve been pinning away for the past year. When I joined Pinterest it was by invitation only (I think), but I’m guessing anyone and everyone can join at this point based by all the posts I’ve seen on Facebook recently. These days I try to only get on the board twice a day: once in the morning to see what people pinned while I slept, and then again at night to see what new and exciting things were pinned during the day that I can’t live without.
I know “can’t live without” sounds fairly sarcastic, but I’m pretty darn serious about it. These ideas are life changing and always hear myself saying “why didn’t I think of that!” I mean, really, using toilet paper rolls to keep wrapping paper together? Whoa. Mind blowing. (Okay, that last part was a bit sarcastic).
The problem I have with Pinterest (well, I actually have several serious issues, but that’s another post for a different day) is that it spurs my procrastination. For example: I just spent entirely too long reorganizing, editing, and renaming my boards. I had 33 boards and now I have 38, but at least every pin is now (almost) in its own cosy little organized board. And speaking of Pinterest procrastination, here I am writing about the darn site instead of sharing several other things with you, like how we were stranded in the middle of Italy when our car broke down on the way to Tuscany! I have three other posts half-written, because I keep getting sidetracked with projects I have to do rightthisverysecond.
To be fair, it’s not just a giant time-suck. I do make a lot of the recipes I pin, I buy things I’ve seen, I go places, I’m buying materials for crafts that I can’t even pronounce, and I’m learning how to do new things every day.
But with that said, I’m working on ways to minimize my pinning addiction. The only way I can think of doing that at the moment is by trimming down the people I follow. If I follow less people/boards I’ll have less pins to look at twice a day. Good idea? Any other thoughts? And no, deleting my account isn’t an option at the moment.
Just to clarify, I didn’t write this post in an effort to get you to all follow me on there. I mean, feel free to follow my boards, but I most likely won’t follow you back (see paragraph above); I wrote this because Pinterest is on my mind… a lot. What are your Pinterest thoughts?
One last thing: does anyone else call it Pinster? I don’t know why I call it that, but I do and sometimes I have a really hard time calling it Pinterest!