“I’m just going to check my email, and then I’ll get to work.”
Happens to many of us, these days. Let’s face it, technology’s exciting stuff. As if Facebook or Twitter aren’t distracting enough, along comes Pinterest. Here is my next guest, Jolenna with her thoughts.
HOW TO SPEND MORE TIME THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ON PINTEREST
Pinterest is to time what a dryer is to socks – it’s a worm-hole to another dimension. It’s a whole new loop in the space-time continuum. It’s the land of the creative ideas, simple recipes, photos, science, and things that make you smile. You name it and there’s a picture of it here. Most people don’t realize this when they first start using the site; others — like me — were warned but were unbelievers. Notice I use past tense here. Once you begin, you believe.
In case you were wondering, Pinterest claims to be just a website. It looks ordinary and harmless. You would never guess it’s a window — no, no — a doorway — no, even more –it’s an invitation with a magic-carpet ride into that other-world-like dimension. Their disclaimer simply says “Pinterest is an online pinboard. Organize and share things you love.” What could possibly be wrong with that? How could that be the least bit dangerous to your schedule? Yes, I hear the doubt in your voice. I hear the assurance that “it can’t be that bad”. Maybe you’ll start to understand a little of what I mean when I explain how Pinterest is best used.
So, of course, you go to the above website and you create an account. Then, you look around. Under the word Pinterest at the top of the homepage, you’ll see options. Usually at least four are listed, categories — everything — popular — gifts. However, for a limited time, only another option is listed, “30 Days of Pinspiration”. On your home page, you create a “board”. If you’re not sure of what kind of board you might like to have, then you can find your friends that are using Pinterest. Oh, yes, they may not admit to you where they came up with the tasty recipe you loved at the potluck, or share any of their home-made candles, but now you’ll know. You can have a board about anything and everything. Food? Why stop at just one board? I have eight for food alone. Cute puppies,kittens, and barn animals? Yes, yes, and yes. Create a board for it,and then another, and then another because it deserves more than just one. Books you’ve read, are interested in reading, or just like the title of, and put it on a board. Interested in flowers? Of course, create a board for flowers. But, then, as you’re looking for flowers, you’ll realize you like the layout for a garden, maybe a garden bench, or an item in the garden. Well, then, doesn’t all that deserve its own board? And, of course, as you’re looking at the gardening, there are the supplies. You’ll need compost, fertilizer, mulch, bug repellant for the plants and yourself. Maybe all that gets its own board, but maybe you’ll combine your garden shed needs with other helpful tools that you didn’t realize you needed until you saw them here. You don’t want to use poison on the garden or on yourself, so why not make your own bug sprays? Yes, now you can. But wait, there’s more. Since you’re now making your own natural homemade bug sprays, maybe some of these supplies can be used to make other things. Yes, yes, they can, as a matter of fact. You can use the essential oils in everything from candles to body scrubs to lip balms. Chapstick? No, thank you. Who knows what chemicals are actually in that? Your stuff will be so much better because you know what’s in it. But it’s not just your lips that are chapped; no, your skin is drying out, too, so why not make some body lotions, body butter, body scrub, and even your own shampoo?
Need a gift for any occasion? You’ll find so many ideas and neat things to make that you’ll start inventing holidays to give them away. It’s not just the gifts you’ll see and make, though. No, this is Pinterest, home of…everything. Make your gift, make the gift wrap; learn to be the perfect host; add a sprig of something seasonal; make the perfect card or poem to go with it ,and then make a few extra for those last-minute gift-giving moments that sneak up on you.
As you can see, Pinterest is a fun step…no, leap…into the webosphere. It’s a powerful tool that can be addicting as the sugar-filled recipes you’ll find there. I have shown you but a glimpse of Neverland and have posted the “here there be monsters” sign. Use this knowledge wisely.