I know, I know, bloggers just LOVE Pinterest. It’s almost blashphemy to say I’m not obsessed with it. And don’t get me wrong, I THINK IT’S GENIUS. Brilliant. But, I’ve been kind of a Pinterest party pooper. Let me tell you why.
1. I like using Pinterest as a place to bookmark things I want, ideas I like etc. But I don’t really love just browsing around on Pinterest. I usually just get frustrated that what I want is either too expensive or the back links take your to nowhere land.
I feel like browsing Pinterest is the online equivalent to shopping at Marshalls. Sure, you can find AMAZING things, but you have to mentally prepare for battle. You have to be willing to sort through crap, dig like a graveyard worker, and be prepared to come out of there a week later, unshaven, starving, and not sure of your last name. I just feel like it’s a lot to commit to.
2. It has changed the way blog traffic works. This is a really good thing, and then again, a misleading thing. A blog can get a lot of traffic from ONE pin, but it may not be a true representation of what really draws READERS to your blog. Or even a great representation of your blog. But I guess the say there’s no such thing as bad press? I’m not convinced.
3. I TWITCH when people say, “I got this idea on Pinterest.” I know I’m being such a nerd, but the thing is PINTEREST HAS NO IDEAS. There’s a hardworking blogger, or writer, or Martha Stewart minion somewhere out there who put their heart and soul into that idea! It’s not Ben from Pinterest’s idea. I guess I just respect creative property so much that it just bugs me a little. But I totally get on the flip side it’s helping people find that creative content that would have never otherwise seen it. So that’s good. Yet at the same time, I don’t think I’ve ever made a connection with someone who I found through Pinterest. It creates this disconnect. But maybe you found my blog through Pinterest, so it’s just me?!
As you can see I’ve given some thought on the matter.
But, I’ve decided, love it or hate it Pinterest is a valuable tool. And if I’m going to use it at all, well, I want it to represent me and what I love. So I spent an obscene amount of time the other night going through my boards. I deleted faulty links, reorganized my content, and made my titles and labels easier to understand. And maybe just maybe, I’ll come to love it.
Either way, if you want to check out my boards or follow me you can do so here!
And here are some of the boards I’ve been working on.
You know I love to party. And I really want my Party Ideas board to be a good time. So I’ve been working on that.
I have a thing for loud shoes. Well, I have a thing for LOUD. Then I realized I’ve been wearing the same pair of boring shoes almost everyday for the past 2 years. Then I realized Ginger is 2. She has ruined me!
Bed time is sexy time! I am on the HUNT for new bedding. I finally found some I loved at West Elm. I’ve been waiting so long to buy it because I wanted to make sure I really wanted it (and because I have no money). But now the shams are sold out! Now I can’t decide whether or not I care enough to have matching shams. MY LIFE IS SO HARD. Ok, it’s not. But thoughts?
And so there you have it. A post in which I denounce Pinterest, and at the same time invite you to follow me on it. What can I say, IT’S ALWAYS CRAZY ON THE ALISON SHOW!