Pinterest – Yea or Nay?
If you read my personal blog, you know I’m in the midst of deciding what to do with my kitchen (so I can sell my house). I have a “kitchen file” (read: a boot box overflowing with unorganized pages ripped from magazines, print outs from web sites and sample materials) that I began putting together when I first bought the house more than a decade ago. (I’ve always wanted to redo the kitchen…but there were too many others things that took precedence. If you want to see my plan from 2005 or so, click here.)
But now, instead of adding to my physical idea file, I’ve started a Pinterest page – not only for kitchen ideas, but for the pieces I’ve built for the magazine, as well as pieces I’d like to build. I go back and forth as to whether it’s a good idea to “broadcast” what you might see in the magazine (months if not years from now)…but it’s just so darn handy to “pin” ideas with a mouse click, that I can then see from any Internet-enabled device. (By the by, we also have a Popular Woodworking Pinterest page, which I think is maintained by our social media folk.)
I just wonder if, like my physical file, my Pinterest boards (the kitchen one in particular) will soon become so unwieldy that I can’t find anything on them. At the moment, they’re still small enough to be useful. But I’m an ideas packrat – online and off. (I also worry about pinning something that is undeniably ugly and having folks think I’m crazy – when really, I’ve pinned it just for a piece of hardware or a finish or as inspiration for something else entirely.)
Do you use Pinterest? If so, why (and feel free to share your boards below)? And, if you started a board some time ago, has it stood the test of time? I realize the site has been around for a while – and I know it’s a massive hit among some of the other F+W communities (knitting and sewing, in particular). I’m only sort of sold.