I have some thoughts on Pinterest. You knew I would, right? I don’t spend a lot of time on Pinterest at all, but when I’m there I like what I see.
I enjoy Pinterest for personal reasons. By “personal” I don’t mean “secret.” Rather, I mean, they are specific to me and my quirks.
Now let’s focus on those quirks: I love that Pinterest forces people to take a stand even if it’s about something benign like yellow walls vs. blue ones. Might sound bizarre, but it thrills me to see all those demonstrative statements in one place. Maybe it’s because I’m, shall we say, opinionated? Seeing others declare their “must try” recipes and “doing this today” organizational ideas makes me happy. Yes, it also makes me a little weird, but hear me out.
Now that I’ve had a blog for a while, my opinions are out there for anyone to consume. I’m active on Twitter and Facebook, and to tell you the truth, even before my “online life” most of the people close to me (or anyone who has been on a committee with me for anything) could probably guess how I would feel about an array of topics. Clearly I have something of a big mouth. I’m not saying this is a good thing. It is what it is though, so what I ADORE about Pinterest is how it weeds out the wishy-washy in basically everybody. On Pinterest, I’m home.
It’s true. On Pinterest, I’m a mere speck in a sea of public proclamations. Sure, the topic at hand might be vintage watches or 36-exercises for inner-thigh shapeliness, but I don’t care.
Sometimes the topics delve below the surface. “AMEN!” someone I know vaguely from my kids’ pre-school might write under a motivational quote stating “Still Time to Change the Road You’re On.” And you know what, now I’m wee-bit obsessed with this person for something like four days. What road is she on I wonder? What road would she speed down tomorrow if she could? Which paths have been full of regret? I want to know! I also want to try those outrageously unhealthy cookie dough cake pops she pinned a few weeks ago and see if she ever puts that whimsical wallpaper in her powder room.
Weird, I told you.
You see what I mean though? Pinterest forces characters, I mean real people to pop off the page. Speaking of real people, Pinterest is full of them. How refreshing to see so many of my real-life acquaintances in one place. (You can’t count Facebook where most non-blogging or what I call “non-virtual” people just lurk rather than post anyway. Can’t blame them.)
All that Pinterest coolness aside, Pinterest is definitely not the new Twitter. (My regular readers know that Twitter is my one and only social media love.) While Pinterest is fun and visual, it lacks Twitter’s unique blend of sharing and 140-character wordsmith wonderment. Here’s why: Even though Pinterest has a “like” button and an area for comments, I rarely see those elements at play. Originality on Pinterest is not valued like it is on Twitter. Often on Twitter when people retweet a statement or a link, they take the time to give a clue as to why. So while I value visual declarations of opinion, I guess I value originality more.
On Pinterest people rarely reword the label under the picture. A mom of three girls might repin a healthy recipe of Brussels sprouts simmering in a tomato broth without noticing that the original caption says “Making for my son’s bday.” So while we know a little more about said Pinner for her choice to share that particular recipe, we don’t know as much as we potentially could. Is she really serving those Brussels sprouts at a kid’s party (kudos and good luck) or should she have changed that caption to “Dinner side dish. Will try” or something like that?
That laziness in proper captioning bothers me, because I’m a little quirky like we already established. Give me lines in the sand. Give me clear-cut statements. Daughter, not son, dammit. Side dish, not birthday party. Say it like it is, sister.
Okay, captioning problems aside, I still find it interesting to see this subtle insight into others’ creative sides and into their lives. It’s probably why I love reading blogs, writing a blog, and it’s also why I ask a lot of questions when I meet people (good thing) and offer too much information and unmitigated opinion in almost every conversation (less of a good thing).
Finally, I’d like to beg all the bloggers out there to settle down with the unending pinning of blog posts. Let’s leave some corner of the Internet for the regular people, m’kay?
Do you like Pinterest? Why or why not?