There is not a day that goes by that I am not involved with Pinterest in some fashion. I tend to browse for at least 30 minutes a day and even on days off, my friends send me pins they think I’ll like or I’ll be doing a project for Pintertesting. In the course of a year, it has become a major part of my online life, my entertainment and it’s influence is all over my house. It all started with my Craftiness board…and has exploded into 29 more boards (3 of them are secret boards). I have boards for crafts, food, fashion, exercise, funny stuff, stuff that restores my faith in humanity and obviously many more. I have a secret wedding board because having one that’s visible is just asking for bad juju.
In the beginning, all my boards were just like everyone else’s. Then I made boards for specific rooms in my house and what I’d like to do to them ;). Which then turned into me making a board for Alex’s birthday. I needed to keep track of all the things I wanted to do for his party in one place. I created a board for an event. Not for food or make up or things to do with Mod Podge. Now I can look back on that board and remember how hilarious Shot Roulette was or how much fun everyone thought the “Roof Pizza” was. I don’t need that board anymore and I could delete it. What fun would that be, though? Now I have what is basically a digital scrapbook reminding me how much fun we had with the added bonus that there are no pictures of me in it.
I’ve recently created boards for my upcoming trip to New Orleans for my sister’s birthday and one for my brother and sister-in-law’s kind of second wedding. They are group boards so my sister and sister-in-law, respectively, can pin into them. These aren’t just so that we can plan, but we’ll also be able to look back on these boards and remember the fun we had not only at these events, but also the fun we had putting them together. In these cases, we can remember our sisterly bonding.
If I post about these things later, I can also pin those to the boards and share them with the people who follow. I’m not the best about printing out photos or making those cool shutterfly yearbooks all the cool bloggers make (maybe when I’m married), but having these boards is a way for me to look back on all the fun I’ve had. I don’t know if this was ever an intention of the people who developed Pinterest, but it certainly a fringe benefit that I’ll enjoy for years to come (perhaps it will help with Pinterest’s longevity if more people start doing this).
My Pinterest account is slowly becoming a giant collaborative scrapbook and I am really digging it. Has anyone else been doing this? Please tell me having 30 boards is normal.