Monday, March 11, 2013

The Magical World of Pinterest

These colors draw my eye into their warmth
When I told my Facebook friends, “I joined Pinterest. Any tips?” most of them said things like, “set the timer,” and “kiss your time management plan goodbye.” One person even said, “Stay away!”
I realize now why my friends are right about Pinterest being a time-sucker. All those lovely images draw your eyes in, and you can’t help thinking, “Just one more page,” or “Just one more pin.” It’s a magical world.

But I did find a secret way to enter the magical world of Pinterest and not give up my real life of working, writing, eating, sleeping, and wifing (Microsoft Word tells me that “wifing” is not a word, but I’m making it one. It is the act of spending time with your husband, so he won’t think you fell off the planet).
What is my secret?

A rule I created for myself: every board I create must have a purpose for helping others.

I don’t just pin photos up on my Amusing Animals board because I find them cute—I pin ones that I hope will make you laugh, thus adding enjoyment to your day. All the quotes I pin on my To Make Your Day board are ones I hope will give you a heart lift. And so on.

Me, at age 1 1/2, after winning a baby contest
I only have five boards, with two dozen or less pins on each one. So I’m by no means the Pinterest Princess. And perhaps you should come back in a few months to see if I keep my rule, or I’ve gone crazy pinning recipes (I rarely cook), home decorating ideas (I make Ethan Allen groan in his grave), and marriage advice (I’m the one who needs it).

But if you’re looking for some pure fun and a feast for your eyes and soul, I highly recommend the magical world of Pinterest. Just take my friend’s advice and . . . set the timer.

Are you on Pinterest?
What is your favorite social networking site?
Do you limit your time online?
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