Blog Post #35
You may not remember, but back in November of 2011, I wrote a post about a new obsession. I had just discovered this social network — “Pinterest – the visual bookmarking tool that lets you discover and save creative ideas” — and I soon had pinned many ideas, recipes, things I wanted, things I thought were clever … so many pins.
Today, I have almost 200 “boards” and over 8000 “pins”!! Whaaaaaat!!!
I fear that I am a pin hoarder — collecting many ideas and concepts but doing nothing with them! It is incredibly easy to save all manner of stuff to “the world’s idea catalog” and I still love to keep cool and interesting things that I discover on the web in one handy place — but, seriously — 8000 things??!! When will I ever have the time (or inclination) to cook all the dishes or make all the crafts, sew all the patterns?? Really, when will I ever accomplish even a quarter of the how-to’s or read every “life hack” that I have collected over the past five years?
I really do have some incredibly interesting and fun stuff collecting dust in my Pinterest boards. For example: in my board “1001 Uses For…” you will find links to articles such as — 51 Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide, or 45 Uses For Lemons, and 120 Clever New Uses For Old Things. But while I’m sure it is useful, I haven’t looked at any of this information since I pinned it!
My board “Week Day Vegetarian” has 330 recipes! I may have made 5 of them — for instance, one of my favourites that I do make fairly often is Lentils With Eggs and Greens. Although, I do frequently visit my Pinterest boards when planning meals, it is safe to say that I will never make even half of the recipes that I have stored in any of my recipe boards.
There are 112 pins in my “Yoga” board, but my yoga practice is sketchy to say the least!
I have a few boards with fewer than 5 items in each — but even those are just well —there. I haven’t looked at them — not even once! Makes me wonder why I even pinned them! A case in point, my board “Brainstorm” has just 2 pins: 11 Ways To Get Through Work After An All-Nighter, According To Science and 24 Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter but I haven’t read either of them.
Okay… I just had a quick peek at both of these articles when I was getting the links. They ARE interesting — I’m going to have a closer look at these ideas, right after I finish this blog post!
Pin hoarder — that is what I have become!! I can’t help myself — it definitely is an obsession! The first thing I do whenever I come across something I find interesting, clever or fun — is pin it! Maybe I need some serious professional help!!
However, I am not likely to change anytime soon. But awareness is the first step, right? I am going to make a concerted effort to at least attempt to explore the varied and wonderful stuff I have collected in my Pinterest boards. I’ll let you know if I feel smarter after I try the 24 Daily Habits mentioned above!
Also, I have a baby shower to go to soon, and I am planning on sewing something as a gift. I’m thinking maybe a onesie, simple pajamas or a light blanket or two might be nice (and easy!). Perhaps something like this cute onesie I found pinned in my “Oh, Baby” board. I will definitely post photos
if when this project is completed!
For dinner, tomorrow night, I will make Frank’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce, a recipe that I found on my board “Mangiare a Sazietà”
Maybe, I will feel less of a hoarder when I start actually using some of my pins to lead me to wonderful discoveries! As I’ve said before: “Just do it!” I’ll keep you posted.
Oh, and if you want to know a little about what interests me — follow me on Pinterest!
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