Everyone on the net these days seems to be talking about Pinterest. How it’s the next big thing for just about anything and everything, and how anyone serious about having an online profile needs to be on there.
Well, I have a confession to make. I have never gone browsing on the Pinterest site. I have gone there when directed by links sent from friends, but I don’t really “get” it as yet. I know that I should go and have a really good look, but I have such limited computer time that it seems a waste to spend it doing that when I could be writing. Or blogging. Or doing any number of other things that need doing, like paying bills, enrolling my kids in various activities and other mundane, everyday things. Heck, I don’t even go on real estate sites to check out the houses for sale in my area, even though I walk past a number of them regularly and am very curious about what they look like inside. (Go to an open inspection and see for myself? Sorry. It’s on against tennis lessons for son #1.) Computer time feels too valuable to spend just surfing, if that makes any sense.
Yet, Pinterest is calling. Part of me is intrigued and part is turned off by its exclusivity – you need to be invited to join up – and everywhere I look people are getting pages, linking to things, “pinning”. I think I have a vague understanding of how it works, but I fail to see its appeal. Then again, I’m someone who takes a while to “take” to new things, in many ways. For years I was the one saying, “But why would anyone bother to blog? Who cares about the thought processes of someone like me?” (Thinking about this, it may still be true, but I’m inflicting my thoughts on you anyway. Perhaps I’m just more blase about it now.)
So I’m interested in people’s thoughts on this. Is Pinterest worthwhile? Should I ask for an invitation? And is it really as addictive as some people say it is?
Really, tell me what you think about this. I’m all ears.