If you’ve been on my facebook page, you’ll know that I’m having some computer issues, so I’m not able to post some pictures that I’ve taken lately, but I’m hoping that today is a bright new day and that the computer angels will be able to fix it (and my external) today. In the mean time, I thought I’d be share some thoughts on Pinterest.
I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have a little love/frustrated relationship with Pinterest. As bloggers, we do get a lot of unique traffic from people “pinning” their favorite posts (thank you!) and then strangers seeing those pins, hopping over, and discovering our blog for the first time. Hopefully that first impression is a good one, and those individuals will want to stick around and come back to see what else is in store for them. However, some people just want that one post and may never come back, and that’s fine, too. A frustration I’ve found is that it kindof lumps all blogs into one when people say, “I got this idea on pinterest” when in reality, they DID first see it on Pinterest, but the actual idea came from another source….but that source is forgotten.
I realized a year or so ago, that I don’t want everything on my boards that I’ve seen & pinned to be seen by others. It’s mostly when I’m in party planning mode. When I did a baby boy airplane shower, I pinned a million airplane ideas, but I didn’t want those attending the shower to see all of them before the shower. Some of them I was going to immitate, and others I took the inspiration and put my own spin to it. I didn’t want the party attendee’s to see ahead of time, or hear from them, “I saw you pinned this and wondered what you were going to do with it.” I’d heard it before. I’m happy to admit that I used those ideas as my inspiration, but I put a lot of work into it, and for people to realize and mention to me at the party that they’d seen it elsewhere is a bit disheartening…but yes, I did first see it on pinterest. Maybe I’m a copycat sometimes, and just don’t want to be called out on it.
Now onto my last pinterest thought…and if you’re following me on Instagram, you might have seen this (kristendukephotography on IG). On Sunday, I was visiting family a few hours away and went to their church building, where a stranger saw my daughters cute outfit and said, “look at how cute she looks, it looks like something you’d see on Pinterest.” As she smiled and walked away, I should have smiled and thought “how nice” but instead I felt irritated as I thought, “I put this outfit together all by myself, thank you very much” and I know she just meant something about my skilled abilities of organizing an ensemble (wink, wink) was like unto creative ideas she’d seen there, but to have given “pinterest” the credit, when credit wasn’t due–totally bugged me! I got the pieces at Target almost a year ago, and I was so giddy to pull the skirt from one section and the jacket from another section, not intended to go together. It’s pretty much my favorite outfit of hers right now. Here is the outfit taken with my phone:
The fact of the matter is, it’s a double standard. I realize that, I can’t be happy with the situation either way. Sometimes I’m creative without pinterest, and it gets the credit. Sometimes I borrow ideas and don’t want to be found out. I still love pinterest, and that I can see tons of creative recipes, exercise ideas, home projects, and photography all meshed into one place. I love it, I do, I even use it as a search tool now instead of google search. But I’d love it if the conversation was able to change a little bit.
Here are some of my favorites that I’ve pinned lately from my Pinterest page.
From my Delicious Board (I really want to split this category into savory and sweet, but will those following it see that?)
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies
(just made this last night, have yet to eat them, but the dough was amazing!)
Blueberry Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe
In my brief looking around, I LOVED this site. Beautiful colors, great photography, delicious recipes. Pinterest helped me discover a new food site! Her pinterest boards are AMAZINGLY detailed, wih a whole lotta followers.
From my Home Decor Board, I found this little girls room that I LOVED:
This image is actually the inspiration behind my office makeover. Remember my yellow desk? Uh-huh…I’m getting very close to finishing and I’ll show you the whole she-bang!
When we were designing our Barn Door TV cover, I looked up barns doors on pinterest, and pinned a whole bunch of ideas that helped us finalize how we wanted the design on our barn door. It was nice to see a lot of options all in one place.
Last weekend, we actually made these mini bow and arrows with cousins
Those q-tips shoots FAR, and all the kids and cousins loved playing with them!
Yesterday, we checked another item off our list and spray painted T-shirts. I mean, I get paint on my clothes that doesn’t come out when I’m working on a project, but I never thought to do it intentionally! Love these stripes below, but I haven’t made mine yet.
My kids put painters tape all over as they wished, then we got out the cans in the garage, and they had a hay-day.
(someone on Instagram asked if we were Texas A&M fans b/c of the letters on their shirts–ha! nope, just coincidence.)
There you have it! I know my love/frustration with pinterest may be unique to me…may be irrational…but that’s what I do here…spew my thoughts whether crazy or not! Any thoughts on splitting up my food board into categories? Will people have to add those boards, or will they transfer if they are already following the main food board?