I have to admit it. Of late, I’ve been Pinterest crazy. If you’re not already on Pinterest, you might be thinking, ‘I don’t need more social media in my life, thank you very much.” But Pinterest is very easy and low maintenance. It’s basically all about you, you, you!
An On-line Vision Board.
The idea of doing a vision board is what initially got me interested in Pinterest. You know — a poster board covered with glued-on pictures of your favourite things cut out of magazines. I thought Pinterest would be a less messy, on-line equivalent so, I got a Pinterest account and started looking around.
Initially they provided me with people to follow so I wasn’t completely lost, but eventually I started following people who liked what I liked. Along the way, I discovered that Pinterest was so much more than a way to make vision boards. If you are a visual person, it’s a feast for the eyes. For me, it’s become a photography mecca, where I can collect photographs I love and return to them again and again.
Check out my flower board.
If you’re reading this blog, you know I love flowers, and there is flower photography galore on Pinterest. I have now pinned more than 700 flower photographs to my boards. As I pinned away I realized that there were subsets of flowers, so I created a Garden board, then a Floral Design board, then I started to separate them into colours. Somehow birds found their way onto my flower board until I realized I needed to create a separate board for them. Who knew I liked birds? Not me.
Apparently, I’m also interested in architecture, the Isle of Skye in Scotland, horses, boxy glass eco houses, chocolate (no surprise there!) and beautiful nature photography. Among other things, I’ve seen places and artifacts from around the world that I had no idea even existed. Pretty cool.
Pinterest experts say you’re supposed to break your boards down into bite-sized pieces, but mine are currently anything but that. But there’s no pressure … I’ll get to it when I get to it. By its nature, it’s a work-in-progress.
I’d follow you anywhere.
You can start your own boards and follow people you like and collect images from pretty much anything you like. One of my favourite boards is my Inspiration board. When I need a little pick-me-up, I can turn to it and find inspirational quotes from Rumi or the Buddha or even Bruce Springsteen.
Pinterest is one of those magical little corners of the internet where you can bliss out on your own and at the same time be following people from all over the world, while they follow you. It doesn’t take long to realize that even though distance and cultures may separate us, we’re all essentially the same. We all like a little beauty in our lives.
Give it a try!
Get out there and find what you like. You may surprise yourself.