|One of my boards on Pinterest|
I'm a reluctant follower and usually at the tail end of a trend. I only joined Facebook and Twitter last year. My list of Facebook friends is embarrassingly short and my tweets are sporadic at best. It's hard to keep up with my blog, never mind "social media". The problem is that I'm not a very social person. I'm quiet, reserved and basically an introvert. And I'm happy that way. Socializing with people other than friends and family makes me uncomfortable sometimes. Socializing online with strangers can make me, well, tense. It's the same feeling I get before going to the dentist. I've realized that since I'm not gregarious by nature, a website won't transform me into a social maven. Even with some comfort of anonymity.
So when Pinterest rolled around, I rolled my eyes. I'm busy enough with a full time job, my parents, my partner / boyfriend, friends, (even a cat), tennis. And a blog (and I forgot about LinkedIn). I wasn't looking for another reason to sit in front of the computer. But it's done now. I've tried it and like it. Very much.
Pinterest is a different medium than FB or Twitter, for sure. But for me, it's ideal because it's all about visuals. Pinning photos from the web onto your boards is lightning fast and easy. The source of the photo is included within the pin so no need to track the source yourself. Once I got going, it only took me ten minutes to create a board. And if I'm in the mood to write, I can add a comment to the pin. It's less time consuming than blogging and Facebook and Twitter.
And more fun sometimes.
So what do you think of Pinterest? Have you tried it yet? Are you using it more often than your blog / Facebook / Twitter account?
~ D ~