Are you on Pinterest?

Follow Me on PinterestI resisted the idea of Pinterest for a long time.  I thought it would be just another time sink for me.  Another way to spend lots of time looking at wonderful images and not making wonderful things.  If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it is a space for you to keep virtual bulletin boards full of images you love.  You can also view images of things other people have pinned to their bulletin boards.

I joined a few weeks ago and, so far, I really like it!  The best part is the ability to grab a picture from anywhere on the internet and pin it to one of your boards.  I’ve got Favorites on Etsy, Favorites on Flickr and I can Like things on Facebook, but I can put them all together on Pinterest.

Cinque Terre, Italy

I decided to limit my boards to my quilt and fabric addiction, plus a few quotes and some architecture and home dec ideas.  I am avoiding the travel and clothes categories in my pinning.  I could pin gorgeous travel destinations all day!  Same with beautiful clothes and jewelry.  But, maybe not.  Here’s the thing I didn’t anticipate:  because there are SO many amazing images, I can only spend a relatively small amount of time looking at everyone’s pins before I get stimulation/inspiration overload.  In general, I am only spending about 20  to 30 minutes a day looking at other people’s pins.

To join Pinterest, you must be invited.  You can go to the site and request an invitation or one of your friends can invite you (not exactly sure how that works yet).  It took three or four days after I requested an invitation  before I got the OK to go ahead and join.

If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, click here or in my right sidebar.  Follow me on Flickr here and Facebook here.  (My Esch House Quilts email signature is getting ridiculously long :)).

So, what do you think about Pinterest?

  • amandajean
    Posted at 21:29h, 02 March Reply

    nope! i'm not on yet. i may be the last one on earth, LOL. but like you mentioned, i'm afraid of the time it will consume. not to mention that the idea overload problem will probably increase 100 fold. and i certainly don't need that. somedays i'm afraid my head will explode.

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 17:24h, 01 March Reply

    I joined Pinterest last fall and am pretty well hooked. However, I opted out of the emails that come in every time someone Repins, Comments, or Follows a board. It would be easy to spend all day Pinning, and I'd rather be quilting!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 01:37h, 26 February Reply

    What I love about it is not having to remember who posted the quilt that I was thinking about when i want to go back and see it … I've pretty much limited my time to quilts and a little bit of cabin living … but I do limit myself to only 1 or 2x per week for small amounts of time … the iPhone ap is actually good … allows me to look just at the images from people I am following without getting the image overload that you can have on the web version

  • Lynne
    Posted at 22:39h, 25 February Reply

    I have also resisted as I felt it would be a time sink and also felt I had no need of it.

  • Marty Mason
    Posted at 21:01h, 25 February Reply

    I had pretty much the same feelings as you about Pinterest…..however, I reserved the right to change my mind as soon as I joined….I realized my reluctance was unwarranted. Love it!

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