Mommy has a little confession to make: She uses Pinterest a bit more than she probably should. It’s just so addictive! If you don’t already know, Pinterest is an incredibly popular photo-sharing tool that allows its users to create virtual pinboards that can be organized by various categories that may include beauty, fitness and exotic foods, for example. This networking tool allows me to “pin” relevant images and multimedia content to my virtual boards. Pinterest really does feature some excellent images that are both visually appealing and inspirational in many cases. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve also made several new contacts who share similar interests and tastes as me. It’s rather fun and entertaining leaving comments on various images and engaging in a dialogue with fellow “pinners,” as we are called. Among the most popular content themes on Pinterest include beauty, fashion, arts and crafts, fitness, home decor and inspirational items.
All this may seem harmless enough. However, I just can’t live in denial anymore. I have become a serial pinner. I know for sure I’m not the only one. After all, Pinterest is the fastest growing website of all time, according to Fortune magazine. TechCrunch recently reported that Pinterest has become the fastest standalone site in the United States to cross the 10 million unique monthly visitors mark. This is rather phenomenal when you consider that Pinterest is outpacing the likes of powerhouse networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
It’s tough admitting that I’ve become a serial pinner. I usually visit Pinterest to find delicious recipes for my family so I can prepare new and exciting dishes. However, what usually ends up happening is that I get an urge to pin everything I see and I never actually have time to prepare the dishes I find. As a result, my husband usually has to wind up ordering pizza or picking up Chinese for the family. I don’t mean to let this happen! I promise.
This infographic (picture below) found on Mashable perfectly illustrates why Pinterest has become so addictive for so many Internet users worldwide. The combination of Pinterest’s massive collection of “eye-candy” images and my general fatigue with Facebook and Twitter has led me to become a serial pinner. Out of every 100 amazing recipes I find on Pinterest, I may actually only take advantage of two of them. It’s time for me to stop talking about the amazing arts and crafts ideas on Pinterest and actually start completing them with my children. I’ve set a daily time limit of 20 minutes that I can spend on this site.
I hope my kids understand that mommy is trying hard here!
Kristy Lewis is a proud wife and mother of three, serial “pinner” and web content coordinator for BabyChangingStation.com. Kristy is trying hard to actually complete the exciting tasks and activities she discovers on Pinterest.