I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.Read All Entries
why, for me, pinterest is personal
My sister worked in a bakery one summer when we were younger. By the time we went back to school in the fall, she couldn’t stand even looking at cakes or pies or bread.
Because of that, I rarely use Pinterest for business.
You see, I love Pinterest.
Ha ha! I just went back and saw that’s exactly how I started my post when I first discovered Pinterest a few years ago. Well, the love affair is still going strong.
It’s totally my guilty pleasure, my go-to spot when I need a break. Just like the monthly “Breathing Space” feature in O, The Oprah Magazine (which, by the way, is always a photo — and which, hmm, I’m now thinking I should make a Pinterest board for), it’s a place where I can just look at pretty pictures while I try to clear my mind. When you see me pinning like crazy, you know I’m feeling overwhelmed.
I am very particular about the boards I follow on Pinterest. I love those that are related to books, travel, blankets and handknit items, quotes and journals. I love cottages, beaches, trees and hearts. But I don’t just follow every board about those subjects. They have to really touch me in some visceral way that I can’t explain. The whole tone of the board and the way it’s been curated has to resonate with me.
So, while I’ll happily follow back on Twitter or Facebook or Google+, I’m sorry but Pinterest is off limits. When I’m stressed and I click on Pinterest, I expect to be met with pictures of places I want to visit, libraries I dream of creating in my own home, soft afghans offering me a virtually hug.
I don’t want to see wedding gowns, baby toys or gluten-free meals.
I’ve created a few boards related to my blog and my writing, and I love those because they’re like scrapbooks which I’m happy to share. And I’ve created a Things I Think My Mom Will Find Pinteresting board so my mother can just sign in and see what I’ve found for her. Sometimes I even leave notes for her on the pins.
Sometimes the instructions aren’t even in English, which is always good for a hilarious email from my mom.
Of course, I will never make most of the DIY crafts I pin — and that’s okay. To me, the point of Pinterest is to be able to dream. It’s the equivalent of the bulletin board that used to hang over my bed when I was a teenager, filled with pictures and quotes that just made me happy to wake up to every morning.
It can also act as a vision board. It’s unlikely I’ll visit all of the places I pin — but I will definitely visit some. And the more I pin home libraries, the more convinced I am I will have my own one day.
As for everything else, it doesn’t even matter whether I ever make/visit them.
It’s enough to be able to just look at them.
I’d love for you to share one of your favorite boards or pins in the comments below.