Pinterest is one of the sites that has something for everyone although it seems like more women than men use it! What is Pinterest, you ask? Pinterest is a social networking site that has visual pins in the form of little pictures and links to most anything you might want – or not want to know about. 😉 While most folks have heard of it by now, I’m sure that there are those of you asking “Why would I want to join that site” or “I don’t get it – what will it do for me”?
Those were the questions that I asked last year when someone at a dinner party suggested the site. I came home and checked it out and thought “why would I need this site? and what’s the point”?? I signed up anyway, started a few boards and half-heartedly started re-pinning some things that I thought were cool. I played around with it, off and on, until we left for Maine in the summer.
In Maine, we travel on 35 miles of dirt road to arrive at our camp. It is a small A-frame building out in the woods on the edge of a lake. There is no electric unless we run a generator. I worked pretty hard to get an internet connection and after much ado and Mifi, we are able to have SOME internet connectivity. Unfortunately, viewing anything as photo intensive as Pinterest is almost impossible with a connection that often-times feels like a dial-up connection. (remember those – sigh)
Fast forward to October when we arrived back home in North Carolina. Woot, woot – a fast internet connection again. It wasn’t long before I was checking out Pinterest again and this time around – I was loving it. I find so many pins that are informative – how to clean items, ways to decorate, paint or colors that match, photography tips, travels, patterns, quotes, recipes and SO much more! Here are just a few of my boards (for those of you unfamiliar with the site, the boards contain my pins): One more reason that for loving Pinterest is the recipes. I have always been a pretty boring cook (ok, I still am a boring cook) and we pretty much have been eating the same types of food for our thirty years of our marriage. One of the biggest reasons for this is that I like simple, uncomplicated meals that don’t take a lot of time, are easy to prepare, and don’t involve a lot of cleanup. The older I get, the less I want to spend time cooking BUT I do like eating. 🙂 Since arriving back home in October, I find myself checking Pinterest for recipes that are simple and uncomplicated but have a different twist than what I have been making for years. Who knew that meatballs made with a sweet & sour sauce, pineapple and green pepper in a crockpot (easy cleanup) could taste so good? We love chicken and now have about a gazillion ways to make it different and tasty.Well, there you have it – a brief synopsis on Pinterest. If you haven’t checked it out yet, click HERE or click on the “Follow Me On Pinterest” link in the right column. This is a fun site and I find myself checking it almost every day. I even think it has made me a better cook or at least a more imaginative one. Try it and let me know what you think!
12/09/2012 – ONE MORE THING! Just a note of caution. I’m back today to mention something that I remembered that I wanted add to this post. When I re-pin a pin that I find on Pinterest, I always follow the link before pinning, just to be sure that I’m not pinning a link that has nothing to do with the pin or has a less-than-desireable link associated with the picture on the pin. That’s it!! Once you are sure of the link, re-pin it! Happy pinning!